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Date Thursday, September 16 - December 19, 2010
FeaturingAlysia Kaplan, Jon Lee & Beauvais Lyons
Location Olson Gallery - View maps and directions

Event Description

This exhibition looks at printmaking artists who draw their imagery or ideas from other communication media. Some are making direct commentary on the media and how our lives are influenced by it, while others are simply appropriating and repurposing imagery from the mass media. The exhibition is curated by Jeff Wetzig, associate professor of art at Bethel University.

About the Artists

Karin Bos was born in 1966 in Rijswijk, Netherlands, and graduated from the Amsterdam School of Fine Arts. She lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her main media are painting, drawing and printing. The 3 Spy Girls in this exhibition are screen prints on silk, framed in embroidery rings. The imagery evoked by her work of is that of a nice world at first sight. Bright colors and references of childhood contribute to this. However, slightly absurd dissonants and frictions result in unanswered questions. People are the main subject of Bos' work. She's especially interested in their peculiarities and their mutual relative power and relations. Her work deals with sociological issues such as power and sexuality which she presents in a humorous way. In the recent works of Karin Bos, young women play the leading role. Powerful and vulnerable, dangerous and innocent, daring and touching at the same time.

Wanda Ewing is a true Midwestern girl, born and raised in the city of Omaha, Neb.  She received her B.F.A. in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. She later received both her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Iowa. Wanda currently lives and works in Omaha. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. The artworks she creates explore the subjects of race, beauty standards, sexuality, and identity. Inspired by images found in popular culture, she often uses humorous narratives as a device for engaging the viewer.

Alysia Kaplan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. In her work, she explores the various themes of home and place: home as commodity, graphic versus physical space, and the multi-layered consciousness that comes with owning and inhabiting a home. She has exhibited her work both locally and nationally at Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; The International Print Center, N.Y.; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, Calif.; The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pa.; and The Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium. She is currently teaching in the Visual Communications Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jon Lee is a printmaker, papermaker, and educator and is currently associate Ppofessor at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. A native of South Korea, he has worked as a professional printer for eight years, both in Korea and in the United States. Upon completing his Master Printer Training at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, he moved to Iowa to earn his M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Iowa. Lee has exhibited widely throughout South Korea and in the U.S. Lee's goal is to make work you can look at for a long time without becoming tired of it. To be satisfied by the minimum. The work is simple. Perhaps it is not really simple, it only appears simple at first glance, but soon reveals itself to be more complex. The image is reduced to its essence, the colors monotone. Through self-discipline, he achieves work that is simple, monotone yet rich and alluring.

Beauvais Lyons is a professor of art at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he has taught printmaking since 1985. See his website for information on his projects as a fake curator through the Hokes Archives. His work for this exhibition was created for the Association for Creative Zoology. Lyons' one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 50 museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. His prints are in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; The Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. In 2002 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznañ, Poland and coordinated the IMPACT 4 International Printmaking Conference in Berlin and Poznañ in September 2005.


Michelle Westmark
Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art