Case-by-Case Basis at the Lloyd Dobler Gallery, March 6 – April 11, 2009

The Southern Graphics Council Conference was held in Chicago last weekend. The culture of printmaking is one filled with extremes of application, from those that embrace the specifics of the medium or if its one based on the cultural implications of printmaking as a easily and instantaneously produced medium for circulation within the populace. Bad at Sports recorded a podcast in conjunction with the conference which, thanks especially to Mark Pascale’s contribution, helps to illuminate the discrepancies between what is printmaking in terms of an art practice in general.

This all-print show at Lloyd Dobler features carefully crafted, gorgeous works with a hint of mystery to them. Literally, something is missing, a ghostlike trace across the print in Alex Chitty’s works that distinguishes the present-day work from being mistaken for a 19th century print. This spectre points to the haunting of printmaking by its past, a fear still so real and tangible.

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