Printed Matter II opens in Taos for one night only on Saturday February 6th at 555 Gallery at 1022 Reed Street. It is a showcase of 20+ printmakers from Taos, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Penasco, Silver City, San Luis Colorado and Scottsdale Arizona. The work on view will be a wide spectrum of commercial and non-commercial artwork done by local artists and print shops using a variety of techniques including: silk screening, linotype, letter press, photo-transfer and other non-digital, hand crafted graphics-which range from $3-$1,000.
Originally curated by Tim Jag of The Baca Arts Project in Santa Fe, Printed Matter opened to great success at Offroad Productions in Santa Fe on January 22 — there was literally a line to get in. Tim and his partners at the Baca Arts Project- a cooperative art studio and gallery- started exploring the world of screen-printing and Tim was interested in the work and the studio spaces of print shops in the region. Tim was impressed will the talent and the spectrum of work coming from these presses. He thought it would be great idea to gather all of them under one roof for a special showcase. After the success in Santa Fe show, Forge of Serigrafix offered to move the show to 555 Gallery in Taos.
“I was amazed at the enthusiastic response from the attendees at the opening in Santa Fe! There were so many unique, affordable creative works in the room that people had a hard time deciding what to take home with them! So many talented and hard-working artists had the opportunity to demonstrate their printing techniques to the public and network with other artists. It was a truly entertaining and informative experience!” – Forge, Serigrafix Studio, Taos, NM
The 555 Gallery is a workspace and special event gallery shared by Forge, Nick Beason, and Aya Trevino. Every now and then, sometimes without warning, 555 invites you to experience “one night only” art viewings, installations, performance art pieces, music or whatever ingenious creativity flows from emerging, and established artists of Taos, New Mexico and beyond. They will be announcing calls for entries for curated shows in the coming weeks, so stay connected! For booking info, or to visit 555, call Jason at 505-316-0237.
Printed Matter II opening will feature posters, works on paper, mixed media, TShirts, cards, fine art prints as well as live printing by Elizabeth Evans of Wildhorse Press, Forge of Serigrafix, and Sarah Hart of Hart Print Shop.
Participating Printmakers include, from Santa Fe, NM: Baca Art Projects, Katherine Beck, Burning Books, Christa Dalien, Thais Mather, Penumbra Letter Press, Scuba Collective, 12 Tons Of Letterpress, Warehouse 21 Printshop, Wildhorse Press; from Peñasco, NM: Nick Beason and Gerd Bianga; from Taos, NM: Hart Print Shop, Serigrafix Press, Veloy Vigil Press; from Las Vegas, NM: Todd Christiensen; from Silver City, NM: Power and Light Press ; from Scottsdale, AZ: Santo Press and from San Luis, CO: Ventero Press.
There will be a special limited-edition David Bowie Memorial serigraph by FORGE available for sale. All profits from the sale benefit the Taos Youth Music School.