Friday, July 13, 2007


I stopped into the Ink Shop this afternoon to check out the their latest shows. Both opened just a week ago. For those who don't know, the local printmakers collective has the strongest exhibitions program of any non-museum in town. No other local gallery so consistently avoids the taint of provincialism. (I say this in all sincerity, and not just because they ply me with wine and delicious hors d’œuvre at their openings.) They have two concurrent exhibits up: one a show of etchings by Ella Sadza-Loinaz and the other the Ink Shop Associates' Summer Show.

Sadza-Loinaz's show is strong. Her monochrome prints are full of delicate line-work, rich and varied textures, and idiosyncratic uses of perspective
ambiguous spaces somewhat reminiscent of Bonnard. Typical subject-matter: one or more naked women standing in an exotic indoor or outdoor setting. The figures are formally posed, mannered, and seem oddly detached from their backgrounds and from each other. A pair of pieces featuring orchids are also memorable; in one, the flowers are lined up along the bottom edge looking like soldiers wielding swords or polearms. (See the bottom three images at the link posted above for show samples). The show will be up through the end of August and the artist will be giving a talk next Thursday, starting at seven in the evening.

The associates show is more uneven, but the best pieces are impressive. Highlights include Irina Kassabova's intricate etchings of sea creature skeletons and a paper cutout diorama by Craig Mains. The latter, with Ed Ruscha-like deadpan wit, shows a trailer home sprouting little cartoon flames (the printing was done via gum-transfer).

They are also holding an "Annual Fine Art Silent Print Auction," which runs through the 27th of this month. The proceeds go to support the Shop's annual Kahn Family Fellowship.

UPDATE (07/18): The above mentioned lecture will take place on the 9th of August, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

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Blogger The Ink Shop said...

Hi Arthur,

I read your comment on The Ink Shop show with great pleasure as always. Thanks for mentioning Ella's Talk Print date for August 8. Just one correction: beside Ella's exhibition we do show the Ink Shop Associates' Summer Show which is separate from the Silent Auction. Thus Craig's and Irina's pieces as well as most of the work in the East gallery belong to the Associate Show.

Christa Wolf

3:11 PM  
Blogger arthur said...

Thanks and sorry. I need to better job of fact-checking.

3:37 PM  
Blogger arthur said...

I edited my original post so it gives the correct information

3:50 PM  

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