Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Mary E. Wagner / Painterly Prints
Monotypes and Chine Colle
May 15 - June 3 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, May 15th,6:00 pm ~ 10:00 pm
Printmaking is the art of producing an image by transferring impressions from a plate, block or screen onto paper. Because the creation of a monotype involves the direct application of inks onto a plate, and allows the artist to manipulate the inks on the plate by brush, roller, and other tools, it is often referred to as the “painterly print”, and it is preferred by many artists who consider themselves primarily painters, not printmakers. Its qualities include freedom, flexibility, and spontaneity.
The process of chine colle, which is used on many of the prints in this exhibit, is a specialized printmaking technique originated in the late eighteenth century and which enjoyed great popularity in the nineteenth. Chine colle is roughly translated from the French, “chine” being the French name for paper manufactured in China, and “colle”, meaning attached.
Dupont Circle Location
1709 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009