Up Down Around: 5 New Color Screenprint/Lithographs
September 27 - October 23, 2012
Up Down Around, 2011, is a series of five colorful screenprint/lithographs of connected geometric forms that creatively reach out, both horizontally and vertically, towards the margins of the paper. Shapiro’s latest collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Gemini G.E.L. workshop explores the artist’s adeptness in translating the language of sculpture into the two-dimensional realm via his considerable expertise in printmaking. With intentionally misaligned elements stacked one on top of another, oscillating between stability and precariousness, this series has moved closer towards abstraction and revels in its ambiguity. The five images feature distinctively unique forms, and range broadly from electric and bold to slightly muted coloring. Nevertheless, the prints have been named to indicate one cohesive series, titled Up Down Around (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e).
Through the layering of lithography on screenprinting, Shapiro is able to achieve an abundance of expressive possibilities. In a visual characteristic typically associated with Shapiro’s pastel drawings, bits of colorful scuff-marks arbitrarily surround the otherwise crisp shapes. These marks appear to be completely unintentional, and yet the pairing of the lithographic and screenprint process requires exceptionally precise attention to detail.
Artists for Obama 2012
On view in the project space through Election Day
Artists for Obama 2012 is a portfolio of limited edition prints by 19 of America's most important and accomplished artists, created specifically to raise funds for President Obama's election to an all-important second term.
The portfolio is printed in an edition of 150 by Gemini G.E.L.LLC
For a $28,000 donation you will receive the complete portfolio (prints are not available individually; portfolio delivery Spring 2013).
For more information, please visit: http://www.joniweyl.com/Obama2012.htm