Tandem Press Studio Update, Ed. 5/18

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Tandem Press Studio Update, Ed. 5/18


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TANDEM PRESS                                                 STUDIO UPDATE, ED. 5/18



Suzanne Caporael: Prints
May 4 – June 30, 2018
Tandem Press Apex Gallery, 1743 Commercial Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
Reception: Friday, May 4, 5-9pm

The reception for this exhibition coincides with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Spring Gallery Night as well as the last concert in the Spring 2018 season of the Tandem Press Jazz Series.

Suzanne Caporael, Long Water, 2006. Woodcut, lithography, etching, edition of 30, 25 x 45 inches, $3,000.

Suzanne Caporael: Prints

This exhibition will provide a view of Suzanne Caporael’s extensive career throughout which she has drawn inspiration from the physical world – the landscape, bodies of water, elements of pigments, melting ice, etc. Often created in series, Suzanne Caporael’s images are characterized by simple compositions, blurred edges, and sensuous color palettes.

A few years ago, Suzanne Caporael hit a patch of ice while driving on a rural road. As the car raced down a steep hill, she “saw” the landscape slowing dragging across her vision, as though her eyes were trying to hold her in place with the car continued its slide. The memory of that visual anomaly led her through a thicket of books and essays on the subject of visual cognition. Neuroscientists, magicians, artists, and art historians, as well as psychiatrists, psychologists, and evolutionary biologists, have all contributed to the literature on the eye-brain connection.

The eye is the device, and the brain interprets. Vision has its own peculiar language of cues, some straightforward and some more subtle. In her prints, Caporael grapples with these cues, and with the way in which time and cultural reference affect how we see what we see.

Exploring the different pathways to seeing has led Caporael to soften her earlier formalistic practice, and the result is a full-blown stylistic disparity well suited to each of her subjects. Confidently moving between the dynamic and the serene, Caporael approaches her work with flexibility, dexterity, elegance, and a scholastic rigor that had categorized each series in her 40-year career.



Mickalene Thomas, Left Behind 2 Again, 2014. Relief, intaglio, archival inkjet, collage, enamel paint, edition of 24. 43 x 64 1/2 inches, $11,000.

Congratulations to Mickalene Thomas who was honored earlier
this month at the New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball!
During the event, Mickalene Thomas delivered a powerful speech about her experience as a queer woman of color working in the art field. “Representation is important. Figurative art is important. You can’t believe in yourself if you can’t see yourself in images. That’s why I make what I make. It’s about me waiting to see myself and claim spaces that have been void for so long. Present images so that when little girls go to museums they can look up and see themselves. I am here. I am Mickalene Thomas.” 

Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas

Closing May 13, 2018
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101


Swoon, Girl with Dappled Sunlight, 2018. Relief, etching, screen print. Edition of 18. 23 3/4 x 35 3/4 inches, $3,500.

InStyle Magazine
Street Artist Swoon on Why Her Work Can Be Girly and Gritty

Beyond the Streets

May 6 – July 6, 2018
1667 N Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

BEYOND THE STREETS is the premier exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond, celebrating the soaring heights to which the world’s most recognizable modern art movement has risen. BEYOND THE STREETS is a groundbreaking multimedia showcase of paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and more throughout 40,000+ sq ft of industrial indoor and outdoor space.


Alison Saar, Breach [15/18] and Stanch [15/18], 2017. Woodcut on vintage linen seed sacks, 42 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches and 42 1/2 x 20 inches, varied editions of 18, $5,500 each.

Alison Saar: Topsy Turvy

Closing May 12, 2018
L.A. Louver Gallery, 45 North Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Final week! Don’t miss an exhibition of new works by Alison Saar, including sculptures and two-dimensional works on found textiles.

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