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Katherine Brimberry gives a talk preceding the opening reception of Printmaking Now
Thursday, October 4th, 2007
Katherine Brimberry Offers Insider's Look at Printmaking Now

Katherine Brimberry, co-founder and co-director of Flatbed Press in Austin, gave a gallery talk on Saturday September 22 to offer an insider's look at Printmaking Now: a group exhibition of original, limited edition prints. The crowd followed Katherine around the gallery as she expounded on the artists, their processes, and the press's role in collaborating with artists. See full story for more on select printmakers included in the show.

All of the artists in this exhibition deserve their moment in the spotlight, but the artists included below provide an overview of the regional and national talents that have converged at Flatbed Press over the years, and are on display in conjunction with the Garden Gallery's Fiber Arts Exhibition at Rockport Center for the Arts through October 20, 2007.

 
 

Billy Hassell

is an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University. He is also the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Anne Giles Kimbrough Award at the Dallas Museum of Art. Hassell will be presenting a one-man show of his work at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi beginning September 21. Entitled Migration, the subjects in his works are based on actual observation and are representative in nature.  The backgrounds, however, are more imaginative and are made to focus the viewer's attention on the primary object. 

 

James Surls

is one of America's foremost living sculptors and one of the most fascinating creative forces on the international art scene in the last several decades. His works have been shown in both national and international solo and group exhibitions and are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; and the Dallas Museum of Art. He has been making prints with Flatbed Press since 1990.

 

Susan Davidoff

is a native El Pasoan who attended the University of Texas at El Paso (BFA) and New Mexico State University (MA & MFA). Her drawings, paintings and prints have been exhibited widely throughout the United States and Mexico and are included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Davidoff's work explores the intricate patterns of nature and the relationships of botanical shapes. The artist takes long hikes, returning to her studio with collected plants and mosses she has gathered along the way. She often uses natural pigments from the materials she gathers on her hikes, rubbing them into the surface of her drawings and prints with beautifully subtle effects.

 

Luis Jimenez

(1940-2006) was also a native El Pasoan and a prominent sculptor who made his last prints at Flatbed Press. Rockport’s own Jesús Moroles apprenticed under Jimenez in the late 1970s. Moroles said of Jimenez: “I feel like in that one year I was able to gain so much experience just by osmosis, by being around him… everything he did translated into what I wanted to do.” Luis Jiménez was killed on June 13, 2006, in his studio, when a large piece, a mustang intended for Denver International Airport, fell on him. The sculpture was based on the eight-foot-high sculpture Mesteño (Mustang), now on display at the University of Oklahoma.