CLOSED - Exhibition Dates: January 24-March 15, 2020
Opening reception: Friday, January 24 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. Gallery talk with artists Phillip Chen and Randy Hemminghaus: Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m.
This exhibition brings together the work of internationally-recognized printmakers William Kentridge and Phillip Chen. Kentridge (b. 1955) was raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, sensitized by the region’s violent history of colonial power; Chen (b. 1953) lived in Chicago for much of his adult life, raised in a household challenged by anti-Chinese legislation of the late 19th and early 20th century, facing the legacy of exclusion, foreclosures, and the denial of citizenship. Both artists gravitated towards printmaking early in their formative years, drawn to its crucial role in the dissemination of political critique, protest, and dissent exampled by the volition of artists such as Hogarth, Goya, Daumier, and Kollwitz. While aligned in using print as a platform for revisioning, Proposition; Pressure; Proof presents the work of Kentridge and Chen in terms of their openness to using print to test ideas, to think and to act through the creation of images, and to convey intensely personal memories and reckonings. The exhibition encourages visitors to see printmaking—or artmaking more generally—as a matter of knowing and not knowing; a testing of ideas; a piloting of a hypothesis that is proven under press pressure.
Artists Randy Hemminghaus and Phillip Chen will discuss the works on exhibition at a public gallery talk on Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. As master printer at the former Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers, Hemminghaus began collaborating with Kentridge in 2000. Hemminghaus printed all of Kentridge’s works in the exhibition through close collaboration with the artist. Phillip Chen has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Major institutions have added his work to their permanent collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts. Phillip Chen is the recipient of the Louis B. Comfort Tiffany Award and Pollock Krasner Grant; he was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2018. Proposition; Pressure; Proof and related programming is made possible in part by funding from the Robert and Shirley Berg Fund at the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, the Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board and Friends of the Hearst. Works by William Kentridge are on loan from the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University; works by Phillip Chen are on loan from the collection of the artist.
Sunday, March 15 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Hearst Center for the Arts
304 W Seerley Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613