Ink + Paper

Printmaking is an art in itself, and Seattle has an impressive history in printing innovation dating back to the late 1950s, when UW art professor Glen Alps developed the collagraph process, using plates made from collaged material. "Ink + Paper" at G. Gibson Gallery richly demonstrates how 13 accomplished artists are continuing the local tradition of experimenting with technique in this craft. Curated by Larry Sommers, a printmaker who teaches at the UW School of Art, the work ranges from Joan Stuart Ross' deeply textured color and text collages to Claire Cowie's offbeat woodcut, silkscreen, and pencil renderings of odd-looking dogs and an amusing family portrait comprised of 13 cutout heads. Eva Isaksen's delicate rubbings of plants, seeds, and rubber bands conjure images of plant biology under a microscope, while the abstract lily pads of Richard Hutter's Mere reveal a sharper graphic-art approach. Amanda Knowles uses etching and stitching to achieve her striking tableaux of floating geometric circles in Torus III and Torus IV (pictured). Meanwhile, Barbara Noah wryly jazzes up standard NASA photos of Earth with a balloon fitzing past in the foreground or a toy plane gliding by. It's not surprising that some of these artists have work in the collections of MOMA, SAM, the Tacoma and Portland art museums, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This show is a good way to view work from a variety of artists who would normally only show individually in their representative galleries. G. Gibson Gallery, 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, www.ggibsongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. (Gallery is closed for the holidays until Jan. 1.) Ends Jan. 14. SUE PETERS

 
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