February 20, 2019

“From Durer to Digital And 3-D” at Ellarslie

“THE HISTORY OF HER LIFE WRITTEN ACROSS HER FACE”: This work by Margo Humphrey is featured in “From Durer to Digital and 3-D: The Metamorphosis of the Printed Image,” an exhibit at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park, on view March 8 through April 28. An opening reception is March 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Trenton Museum Society presents “From Durer to Digital and 3-D: The Metamorphosis of the Printed Image,” a new exhibit at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cawalader Park in Trenton, on display March 8 through April 28. The exhibit, curated by Judith K. Brodsky, shows how printmaking has evolved from traditional techniques like engraving and woodcut to three-dimensional works printed on the computer. 

An opening reception is Friday, March 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Brodsky will give a talk at 7:15 p.m.

The exhibition is in three sections. The first section consists of prints by contemporary artists who are using traditional printmaking in new ways. The artworks in this group were created at the Brodsky Center, a printmaking center established by the curator of the exhibition at Rutgers and now located at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). These include life size figures by Barkley Hendricks, Willie Birch, Maria Gutierrez, and Willie Cole. Others in this group are self-portraits by feminist artist Kiki Smith; a print lithograph with gold leaf by Margo Humphrey, printmaking professor emerita, University of Maryland; and a portrait of his mother by the revered British artist Frank Bowling. 

The second section is about photography. Photography grew out of printmaking in the 19th century. The artworks in this section are by Princeton-based photojournalist and photographer Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick; Pennington photographer Evan Wolarsky; and Wendel White, Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and distinguished professor at Stockton University. They all use photography in ways that are thought of as traditional, although their content is very contemporary.

The final section consists experimental works: Diane Burko collaborating with Anna Tas on holographic prints; Anne Spalter with video prints; Judy Gelles combining prints and text into sculptural works; Nervous System with 3-D computer generated, artist-designed jewelry; and Helen Zajkowski using the photo copy and its ability to make infinite copies for an installation. 

A panel with the artists Burko, Gelles, Hohmuth-Lemonick, and White will be held on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in the museum.

For more information, call (609) 989-3632 or visit www.ellarslie.org.