A major part of the Southern Graphics Council Conference is the involvement of about 30 galleries, studios and museums, all of which put their own stamp on the medium of printmaking. Here are some of the highlights of the weekend. There are receptions Thursday on Main Street, Friday on Broad Street and Saturday in Manchester.
"Hand Prints" features work from street artists Klutch (Portland), Josh MacPhee (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and collage-maker Barrett Gordon (Chicago). These artists have relocated their spray-can styles from the cityscape to the gallery walls. Outside, the stencil-based work might not be legal, but inside, anything goes. Reception March 28, 6-10 p.m.
"Repressed3," explores the colorings of social consciousness and the public art of dissent. This exhibition includes a series of workshops on DIY stencil-making, drypoint printmaking and screen printing. Politically minded artists John Hitchcock and Marwin Begaye will be conducting what gallery director Amanda Robinson calls a "printmaking buffet" and event organizer Andrew Kozlowski calls a "screenprinting smackdown," in which Hitchcock feverishly runs off prints while bands play. That's March 28, 6-10 p.m.
Works by event organizers Kozlowski, Richard Roth, Holly Morrison, Don Crow, Peter Baldes, Philip Wetton and Arthur Hash make up the faculty show for the conference weekend. "Digitally Mediated Prints" offers a cross-section of what branch of the art VCU professors get obsessed with. The student-run Studio 23 will also have portfolios on display. Reception March 29, 6-9 p.m.
Grafoos, screenprints and street art -- ADA presents an exhibition of five very different artists: Stephen Hendee, Dominick Lombardi, and collaborative works by Ryan O'Malley and the Spahr Brothers (Josh and Matt), whose prints end up on pillows. A show of Lombardi's tattoo-inspired work opens in Japan this month, too. Reception March 28, 6-10 p.m.
Glave Kocen Gallery
Dave Bruner's intricate woodcuts capture lost cityscapes, bars and the tropical flora of his home in Florida. The former Richmonder also features a bit of printmaking self-regulation: a shadowbox frame containing the print alongside the canceled block, "a solid hole through the middle so you can't reprint it," says co-owner BJ Kocen. "You'll see the effect of how someone's gotta carve the block backwards." And how the artist ensures he'll never be able to rest on that one favorite piece. Reception March 27, 6-9 p.m.
Page Bond Gallery
Is this a casualty of the mower, hair clippings from circus clowns or an elaborate game of pick-up sticks? "Slivers (880)," a 2006 monotype by VCU printmaking M.F.A. Randy Toy, presents the possibilities of perception along with others at "Inked," a show of print works by Kris Iden, Tanja Softic, Will Berry, Chris Palmer and Toy. Reception March 27, 6-9 p.m.
Five VCU arts graduates have established Studio 23 at Plant Zero. The new nonprofit printing press lets artists who wouldn't normally have access to a press create relief printing, lithography, etching, lino or woodcuts. The show features the work of those artists, plus others. Reception March 28, 6-10 p.m.
"3D Multiples: The Object of Production" reverses the printmaking concept, in which created art is mass-produced. With 1708's sculptures of straws and baby bottle nipples, the mass-produced things become the art. Consumerism is the game here, the abundance of things made more interesting or obscene by their infinite numbers. Keep your nose peeled for Brian Goeltzenleuchter's custom fragrance. Reception March 28, 6-10 p.m.
Visual Arts Center
Works by Virgil Marti and the Wallpaper LAB artists show how what's on a wall can carry a message. Marti's work includes wallpaper imaged with bones that look like flower arrangements at a distance. A.J. Bocchino of Wallpaper LAB color-codes headlines from The New York Times and generates wallpaper that tells you what's on the minds of America at a glance. Reception March 27, 6-9 p.m.
Reynolds has the distinction of featuring works by Kerry James Marshall, the SGC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Marshall's media covers painting and sculpture, but here he's showing his comic "Rythm Mastr," a commentary on narrative art, race and perspective. Also on display is work by 1960s pop/conceptual art icon John Baldessari. Reception March 27, 7-9 p.m.
Probably the best opportunity for Richmond to share the wealth: On Saturday afternoon in the basement of the Landmark, print works by more than 500 SGC members from across the country will be on display in three rounds. There will be more prints by more artists on display here than probably anywhere else in the country, thousands of works by people who won't want to lug the things back to their home states and will part with them for the right price. March 29, noon-4:30 p.m.
VMFA's Pauley Center
Three decades of stone stack up behind the work of Barbara Tisserat, a VCU professor whose dedication to lithography earned her a retrospective, "Lessons: 30 Years of Printmaking," at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in 2005. Tisserat borrows images and diagrams from other sources to assemble her own idea, which becomes a whole through her reverent attention to the qualities of the paper she uses. Reception March 27, 6-9 p.m.