Exhibition information

The 81st Marks in Resonance: Wood Engraving Today

July 04, 2020 - September 06, 2020

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Wood engraving offers the potential for highly intricate expression, using an engraving burin and cross-sectional cuts from hardwood trees. The technique of wood engraving was developed by being used for printing illustrations, but fell out of popularity after the rise of photomechanical technologies. This medium, however, was revived as an artistic technique in Japan from the 1960s, and ever since, successive generations of young artists have turned to it. The engraved marks making up delicate poetic surfaces of their works seem to function as trace of the world that comes into being when the psyche of the creator resonates with the materiality of the wood. In this exhibition we present an overview of wood engraving today.

CCGA Print Studio

In 2012 the Center for Contemporary Graphic Art (CCGA), a facility dedicated to activities relating to prints and graphic design, opened a print studio open to the general public. The new CCGA Print Studio is located, together with CCGA itself, in the lush green foothills of Mt. Utsumine in the city of Sukagawa, in Fukushima Prefecture.
Sukagawa is the birthplace of Aodo Denzen (1748-1822), a painter of the Edo Period who was among the first Japanese artists to produce copperplate prints in Western style. In 2012 Aodo Denzen works were designated by the Japanese Government as Important Cultural Properties.
With the opening of the CCGA Print Studio, small in scale but fully equipped, in this location with strong associations with prints, our aspiration is that it will serve as a welcome venue both for printmaking workshops attended by the general public and as a studio open to experienced print artists.

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