The Printer’s Painting exhibition explores the spontaneous possibilities that the monotype print presents.
Exhibiting artists include Doris Bloom, Fleur De Bondt, Natasha Norman, Judy Woodborne, Sizwe Khoza, Michelle Rolestone.
Monoprints are one-of-a-kind, printed image. They have been called “the painterly print” or the “printer’s painting”. Indeed making a monoprint brings together ideas from both practices, as well as concerns from drawing. Monoprints are also sometimes called monotypes. The two words are often used interchangeably, with monoprint being the more common and generic of the two. A useful distinction, favoured by many, is that a monoprint employs some form of repeatable matrix used in the development of the image, whereas a monotype is not dependent on the ability to repeat information. The term “monotype’ is used specifically for works without repeatable matrices.
Monotypes are probably the more familiar form. Working on an unarticulated plate, the artist develops an image much like a painting or drawing. When it is complete, the image is printed onto paper or another support. Because the marks made to create the image are not physically established in a printing matrix, it is possible to print only one copy of the image. Ghost impressions are sometimes taken of the ink remaining after the original print has been taken, but the quality of the image is significantly different so as to constitute another monotype altogether. It is common to “work into the ghost”, that is using the ink residue as a guide. (Printmaking, Beth Grabowski & Bill Fick, 2009)
The monotype allows for additive, reductive or different print mark making that is not possible in painting or drawing and is therefore a very unique way to create an image.
Come an enjoy the various versions of this special technique during our “Printer’s Painting Exhibition, in Cape Town, opening on the 16th of May, 6-9pm at Artist Proof, 102 Castle Street, Cape Town.