& Additions offers a fascinating journey
into the highly skilled, labor-intensive world of printmaking
and the more intuitive world of journal making. The printmaking
artists in Editions & Additions
are David Avery, Linda Lee Boyd,
Barbara Rogers, and Ron Tanovitz.
The two journal makers, Debra Cramer and
Jill Russell, besides showing their individual
journals, have collaborated by exchanging journals and adding
onto each other’s pages on a weekly basis over a period of
time. The results are well worth the patience required, showing
intuitive leaps into color and design that nurture the imagination.
If the nature of journals is to express
innermost being in a free-flowing and intuitive process, printmaking
has been called a true “labor of love,” involving techniques
that are as diverse as etching on metal plates with chemicals
and hand-carving wood to produce woodcuts and wood engravings.
David Avery prefers the subtleties and nuance of black and
white in his etchings, while Ron Tanovitz plays with the delights
of color overlaid with color. Linda Lee Boyd’s woodcut series
focuses on workers, seeking to capture how people feel about
their work in the many steps and iterations required to complete
a woodcut print. Barbara Rogers’ atmospheric series of “neighborhood”
prints is intrinsically appealing and nostalgic, in a good