STOPPING TIME: Material Prints 3000BC to Now

Representing printmaking practices from ancient Mesopotamian images pressed in clay from cylinder seals to 3D printed contemporary works.

Stopping Time Print exhibition

This exhibition expands on the definition of printmaking by bringing works of art together in thematic clusters, regardless of their period or place of production, collapsing the temporal distances between them and emphasising the dual power of material prints to embed or carry time and to stop time as we engage with them. Extending well beyond the usual point of origin for printmaking in the fifteenth century when Johannes Gutenberg (1400 - 1468) invented the movable type printing press, to the perceived decline of printed imagery with the development of digital photography at the end of the twentieth century.

Material prints are images or objects that have been created from a matrix by mechanical, chemical or electronic means and can be experienced as physical or material artefacts. The strategic inclusiveness of this broad definition positions traditional prints on paper as part of a much larger constellation of printed images that extends well beyond the usual point of origin for printmaking in the fifteenth century, when Gutenberg invented movable type. It also extends into the present, beyond the perceived terminating decline with the development of digital photography at the end of the twentieth century.

The full range of printmaking practices is represented, from ancient Mesopotamian images pressed in clay from cylinder seals to 3-D printed contemporary works, this exhibition positions traditional prints as part of a much larger constellation of printmaking, and features key works from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection, and the Griffith University Art Museum along with several private collections and recent works by contemporary artists including Ali Bezer, Blair Coffey, Ryan Presley and Pamela See.

Supported by Griffith University Art Museum and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

On view from Saturday 23 October to 5 December 2021.

Image credits:
Joseph Lycett (1774 - 1828) The Sugar Loaf Mountain, near Newcastle, New South Wales 1824 (detail), Hand coloured etching and aquatint on paper. Newcastle Art Gallery collection.
Homepage tile: Kunikane, Edo period Village Scene c.1863 (detail), Woodblock. Private collection. 
Slider: Sally Robinson b1952, Beach crossing 1976 (detail), screenprint using photo stencils. Griffith University Art Collection




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