Curated by Chicago-based artist Paul Andrew Wandless, Clay & Print IV is part of a series of exhibitions that have examined how artists are exploring the intersection between ceramics and printmaking. Wandless states that “clay prints utilizing printmaking methods are usually looked upon as just clay versions of what could be done on paper. This completely ignores how clay materials re-contextualize an image, giving it a unique aesthetic and artistic presence.” The exhibition will feature printed works on paper and clay by each of the artists, showcasing the aesthetic presence of each medium while also demonstrating how various substrates, techniques, and processes can be combined to create one artistic vision. Exhibiting artists include Doug Baulos, Charlie Cummings, Les Lawrence, Thomas Lucas, Megumi Naitoh, Matt Nolen, and Paul Andrew Wandless.
As more artists have experimented with the successful combination of clay and printmaking, exhibitions and publications have been solidifying this type of work into its own genre. Wandless has coauthored Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques (Lark Books, 2004) and authored Image Transfer on Clay (Lark Books, 2006). His most recent book 500 Prints on Clay will be published by Lark Books in 2013. This exhibition is the fourth in a series of exhibitions curated by the artist that include Clay & Print III, AMACO/Brent Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2012; Clay & Print II, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2010; and Clay & Print I, Artist Image Resource - AIR , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2008.
Clay & Print IV at the Museum of Printing History, Houston, is organized in conjunction with the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center from March 20th to 23rd.