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Mendocino College Gallery hosts printmaking exhibit through February

Megan Moore, “Silhouette Constructions,” collaged etching, photopolymer and relief prints.

UKIAH, Calif. — The Mendocino College Gallery is presenting “First Person: Explorations in Printmaking,” curated by Jazzminh Moore, through Feb. 5.

With an exciting mix of 11 local, national, and international artists, “Explorations” speaks to both the content and processes by which these diverse artists come to make their work.

The general theme “human perspectives on nature” acts as a broad container within which artists push the boundaries of printmaking, exploring process, scale, color, text, texture, materials and beyond.

The work from the 11 invited artists includes:

• Eileen Macdonald, head of Printmaking at CSU Chico, started treating paper in the same way that she would treat a copper etching plate during the mezzotint or etching process. Her works combine printmaking with paper cuts and pin pricked paper.

• Ulrike Theusner’s etchings and monotypes depict humans “trying to control the beast, the wilderness, the natural being of animals – but they can’t.” Theusner, originally from East Berlin/Weimar, currently has a solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Leipzig, Germany.

• Eunkang Koh, head of Printmaking at University of Nevada, Reno, often depicts half-animal and half-human figures. These hybrid creatures represent a portrait of us as social animals and the society that we live in.

• Ben Beres, professor of printmaking at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and one-third of the well-established collaborative trio SuttenBeresCuller, explores text and process in his hand-marbled, high-key color monotypes.

• Solange Roberdeau, 2023 Mendocino Arts Champion and new adjunct faculty in printmaking at Mendocino College, includes natural phenomena to make the work – for instance by applying ink to sheets of paper and leaving them out in the rain or allowing the wind to create patterns in suminagashi prints.

“Explorations” also features a selection of student work from Solange Roberdeau’s Introduction to Printmaking class here at Mendocino College.

The college offers an associate’s degree in art with a focus in printmaking and recently added a new 46-inch by 96-inch Takach etching press to its Ukiah campus.

Mendocino College Art Gallery is located at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays, noon to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m.; and Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m., and by appointment.

To view more from Mendocino College Art Gallery, including the new Visiting Artist Lecture Series, visit https://www.mendocino.edu/academics/programs/arts/art-gallery.

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