“Paper and Ink: Prints, Drawings and Installations,” an exhibit featuring work by Laken Bridges and John Hilton, at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum, continues through Sept. 22.
The idea for the exhibition is rooted in the artists’ shared passion for paper and ink media.
“The title is the result of common ground between our individual work – the use of paper and ink as a primary medium,” Hilton says. “There is a rich tradition of paper tied to the history of printmaking. Paper has an incredible memory and is the perfect vehicle for recording the marks of each work.”
“I love that printmaking is a democratic process – it has a history of collaboration, mass communication and distribution of ideas,” adds Bridges. “It has not always had the prestige of other fine arts media, but has proven itself to be a versatile medium that provides a platform for making art that is accessible to many.”
Both Bridges and Hilton earned bachelor of fine arts degrees at ETSU and master of fine arts degrees with concentrations in printmaking at Clemson University. Beyond their similarities in medium and education, both teach art in the ETSU Department of Art and Design. Stylistically and conceptually, there is a “dialogue” between the two artists’ work – both use symbolism and humor to establish critiques and narratives.
An artists’ talk and reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5-7 p.m. Both the exhibit and talk/reception are free and open to the public.
Regular Reece Museum hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For more information, call the Reece Museum at 423-439-4392 or visit www.etsu.edu/reece. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.