Some gallery highlights from Thursday night receptions:
At the Hartnett Biennial of American Prints at University of Richmond two subtle and elegant letterpress prints caught my eye and really touched me, one called "Luft" dealt with the atmosphere and the one above called "Bay of Pigs." The prints, by Dirk Hagner, are some of the least heavy-handed works about our environmental problems that I've ever seen. When I got back to the hotel I checked out Hagner's web site and discovered that he makes gorgeous woodcut portraits. Woodcut lovers, go have a look! His work is subtle and bold at the same time, a stunning combination.
The Glave Kocen Gallery was showing a woodcut artist named Dave Bruner who makes color reduction prints as well as black and white prints that he refers to as wood engravings. The prints appear realistic until you get closer and begin to see that Bruner uses all sorts of patterned marks to get his tonal values. See below for a closeup of the print above:
More gallery receptions tonight, including Gallery 5.