The Print Center

James Siena
Due Jul 27 2019

James Siena: Resonance Under Pressure

April 19 — July 27, 2019

The Print Center is pleased to present James Siena: Resonance Under Pressure, a solo exhibition of new prints by New York-based artist James Siena, and New Typographics: Typewriter Art as Print, a related thematic exhibition of typewriter prints by Lenka Clayton, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Gustave Morin, Elena del Rivero and Allyson Strafella. These exhibitions are curated by Ksenia Nouril, PhD, Jensen Bryan Curator.

The Print Center is honored to exhibit new prints by James Siena, published in conjunction with printmaking programs at universities from and beyond Philadelphia. The works’ connection to pedagogy is very important to this exhibition, which includes displays of the various materials, from the matrices to the papers, produced and used by James at each printshop. The result is a diverse picture of the organically collaborative nature of the printmaking process. Jumping off James’ longstanding interest in the typewriter, the exhibition New Typographics: Typewriter Art as Print looks at historical and contemporary prints produced by the typewriter — what now, in the face of computers, smart phones and 3-D printers, might seem like an antiquated technology. In conducting research for this exhibition, I was surprised by the range of prints that could be rendered using a manual typewriter — what is a very simple but powerful machine for the creative process.

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Image: James Siena, Parentheses, Tesselating, 2018, lithograph, 10” x 8 ¼“, edition of 20. Courtesy of the Artist and The University of the Arts, MFA Book Arts + Printmaking Program