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Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works By: Steven Ford

April 22, 2017 - June 9, 2017

Steven Ford (1964) was born in Lafayette, IN.  He studied glass and painting at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and received a B.F.A in painting and printmaking at Philadelphia’s Tyler School of Art in 1986.  His prints have been exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Fresh Prints, 1990s to Now in 2015 and previously at the New York’s International Print Center in 2009 and 2010.  A solo exhibition of his prints was mounted in Philadelphia’s JAGR Projects in 2010.  His prints were also included in the following collections: Arkansas Art Center, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Art Institute, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Free Library of Philadelphia, the Wharton School of the University of Philadelphia and Woodmere Art Museum.

Ford layers colors via simply carved linocut blocks and collagraph plates.  The linocut blocks are often re-inked and reprinted with the paper shifted to create layering and cross hatched patterns.  The collagraph plates print “real” textures from items such as popsicle sticks and lathe from old plaster walls.  Ford works quickly, rolling ink onto the blocks and cranking them through an etching press.  At times the thin, strong Asian papers are folded like an accordion bellows and printed, then flattened and printed some more.


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