Pressing for Change

January 5 – March 23, 2024

 

Knowledge is power. Since the early days of printing, the press helped disseminate knowledge broadly. Printmakers often utilize the power of the multiple to critically confront contemporary social issues. Pressing For Change will celebrate the ways printmakers provide an accessible voice for change. Through a variety of approaches, these printmakers inspire action while exploring relationships of community, land, and the environment.

CVA opens Pressing for Change in conjunction with 2024’s Mo’Print. Artists in the exhibition examine the state of our vulnerable environment, either directly or through its effects on culture and identity, and the changing world. These multi-disciplinary artists have printmaking at the core of their artmaking practice. Pressing for Change was curated by Melanie Finlayson. The exhibition will be on view January 5 – March 23, 2024 at Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver.

 

Exhibiting Artists:

Emily Arthur

Adriana Barrios

Juana Estrada Hernandez

Diane Fine & Mario Laplante

Susan Goethel Campbell

John Hitchcock

Karen Kunc

Raymundo Muñoz

Favianna Rodriguez

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Artists Diane Fine & Mario Laplante, Adriana Barrios, and Favianna Rodriguez address issues of climate change head on. In her work Global Wake Up Call Goes to Voicemail, Barrios confronts the lack of response to prevent worsening climate change. Deeply rooted in activism, Favianna Rodriguez challenges viewers with a powerful voice expressed in bold colors and patterns.

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Environmental effects on community appear in the work of Emily Arthur and John Hitchcock who observe the natural world though their ancestral ties to the land. In a new series of work titled Landlines, Hitchcock paints and screenprints onto large pieces of Naugahyde that resemble the stretched skins of deer.

Hernandez_J – As far as the eye can see, 2022, Mezzotint, Lithograph, 12 in x 18 in

Juana Estrada Hernandez offers a look at her cultural history as a “DACA-mented” artist. Using various printmaking techniques, Hernandez illustrates the experience and landscape of immigrating from Mexico to the U.S., using the stories of her own family’s journey across borders.

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Environmental change appears throughout the work of Raymundo Muñoz, Susan Goethel Campbell, and Karen Kunc. Goethel Campbell creates art in collaboration with the environment, cataloging both subtle and extreme changes in landscapes and plants. With brightly colored and intricately detailed woodcuts, Kunc presents viewers with abstracted landscapes and elements of the natural world that suggest surreal records of natural events such as ice storms, volcanic explosions, and blooming gardens.

Check out these books!

We partnered with librarians from Denver Public Library who created a list of recommended books to read if you’re interested in learning more about the themes presented in the artwork on view in Pressing for Change. Want to check one out from the library, click on the title and it will take you to the book’s page in the library’s catalog.

Upcoming Events

5:30 PM

29 February

Artist Talk with Diane Fine and Mario Laplante

6-8 PM

20 March

Culture Club - An Art Making Happy Hour

5:30 PM

21 March

Artist Talk + Demo with Rick Griffith

Artist Talk Recordings

Susan Goethel Campbell Artist Talk