40 Print shops at Washington DC Printmakers Gallery

Print shops from around the world converge in DC this month to present new works that run the gamut of print processes. Visitors to Washington Printmakers will get a chance to see just how diverse and thriving printmaking is today. For over a year Meet Your Printmaker has been compiling a directory of independent print/printmaking studios through its blog (blog.meetyourprintmaker.com). Unlike other printmaking blogs, Meet Your Printmaker shifts the emphasis away from the artist/printmaker and presents the printers/printmakers as a unique workforce … the groups and individuals who uphold and evolve new and traditional printing/printmaking techniques, whether in the form of commercial work, artist editions or retail products and who share their skills and educate their respective communities.

The work in this exhibition presents a selection of printed matter from 40 print/printmaking studios around the world. We asked that the studios abandon any ideas/judgments of client work vs. personal work; art vs. design; experimental vs. traditional, etc. so that we may present this as a general inquiry into how these studios (some of which have never presented work in a gallery setting) are approaching the use of similar tools and processes. The results are as diverse as manipulated mimeographs from Norway, 3D constructions from New York, street artist folios from Latin America, letterpressed posters from across the country, and some exceptional collaborative works made locally.

Participating studios in no particular order: DWRI Letterpress, Dirty Hands Serigraphie, Bleu Acier, The Little Friends of Printmaking, Sycamore Street Press, Dieu Donné, Deep Wood Press, Standard Deluxe, Patent Pending, Outlaw Print Co., Erika Ebert Press, Cannonball Press, Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Common Press, Stumptown Printers, Slugfest Printmaking Workshop, Extrapool, Squid Ink Kollective, Tugboat Printshop, Lunalux, Purgatory Pie Press, The Firecracker Press, Thomas-Printers, Aesthetic Apparatus, The Lower East Side Printshop, Iskra Print Collective, Halo Halo Screen Printing, AS220 Community Printshop, Proyecto´ace, Elshopo, Low Rider Tee Shirt, Starshaped Press, Pinball Publishing, Uhrgalo, Sonnenzimmer, Punk Rock Payroll, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Polluted Eyeball, Spudnik Press, Bob Eight Pop.

About the Washington Printmakers Gallery

The Washington Printmakers Gallery is a cooperative print gallery located in DuPont Circle. Founded in 1985, the Gallery is Washington DC’s primary source for artist-pulled fine art prints, and has a membership of local and national printmakers. Gallery hours are: Tuesday – Thursday, Noon – 6 pm, Friday, Noon – 9 pm, and Saturday & Sunday, Noon – 5 pm.

Meet Your Printmaker

July 3 – July 28, 2009

First Friday Reception, July 3, 5-8pm

Guest Speaker, TBD

Media Contact Karisa Senavitis | 202-332-7757 | info@washingtonprintmakers.com

Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20009 www.washingtonprintmakers.com

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