Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 14, 6-8 pm
Sicardi Gallery is pleased to present To See Gold and other prints, the gallery's sixth solo exhibition of work by Liliana Porter, and the first to focus exclusively on the artist's prints.
Porter's extensive ouevre encompasses painting, photography, works on paper, installation, video and theater, but the medium of printmaking has been a constant in her production since the early 1960s. Shortly after moving to New York in 1964, she co-founded The New York Graphic Workshop, an important site for experimentation around the conceptual possibilities of the medium. Members of the NYGW were included in the seminal 1970 exhibition Information at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Porter was featured in a solo project at MoMA in 1973.
Porter writes, "In the early seventies, I was using as subjects images that I considered simple or less loaded with meaning, such as things found in a hardware store: a nail, a hook, a string. The goal was to create meaning without literal or expressionistic means. To use silence instead of words, so to speak. I was interested in the simultaneity of the thing and its representation, when the real and the virtual coexist."
Featuring lithographs, etchings, embossings, digital embroidery prints, solar etchings, and photo-polymer gravures, the exhibition surveys some of the many different modes of printmaking that Porter has used since 1970. Liliana Porter: To See Gold and other prints coincides with Print Houston, the annual celebration of printmaking in Houston, hosted by Print Matters.