Join us for the Opening Reception of Works on Paper, a selection of prints and drawings created by Oklahoma artists in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Oklahoma State Arts Council entrusted Artspace at Untitled with over one hundred works on paper as a part of our Graphic Arts Resource Center. This gift helped Artspace establish a wide-ranging collection of prints and drawings from that time period, which can be viewed by appointment during open gallery hours.
The works curated for this exhibition feature various types of visual qualities, subject matter, and printmaking techniques, such as serigraphy, intaglio, monotype, dry-point etching, lithography, and collage, but come together to represent the aesthetic and practices of the 70s and 80s.
Alongside these works, we are also featuring a selection of prints in our library created by our former Artists in Residence throughout the years. As a requirement for their residency, each artist is asked to create an edition of forty prints with a portion of the prints added to Artspace's permanent collection. The techniques used by the artists on display are many of the same as those used by the artists in Works on Paper, with an obvious difference related to the care and quality of materials used. This juxtaposition illuminates how the processes, materials, and methods of printmaking have evolved within the state of Oklahoma in the last few decades; making the art form more accessible and sustainable with each movement.
Artspace is excited to debut Works on Paper as we continue to educate students and the Oklahoma City community about the unique properties of printmaking, its connection to drawing, and its contribution to the art world.
Works on Paper opens Thursday, February 22nd from 5-8pm and will be on view through March 17th.
Thank you to the Oklahoma State Arts Council for their gift and making this exhibition possible. Learn more about the Oklahoma State Art Collection here.