Bianca Cork exhibits at The International Print Center, New York

Bianca Cork, Printmaking Technician in The Falmouth School of Art, was recently supported by the School to attend the 2014 Print Week in New York, where her work had been selected for the exhibition Somewhere and Nowhere at the International Print Center…

The IFPDA Print Fair

The IFPDA Print Fair

I was recently given the opportunity of attending and exhibiting at the 2014 Print Week in New York. During Print Week, galleries around the city host lectures, exhibitions and openings focused on printmaking and its vitality as an artistic practice.

One of the highlights of the week was the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Print Fair, which featured around 90 exhibitors presenting fine art prints. The show was hosted at The Park Avenue Armory – part palace, part industrial shed – a breathtaking venue in which to view comprehensive and dynamic print works both past and present.

(c) Bianca Cork, Graving Docks, 2014. 68 x 95cm. Original print in a series of 4. Monotype, relief print, screen print.

(c) Bianca Cork, Graving Docks, 2014. 68 x 95cm. Original print in a series of 4. Monotype, relief print, screen print.

The Autumn Exhibition at The International Print Center New York (IPCNY) opened during the week of my visit. The exhibition consisted of fifty projects by different artists, selected from over 4,000 prints.

The aim of the show was to promote the greater appreciation and comprehension of fine art print. The work I exhibited within the IPCNY was entitled Graving Docks. It is a study of Falmouth dockyards, combining a range of printmaking processes including mono-type, relief printing from heavily etched steel plates and screen-printing from hand drawn positives.

Whilst in new York, I viewed the collections of many galleries and attended relevant private views; and as well as IFPDA and IPCNY, visited The Met, Guggenheim, MOMA, Pace Prints, The Old Print Shop, New York Public Library, Wave Hill and Paula Cooper Gallery. I engaged with artists, collectors and curators and saw other printmaking studios, which were insightful and gave me a good feel for what is relevant and popular within contemporary printmaking.

I saw the printmaking process used in conjunction with new technologies, processes both traditional and non-traditional merging. This is an exciting way of working and I aim to encourage others to approach their printmaking experimentally. Printmaking doesn’t have to be limited to a 2D surface; my trip showed me prints exhibited within any number of surfaces, including paintings and sculptures.

Now that I have returned to Falmouth, I am looking forward to collating and imparting all that I have seen and learnt.

Before joining The Falmouth School of Art staff as Printmaking Technician, Bianca studied at Glasgow School of Art and The University of Brighton, and completed her MA in Fine Art Contemporary Practice at Falmouth in 2012.


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