Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Ian Craig, A Point Parethentical, FAB Gallery, September 27 - October 20, 2007

A MFA thesis by printmaker Ian Craig focuses on the drawing aspect of printmaking more so than previous MFA thesis exhibitions in FAB. In emphasizing the drawing element in the ever-elusive medium of printmaking, the labour of the artist comes in a far more direct way than the often pristine and clean production of a print. With focus on drawing over other print allies such as photography or engravings, Craig's exhibition immediately reveals an intuitive voice for the young artist.

Engaging, but perhaps precocious, there are several stand out series ranging from the black and white on mylar in the front space, to the "The Stories of Waters Itself" to "A Formation of Interstices". There is certainly a strong voice at play here with great dexterity in colour and linea and although the titles may be a bit dramatic, the works do mostly live up to their grandiose names.

Photo credit: John Craig, 2007


threedeeglasses said...

I enjoyed the catering at the opening a lot. There was a wide variety of excellent food.

af said...

homemade goodness sure make a difference.

MC said...

"Engaging, but perhaps precocious..."

I don't understand this contrast, between 'engaging' and 'precocious', Amy.

Perhaps 'precocious' isn't really what you mean....

Amy Fung said...

I find most work to be engaging when there is a clear communication of an idea expressed and draws me into a conversation. Usually, works (or people for that matter) that are precocious in their nature do not engage me, but these works are an exception. as are many other things, I suppose.

why I find them precocious, well, it's probably from the titles.

MC said...

"I do not think that word means what you think it means...."

-Inigo Montoya, "The Princess Bride"