Professor Laurie Sloan, printmaker and founder of our own Counterproof Press, has a great show of images fusing digital technology and traditional screenprinting for the month of April (in Hartford, at EBK Gallery). Plus she’s getting some serious ink (pun intended) in “Two Coats of Paint,” Sharon Butler’s well-respected blog about fine arts. Check out more Professor Sloan’s work here.
Sharon Butler from EBK Gallery writes about Sloan’s work:
Sloan says her process, which involves fusing digital technology and traditional screen printing techniques, is like that of a naïve (or irresponsible) scientist who tests hypotheses, executes experiments, and injects random occurrence into established order. A fragment may become a tail, a claw, or an ear depending on the context. At first glance, the black and white images, loosely conjuring woodblock prints from medieval manuscripts, seem abstract and graphic, but over time, they gain resonance as steady, accusing eyes seem to emerge from the dark masses. Sloan works the images until, as she says, they have the odd quality of agency but also feel like victims. Sloan’s monsters, like Grendel in Beowulf are powerful and dangerous but at the same time targeted and vulnerable.
“Laurie Sloan,” curated by Sharon Butler. EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT. April 1- April 30, 2016. Opening reception Saturday, April 2, 6-9pm.