The Printmaking Showcase Gallery, on the second floor of the Art and Architecture Building, is pleased to present “Ghost Prints,” a series of monoprints by The Dry Points, a band of printmakers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The exhibition will be on view during the month of November.
Formed in 2011, the Dry Points are a group of Milwaukee printmakers who model themselves after a rock band with the intention of having fun, rocking out, and producing “studio albums” of original, collaborative art works. Like a band, they consider their studio time together as “practice sessions,” where they “lay down tracks, or make marks, with an earnestness tempered by the swift play of spontaneity.”
“Ghost Prints” started as high-resolution enlargements of steel engraved portraits from The History of Milwaukee, from its first settlement to the year 1895, edited by Howard Louis Conard. Each member approaches a blank portrait and embellishes it using photocopies printed via acetone transfer on a 30 x 50 Charles Brand Etching Press. The transfers are then reworked with a variety of printmaking, drawing, painting and collage techniques.
Prior to being exhibited in Knoxville, “Ghost Prints” was shown at Milwaukee City Hall. Members of the group include N. Adam Beadel, Charles Dwyer, Stanley Ryan Jones , Zachary Rueter, Fernando Gonzalez, and Devin Owsley-Aquilia.