First Impressions at Tsao Gallery
January 9 – January 24, 2020
Opening Reception Friday January 10, 6-8pm
Community Printmaking Sessions: Monday, January 13 and Thursday, January 16, 4pm – 6pm
The California Society of Printmakers returns to Davis Arts Center presenting the exhibition First Impressions. The exhibition includes 30 artists and features a wide range of printmaking techniques, from traditional processes to more experimental methods (including books and other 3d work). First Impressions refers to the first image pulled in the printmaking processes. Printmaking uses pressure applied with a press or by hand, to impress ink onto paper or another support. The exhibition title also refers to deeper themes examined by the artists. Some work, such as The First Contact by Shunsuke Ando and Aslı Sağlam’s Old Dreams in Present Tense show the “first impression” of meeting with a stranger. Sandy Walker’s Birth Image was created following the birth, and first meeting, of his daughter. While these artists explore first impressions of in-person encounters, Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro looks at social media as a new source of first impressions. She observes that “For many today, online communication is a substitute for face-to-face interactions. While sitting behind a screen, you can shape how others perceive you and create an alternate impression of an identity you aspire to.” Other artists, like Ashley Rodriguez Reed and Sharon Augusta Mitchell, document first encounters with nature. Mitchell’s Nocturne was inspired by an unexpected encounter with a graceful Luna moth. She states, “Having never seen one, I was struck by its extraordinary beauty”. Bob Brokl and Helene Paulette Cote take inspiration from images and impressions discovered in their travels.