SGCI 2015: Hic Sunt Dracones

P1100790Crystal Wagner’s installations seemed to grow out of the gallery and take over the building.

Amongst the many great events and lectures at Sphere, one of the real treats was MOMA Associate Curator Sarah Suzuki‘s participation as one of the keynote speakers and curator.

Suzuki’s lecture, scheduled for 8:30am guaranteeing an audience of only the most committed conference goers. Starting with the line ‘Hic sunt dracones‘, indicating the unexplored regions off the map, Suzuki led us on a delightful cartographic exercise exploring the known edges of our field.

Suzuki began her talk by stating that print has undergone a ‘stealth renaissance’, in the way print has quietly become manifest throughout the art world, often within other media specific space. She connected Warhol to contemporary artists like,  Christopher Wool, Wade Guyton, Walker Kelly, and Tabaimo. And pointed to Qui Anxiong’s recent print work as continuing the social possibilities of print previously seen in the work of artists like, Posada, General Idea, and Luis Camnitzer among others. Suzuki pointed to Mathew Brannon’s letterpress work, and Gert & Uwe Tobias woodcuts as examples of artwork where the artist have made their content intrinsic to the printed form. She framed the explosion of interest in artist’s publications, pointing specifically to Diado Moriyama’s custom printed artist books, as thriving in reaction to our increasingly digitized world. Suzuki used Trisha Donnelly’s conceptual printwork as an entry point to the changing nature of blue chip print publishing workshops. Looking specifically at Polygraphica, Singapore Tyler Print Institute as two shops exploring new models of production. Suzuki ended her talk by looking at Ellen Gallagher’s seminal work, DeLuxe as a template for the way print could ultimately move from a position of stealth in the center stage on art world; saying, printmaking’s porosity and fluidity would be it’s future.

Suzuki also worked to contextualize the changing way institutions acquire prints within their collections and how emerging or independent print artists could try to get some curatorial attention for their work (hint).

In addition to her work as a keynote speaker, Suzuki was also a Sphere curator. She organized the CNTRL + P exhibition, looking past the implicit digital focus of the title, the exhibition did a marvelous job of showcasing the talents of the most well known UT Knoxville alumni (past grads and undergrads from 1994 and 2014). Set in the Ewing Gallery in the Art and Architecture Building.

The exhibition included work by the following artists, Bryan Baker, Tim Dooley, Wade Guyton, Mark Hosford, Liz Klimek, Shaurya Kumar, Lauren Kussro, Eun Lee, Emily Minnie, Josh Minnie, Katie Ries, Clifton Riley, Hannah Skoonberg, Josh Smith, Veronica Siehl, Meredyth Sparks, Jessie Van der Laan, Crystal Wagner, Ericka Walker, Kelley Walker, Ashlee Weitlauf.

Below are some images of this exciting exhibition.

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2 Responses to “SGCI 2015: Hic Sunt Dracones”

  1. luca cruzat says:

    Great post for one who did not attend the conference.

  2. Jason Urban says:

    Sorry to have missed this talk. Thanks for the recap.