FS Gallery hosts monotype collection

“Fly Away” by Carol MacDonald
“Fly Away” by Carol MacDonald

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a monotype collection, titled “Only One: Singular Prints by Casey Blanchard, Janet Fredericks, Betsey Garand, Catherine Hall, and Carol MacDonald.” The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception on Friday, May 16 from 6-8pm and will run through June 24.

Originally developed in the 17th century, monotypes are unique prints, sometimes created by running a zinc plate through a press multiple times, each time inked with different colors and shapes to achieve a layered quality. Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals. Also known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques, a monoprint is essentially a printed painting. The beauty of this medium is also in its spontaneity and combination of printmaking, painting, and drawing media.

The difference between monoprinting and monotype printing is that monoprinting has a matrix that can be reused, but not to produce an identical result. With monotyping there are no permanent marks on the matrix. In the absence of any permanent features on the surface of the plate, all articulation of imagery is dependent on one unique inking, resulting in one unique print. Monoprints can be thought of as variations on a theme, with the theme resulting from some permanent features being found on the plate – lines, textures – that persist from print to print. Variations are confined to those resulting from how the plate is inked prior to each print. The variations are endless, but certain permanent features on the plate will tend to persist from one print to the next. Both involve the transfer of ink from a plate to the paper, canvas, or other surface that will ultimately hold the work of art. Other methods that make a print “one of a kind” might be the addition of drawing, collage or even sewing to the printed impression of a woodblock, linoleum print or etching.

To see images of some of the work please visit www.fsgalleryvt@wordpress.com, or www.fsgallery.com for gallery information.

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is located at 86 Falls Rd, in Shelburne Village. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm. Please call 985-3848 or email info@fsgallery.com for additional information.