Under Pressure at Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon
October 1, 2019 – October 25, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday October 12, 3 – 5pm
Under Pressure refers to the nature of printmaking processes, which use pressure applied with a press or by hand to transfer an image onto paper or another support.
The title also refers to deeper themes examined by the artists. Subjects range from the impending pressure of climate change to societal pressures, such as the pressure to have children before it’s too late portrayed in Sharon Augusta Mitchell’s mezzotint The Biological Clock. (pictured)
New CSP member Kamil Zaleski’s work examines the pressures of images which increasingly try to define us in this “era of ubiquitous digitization.” Other work references forces such as barometric pressure, the pressure of the deep sea, as well as gravity. Katherine Venturelli’s Quantum Leap visually represents the increased kinetic energy that results from pressure applied to molecules. Other artists discuss emotional pressures inherent in the art-making process. Hélène Paulette Côté refers to pressure as “a way of life”, stating “I found I do my best work under the pressure of a deadline”. Susan Silvester observes that “due to a variety of factors the print you get doesn’t always work. Pressure is in the knowledge that this process is a gamble that can’t be depended on. However, it is rewarding when it does!”
Participating artists include Shunsuke Ando, Margo Bors, Donna Brown, Jen Cole, Cathie Crawford,Hélène Paulette Côté, Barbara Foster, Linda Fribley, Deena Haynes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Mehrdad Khataei, Joanna Kidd, Dixie Laws, Barbara Milman, Sharon Augusta Mitchell, Lynn Newcomb, Michael O’Shea, Arline Reimann, Aslı Sağlam, Roxanne Sexauer, Susan Silvester, Maryly Snow, Karen Towne, Frances Valesco, Summer Ventis, Katherine Venturelli, Linda Yoshizawa, Kamil Zaleski.
Lindsay Dirkx Brown Art Gallery
12501 Alcosta Blvd. San Ramon, California
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm