Shifting Plates, the second print exhibition directed by Steven Chapp of Black Dog Press and Studio, is a two-part print exhibition consisting of 32 original prints by 16 South Carolina printmakers. The exhibit was in part funded by a matching grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville. It is Chapp’s intention not only to get a great body of work together for an exhibit, but to help the general public gain insight into the complexities of the printed image. Chapp invited each artist to produce two works for this traveling exhibit. The smaller 11 x 15-inch format prints were produced for a print exchange among the group. A portfolio exchange is an opportunity for printmakers to receive a body of original prints. An edition of 25 prints in a variety of printmaking media was produced by each artist and exchanged, 1 for 1. The first 16 prints are for the exchange and the 17th print is framed for the exhibit. The remaining prints are available for sale. Chapp gave the group a second task to produce a full sheet print in the dimensions of 22 x 30 inches. This print could be from an edition or a singular print meaning a unique image such as a monotype.
Shifting Plates II consists of a range of printmaking media and techniques that makes for a very informative exhibit. You will see woodcuts and engraving, dry point, stone lithography, reduction linocuts, screenprinting, intaglio from photopolymer, & metal plates and monotypes.
The artists in the group are: Kent Ambler, Jim Campbell, Marty Epp-Carter, Kevin Clinton, David Gerhard, Catherine Labbé, Mark Mulfinger, Chris Koelle, all of Greenville; Jim Creal and Andrew Blanchard, both of Spartanburg; Steven Chapp of Easley; Katya Cohen and Robert Spencer, both of Clemson; Barbara Mickelson of Belton; J.P. Tousignant of Central; and Mary Gilkerson of Columbia.
The Curtis R. Harley Gallery will present a PANEL DISCUSSION with 4 of the artists (Andrew Blanchard, Jim Campbell, Steven Chapp, and David Gerhard) from the exhibition and ARTISTS’ RECEPTION at 4:30 p.m. January 29, 2015, at the Curtis R. Harley Gallery, located in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center on the USC Upstate campus. The Exhibition runs from January 16 through February, 20, 2015. This is a free event and the public is invited to attend.