International Contemporary Mokuhanga Print Exhibit
May 3 - July 28, 2019
ABOUT THE SHOW
Breaking Boundaries brings together nine international artists who are pushing the boundaries of the printmaking method called Mokuhanga.
Mokuhanga is a traditional form of Japanese printmaking. Moku translates to wood and hanga means "printed." The medium arrived in Japan during the eighth century for the use of copying Buddhist sutras. The medium did not become a popular art expression until the Edo Period (1603-1868). Mokuhanga is most similar to western-style woodblock printing but differs in a few distinct ways. First, it uses water-based inks rather than oil-based (so no hard chemicals). The ink is brushed directly onto the woodblock instead of being applied with a roller or brayer. The impression is made by force of the artist's hand using a cylindrical object called a barren. Lastly, the registration system allows for multiple blocks to line up evenly and is carved directly into the woodblock - this is called kento registration.
Mokuhanga has been exciting more interest because the technique uses water-based inks which is easier to clean-up without harsh chemicals, making it more environmentally friendly than other forms of printmaking. Because the use of a mechanical press is not necessary, this medium can also be a more accessible way to create prints.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Foundry Vineyards is pleased to collaborate for the third time with the Walla Walla Mokuhanga Project Space who has helped curate this exhibit and bring so many diverse artists together. The Walla Walla Mokuhanga Project Space was founded by Keiko Hara and Akira Takemoto which, in concert with Whitman, will sponsor an advanced mokuhanga print studio program this summer for its fourth year. The workshop alternates between teaching new students and established printers. Breaking Boundaries features artists: Keiko Hara, Florence Neal, Takuji Hamanaka, Yasu Shibata, Annu Vertanen, Katsutoshi Yuasa, Paul Ferneaux, Ralph Kiggell, and Mike Lyon.