Art: Printmaking Takes Us on an "Art Loop"


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By Sharon Fujimoto-JohnsonThe Japanese have a word game called shiritori, in which players must come up with a word that begins with the last syllable of the previous word: "neko" > "kotatsu" > "tsuru," and so on. I think the English equivalent is called a "word loop," which is a cousin of the word association game. (I say, "sweet potato," you say, "potato chip," I say, "chip-n-dip," and so on). In any case, in these word games like these, one rides the magical loop of mental associations. Here's an "art loop" of sorts, beginning at an Adventist college near you (well, if you're in Southern California, to be exact):

"€œWomen in Printmaking€" March 1 - April 5, 2007

Opening reception: March 5, 2007 Brandstater Gallery in the Visual Arts Center, La Sierra University Open Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 2-5:00 p.m., closed Friday, Sabbath, and University holidays. The exhibit celebrates the 30-year anniversary of Women in the Arts Movement and is curated by the Riverside Art Museum. Closing reception: April 5, 2007. Info: 951-785-2959.

Printmaking is also on exhibit in New York City: "Artistic Collaborations: 50 Years at Universal Limited Art Editions," at the Museum of Modern Art, January 17 - May 21, 2007. As featured in the New York Times article "Even in the Digital Age, a Strong Case for Printmaking" (registration necessary, or log in from "bugmenot.com.") And in New South Wales, Australia:

Still on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary art, New South Wales, Australia is "Multiplicity," a printmaking exhibit that aims to tell an alternate history of prints and multiples over the past 40 years. October 18, 2006 - March 25, 2007 Speaking of Australia..."Where the Rivers Meet: New Writing from Australia," the current issue of MANOA, the journal of the University of Hawaii, is an outstanding collection of fiction, essays, poetry, and photography representing a complex society in which diverse groups seek belonging and the preservation of community. Speaking of belonging... The "outsider art" of Mexican artist Martin Ramirez is garnering interest: Article: "Mystery Train: Martin Ramirez, outsider," New Yorker 1/29/2007 Review: "Outsider In," New York Times, January 26, 207 And finally, speaking of community and art and you... Futurefarmers is an organization that seeks to bring people together to create new work that cultivates consciousness. Project for Public Spaces is dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4334