2013-10-17 / News

Marcus exhibit opens at arts center Friday


Island artist Peter Marcus will open his solo exhibit on Friday night at the Jamestown Arts Center. Above, “D and E,” a mixed-media collage created by Marcus that will be on display. The work is 6 feet wide and 9 feet tall. 
Courtesy/Peter Marcus Island artist Peter Marcus will open his solo exhibit on Friday night at the Jamestown Arts Center. Above, “D and E,” a mixed-media collage created by Marcus that will be on display. The work is 6 feet wide and 9 feet tall. Courtesy/Peter Marcus The Jamestown Arts Center will present collagraph prints by award-winning artist Peter Marcus on Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 15. The show is called, “Large Scale Experimentation Using the Face as the Subject.”

A resident of Jamestown, Marcus draws upon the inspiration of Baroque style and more than four decades of printmaking knowledge to create a new body of work featuring the faces of his family and friends. Acclaimed for his largescale architectural prints, Marcus goes a layer deeper to explore the faces within those spaces.

Marcus’ work is about process, scale, experimentation and the element of surprise. His mixed-media paper prints on canvas are his largest to date at 6 by 9 feet. He reveals through his technique the beauty of the mark that printmaking has to offer.

“Printmaking is a structure I can hang my marks on,” he said. “I use it to make art and not just a print.”

Marcus grew up in Brooklyn and was interested in art from a early age. He taught at Washington University in St. Louis for 32 years. He founded Island Press in the late ’70s to produce collaborative large-scale prints. He created an intaglio press that is capable of printing 5-by-10-foot plates.

Marcus creates large-scale prints inspired by architecture and faces, and his work attests to his technical mastery of the printmaking process. He has exhibited widely across the United States, including New York and Chicago, and internationally in the Netherlands. He has always favored intaglio printing, referring to any image created from a recessed design in a plate. He has used the process as a base for further examination, often combining digital photography with his prints. His innovative technique of bonding coated paper to canvas permits his large-scale presentation without the distortion of glazing, a technique that challenges the distinction between printmaking and painting.

Complex patterns and textures draw the viewer into his work, with space-defining areas of color applied over primarily black-andwhite collagraphs, a form of intaglio printing related to engraving and etching. In 2011, Marcus received an award for teaching at the Southern Graphics Council International Conference. In 2013, he won best in show from the Newport Art Museum. He also won best in show at the Jamestown Arts Center’s members show in 2013. The JAC exhibit will be Marcus’ first solo show in Rhode Island.

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