Catalog brings together the most recent work from The Printmakers Left (TPL), a collaborative team working together for twenty years on a series of exhibitions, publications, and installations. Having published the book Hinterlands in 2015—a work which examines our vast, expanding, and strangely overlooked human spaces and landscapes of the twenty-first century—as a field guide of sorts, The Printmakers Left now present their fieldwork: deep studies and sensory explorations of landscape, plant behaviors, native pigments, and the unobvious complexities of the natural and built worlds around us. The work is not about efficiencies or extraction of resources—real and imagined—but rather an inquiry meant to uncover clues, prompts, and guides for how to navigate future environments and extremes.
New materials and new methodologies are required. Within the Cressman Center for the Arts, TPL have constructed The Unmoored Room: Fugitive Forest Laboratory—a mobile home for materials, collections, and reflection. This newest iteration of the unmoored lab included Pueraria Pass, Surveyor’s Boudoir, Capillary Study and Wet Workshops.
Catalog is a compendium of alternatives, prototypes, maps and gear, instruction manuals, animal protagonists, tools, and tales useful for navigating the hinterlands of the present and near future. Catalog is not merely a critique; it’s a mandate to embrace the Post-Anthropocene.
Artists participating in Catalog include: Anne Beck; David Bendernagel; Berenika Boberska; Maggie Booth; Dana Giacofci Clark ; Patrick Costello; Joshua Dailey; Dean Dass; Kate Daughdrill; Lydia Diemer; Dana Giacofci; Jenny Harp; John Hastings ; Kirsten Hemrich; Emma Lappalainen; John Leahy; Rachel Livedalen; Jyrki Markkanen; Lydia Moyer; Akemi Ohira; John Schulz; Rachel Singel; Marc Snyder; Randall Stoltzfus; Maggie Sullivan; Barbara Campbell Thomas; Christopher Thomas; Annu Vertanen; Adam Wolpa
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Catalog: New Work by the Printmakers Left is on view at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts at the Hite Art Institute in Louisville, Kentucky through January 7, 2022.