As I began the daunting task of curating an exhibition from so many extraordinary submissions, I was immediately taken by the number of prints that reflected the somber atmosphere of our times–dark times. Many artists created work that responded to the current challenges our nation and the world are facing concerning issues of race, gender, economy, and ecology. I found these prints sobering and wanted to curate an exhibition that reflected the many ways artists approach darkness.
In this exhibition there are a diversity of printmaking methods and materials including sculpture, video, and books. There is a broad range of abstraction, figuration, and conceptually based tendencies. A few of the pieces focus on physical darkness in the microscopic and cosmological domains. Some works are angry, some pained, and some are healing and hopeful, but all are passionate about the precarious state of our troubled times.
– Alison Saar