March 9 – May 27, 2018
Opening Friday March 9 at 5pm - all welcome.
Whangarei Art Museum is pleased to present In Series, an exhibition by Northland-based award-winning artist printmaker Mark Graver.
Printmaking lends itself to series-based work. There is a long tradition of editioning and working in suites, collected folios or narrative sets (Hogarth's Rake's Progress, Picasso's Vollard Suite, Goya's Disasters of War, Hokusai's Views of Mt Fuji etc. By Working 'In Series', Graver allows for a wider and deeper exploration, evolution and development of linked ideas.
In Series features eight interconnected bodies of work influenced by memory, place and time. Artworks correspond technically, conceptually and through content, often with related images being manipulated and developed from a single source to form bodies of work with multiple, non-hierarchical entry and exit points.
The works in this exhibition are all original prints, predominantly made using photographic images, computers and archival inkjet pigment printers at Wharepuke Print Studio in Kerikeri, Northland - New Zealand's only dedicated Non-toxic Acrylic Resist Etching workshop.
Established by Graver in 2005, the
studio's practice avoids the use of unnecessary toxins and exposure to harmful substances with a focus on safer printmaking practices and techniques
- for the artist and the environment.
Graver completed a B.A. Hons Fine Art in 1988 and M.A. Printmaking in 1995 in the United Kingdom before moving to New Zealand in 2003. He is a curator, tutor and author of the printmaking handbook Non-Toxic Printmaking (2011, London, A&C Black). He has sat on printmaking selection panels in China, Bulgaria and New Zealand and curated international print projects in the UK and Australia and his works are held in many international public collections.