LAPS 18th National

Los Angeles Printmaking Society

Currently on view through November 19, 2006

"Ink and Idea"
Platt Gallery
University of Judiasm
15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA

See review in Artweek



The Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS) is a major printmaking organization with a US and Canadian membership of over 400 active printmakers, plus associate, student, honorary and patron members. Based in Los Angeles, it reaches out to all printmakers throughout the USA and Canada during its biennial national exhibition, which is one of the major contemporary print exhibitions in the USA. In addition to inviting printmaker/artists to enter, LAPS also invites the participation of local presses.

Last year, out of over 1,500 slides submitted by 380 artists, juror Ruth Weisberg selected 61 independent artists plus 8 artists from the 9 participating presses. Ms. Weisberg, distinguished artist and printmaker, is Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California.  In the catalog’s juror’s statement, she discusses submissions: 

“So much good work with a real variety of approaches.  American printmaking today interweaves several trends with no aesthetic dominating...I had the challenging task of distinguishing the digital and the digitally assisted.  The digital look is widespread, but there is also a counter impulse expressed in prints that feel ‘handmade’ that really want you to notice their traditional emphasis on craft.” 

Of the selection process she states:

“I had two purposes in making my try and give an overview of contemporary printmaking...and...the selection of individual prints that stood out for the quality of their concept, expression and execution...I gravitated towards work that integrated personal conviction with knowledge of craft and printmaking practice that allows an image both a life of its own and a web of poetic connections.”

For the first time since the inception of the LAPS National Exhibition, the organization singled out an artist, honoring June Wayne, founder, in 1959, and director of Tamarind Lithography Workshop, for her contribution to printmaking. In 2002 Wayne became Research Professor at the Rutgers Center for Innovative Paper and Printmaking (RCIPP), and is working on a suite of lithographs on the Aurora Borealis. Her work was exhibited in conjunction with that of the artists of the LAPS 18th National.

In order to inform the public and inspire young artists, The Armory Center for the Arts, through a grant from the Irvine Foundation, the Giesen Trust and the Institute of Museum Library Services, offered a residency to Endi Poskovic, whose work was included in this National Exhibition. During the duration of the exhibit, Mr. Poskovic set up a studio at the Armory and demonstrated his woodcut techniques, typically working on 40” x 70” multiple block prints.

The Los Angeles Printmaking Society 18th National

The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103
Tel: (626) 792-5105

September 25 to November 20, 2005

Satellite show to the LAPS 18th National at
Saddleback College Art Gallery
"Another View 2 : Selected Works from Contemporary North American Printmakers"
October 24 - November 17, 2005
28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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