Monday, February 21, 2011

Two prints in The Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial 2011

"Hermione" and "Neon Tetra," two prints from my new Big Pixel Series, were selected by curator Jim Dine for inclusion in The Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial 2011. The Biennial set a record this year with 811 artists submitting 2049 works from which 149 prints were selected by 105 artists. show runs from February 27 to May 1, 2011. The Opening Reception is Sunday, February 27th, 3pm - 5pm, at the Danforth Museum, 123 Union Street, Framingham MA. All are welcome.

This show is one of the major print reviews held in the United States. The 2011 Biennial features prints created in traditional print processes that include lithography, woodcut, linocut, etching, mezzotint and screen printing, as well as works produced in new or experimental media such as digital, collage, artist books, and 3-dimensional constructions.

About my images: "Hermione" and "Neon Tetra" were originally drawn as part of my virtual reality installation "Acquarella," which can be viewed here if you have a Second Life account: or online here: Elements of "Acquarella" were used as the set for a machinima called "Acquarella: The Fable" written, directed, and produced by my second life avatar Alizarin Goldflake and filmed by Chantal Harvey. The machinima was shown at the World Expo in Shanghai in September and October of 2010.

With the "Big Pixel Series," the pixel emerges from behind the scenes to become integral not only to the process but also to the visual sparkle of the drawings. This incorporation of my technology into my look also extends to the printing of the drawings. They are now output as multiple panels, which function as compositional elements that reflect the modular nature of the digital medium. The digital drawings are drawn just like my charcoals, lithographs, and pastels except that I use digital tools, including a software program called Corel Painter 10 and a Wacom pressure-sensitive digitizing tablet and stylus. The images are printed on canvas and presented as hanging scrolls.

Related events:
Opening Lecture: Sunday, February 27th at 1:30pm, "A Dialogue:" Artist Jim Dine and MFA curator Clifford Ackley at Framingham State University Dwight Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public and is funded by Framingham State University’s Arts and Humanities Council.

The Arches Student Print Show: a companion to the 2011 North American Print Biennial, this show will appear in second floor galleries of the Danforth Museum School. Since 1999, this exhibition has expanded the scope of Biennial activities to include printmaking from more than 20 New England colleges and universities. Sponsored by the Arches Paper Company, this show not only acquaints the public with emerging printmakers, but also gives students an opportunity to exhibit with some of our country’s most renowned artists.

Gallery Talk: exhibiting artists Don Gorvett and Sean Hurley, Sunday, March 6 at 12pm

Gallery Talk: Deborah Cornell, Boston Printmakers Executive Board Member, Sunday, April 3 at 12pm

Panel Discussion Remembering Mazur: Artists Michael David, Joel Janowitz and Betsy Garand present personal reflections on the life and work of artist Michael Mazur (1924 - 2009) Sunday, April 10 at 3pm
DIGITAL ART: Martha Jane Bradford
Web Site:
MJB Blog:
VIRTUAL ART: Alizarin Goldflake (Metaverse avatar of Martha Jane Bradford)
Atelier Alizarin (Second Life studio):
Anza Borrego Oak:
Acquarella:the Fable ( a Chantal Harvey machinima) (Chinese narration)
Metemspyche's Garden:
Studio Tour:
The Maze:
The Mysterious Forest:
The Winter Bear: