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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— An art exhibit entitled “Contemporary Printmaking” will be displayed at Moravian College from September 25 to October. The work of artists such as Doug Zucco and Lynn Gano can be seen in the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery in the Haupert Union Building.
Zucco, director of White Crow Papermill in Fleetwood, Pa., has taught many studio courses for the Moravian College Art Department including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Papermaking. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and is currently showing his work in a solo show at Ursinus College. Zucco contributed several portfolios of prints to Moravian’s exhibition and helped with their production, including the creation of hand-made paper on which many of these portfolios are printed. One of the portfolios, Solarplate Revolution Portfolio, includes 15 prints by 15 printmakers. Each artist used solarplate to generate a wide range of printed effects using sun and water to process light-sensitive polymer plates. Zucco also developed the paper for Clytie Alexander’s fold-out book, Seeing Red, displayed in the large wall showcase. The provocative images of “Leaves from a Chinese Album” by John Yau and Max Gimblett were also created on paper made by Zucco.
Gano is currently a professor at Kutztown University and formerly taught introductory studio and graphic design at Moravian. She combines traditional printmaking media such as aquatint, etching, and drypoint with modern technology. Gano says of her work, “I am mostly influenced by the artists and poets of the Italian Medieval and Renaissance periods. I merge philosophy of the dialectic nature of these periods with that of contemporary values and media. The art itself is built on symbolism and perception that comes from an architecture of mathematics which was embodied in art, literature, and music of the Medieval and Renaissance. This particular set of prints is inspired by the poems of Dante, Petrarch, and Michelangelo as well as the stories of Boccaccio and how they are still contemporary in their meaning.” In addition to her displayed work, Gano contributed didactic panels to the show which explain the various processes uses in printmaking.