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CONTEMPORARY PRINT SERIES

Established in 2016, the Contemporary Print Series (formerly CSA-Community Supported Art) highlights outstanding artists and encourages interest in contemporary art by commissioning a new print every year.

All prints $100 sold flat or $185 with museum framing.
Please allow 2 weeks for framing.

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Floral Harmony

2018
Digital print
Edition of 25 from the Portfolio Dayton Visual Art Center (DVAC) CSA 2018

ABOUT THE WORK
Highlighting perfectly arranged flowers with digitally painted backdrops is harder than it looks–and Peggy is a master. She started with her digital camera where she captured such bold and romantic flowers like lilies, irises, and proteas (also known as sugar bushes). Next, with a digital tablet and pen (her “palette” and paintbrush”), she added her vision of each flower’s meaning and significance through a variety of techniques to create color, depth, and texture

“I photographed a parrot tulip with a macro lens on my digital camera. This allowed me to be very close to the flower and capture the detail without distortion. As I processed the image on my computer the curves and colors of the flower led me as I experimented with different angles and repeating designs. Several additional photographs of textures were blended in, creating a softening overlay and the background. The image is printed with archival ink on 100% cotton fine art paper and finished with a hand torn deckle edge.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Peggy received her BA and MFA in Photography at the University of Toledo and is a Member of the Professional Photographers of America, the American Society of Photographers, and the Professional Photographers of Southwest Ohio, among others. For DVAC’s 2018 CSA she created a new floral photographic portrait that represents the glory of the garden season at summer’s peak, the harvest time.  

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Department of Exploratory Works: New Systems

2018
Lithography and silkscreen on handmade paper
Edition of 50 from the Portfolio Dayton Visual Art Center (DVAC) CSA 2018

ABOUT THE WORK
“This piece is a print done with first a split fountain litho (that’s two colors blended together in one pass) followed by a gold layer in screenprint. I wanted to incorporate the play between a traditional farm share CSA with that of The Co’s Community Supported Art CSA—that’s how a seed bank fits in. I’m fascinated by these bunkers that contain almost every species of edible plants, and what would happen should we need to call on these reserves. Questions arise about the sustainability of our earth and possibilities beyond it.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Danielle works in drawing, painting, printing, paper cutting, installations, and tableaus of small organic objects. Sourcing material directly from the environments she visits, she incorporates site-specific field research into geographical happenings, direct interaction with the landscape and its inhabitants, and meditative mark-making. Akin to a botanist collecting live plant specimens in the wild, or an astronomist mapping locations beyond the earth’s atmosphere, she presents us with images of the meeting place between the physical environment we encounter and the narratives of a place.
Danielle lives and works in Dayton, Ohio. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Wright State University. She received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2006. Her work is held in public and private collections worldwide.

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Alterations

2018
Digital print
Edition of 25 from the Portfolio Dayton Visual Art Center (DVAC) CSA

An interdisciplinary artist who chooses his media depending on the idea or commentary he is presenting, his most recent series uses digital photography. In Alterations, he recycled advertising images that bombard and invade our personal environments. By deconstructing these images, he emptied them of their original meaning, extracting and fragmenting them from their original context until all they resemble is what he called their “digital trail.” In their estrangement, they took on new significance, and seem to become a new kind of representation. Gonzalez printed a new, limited edition Alterations series image on 11 x 17-inches of metallic paper.

“The photographs in this series register gaps in transmission in the unrelenting traffic of media images. They came from television advertisements during those intervals in which the signal is interrupted and the emitted image breaks up, fragmenting until nearly disintegrating. What remains is a wake of drifting fragments and vestiges of images that retain some trace of that which has already precipitously disappeared. In these photographs, I try to capture and document the digital trail left behind by an image in movement, its ephemeral trajectory from the recognizable to the abstract. From the visual detritus emerge new signifiers that evoke other subjectivities, other discourses, and other more static and contemplative temporalities. On being severed and extracted from their referents, the images are deactivated and emptied of their content and original purpose. In their estrangement, they engender new forms, a new visual syntax created with the intention of disrupting the intended order of representation and mechanisms of persuasion.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Juan-Si’ (WAN-see) creates work that reflects his emotional and geographical displacement. Born in Santiago, Cuba, he studied at the National School of the Arts and at the Higher Institute for the Arts in Havana. In 1987 he co-funded “Group Art-De” (standing for art and rights) and began doing interactive performances on the streets of Havana and underground videos to comment on social issues in Cuba at the time. He left Cuba as a political refugee in 1993 and moved to Costa Rica and then to Miami, New York City, and finally, Yellow Springs, and now Dayton. He has exhibited throughout the country, won numerous awards in film and fine arts, and is represented in major collections throughout the country.
An interdisciplinary artist who chooses his media depending on the idea or commentary he is presenting, his most recent series uses digital photography. In Alterations, he recycled advertising images that bombard and invade our personal environments. By deconstructing these images, he emptied them of their original meaning, extracting and fragmenting them from their original context until all they resemble is what he called their “digital trail.” In their estrangement, they took on new significance, and seem to become a new kind of representation.

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Faith is a Bird that Sings (in honor of Marie Aull)

2018
Digital print
Edition of 25, from the Portfolio Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) CSA 2018

ABOUT THE WORK
Dan Cleary focused his lens on Five Rivers MetroParks Aullwood Garden. He researched Marie and John Aull’s legacy through the archives at Wright State University Library to find historic photographs with which he interweaved images from present day. The two images will be united digitally and printed on photographic paper using a high-quality inkjet printer. This type of print, invented in the late 1980s, is known as a Giclée (zhee-KLAY).

“My photographs are built of layers of images that interweave the past with the present. In this limited edition series I will be focusing on Aullwood Garden. The garden was the personal home of Marie and John Aull. It was Marie’s interests in conservation and her love for the environment that led her to donate 70 acres of land to establish the Aullwood Audubon Society in 1957. In 1997 Marie donated her home and 30 acre garden to the park district to create Aullwood Garden where she lived until her death in 2002 at the age of 105.”

ABOUT THE ARITST
Dan, a professional photographer, established Cleary Creative Photography in 1988. Since 2006 he has been exhibiting work in local fine art exhibitions and was selected as one of DVAC’s Artists to Watch for 2017. His current work explores the historical, geographical, and emotional connections of Dayton’s past and present.

For The Co’s 2018 CSA he focused his lens on Five Rivers MetroParks Aullwood Garden. He researched Marie and John Aull’s legacy through the archives at Wright State University Library to find historic photographs with which he interweaved images from present day. The two images will be united digitally and printed on photographic paper using a high-quality inkjet printer. This type of print, invented in the late 1980s, is known as a Giclée (zhee-KLAY).

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Harvest Votive

2018
Etching
Edition of 25 from the Portfolio Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) CSA 2018

ABOUT THE WORK
Andrew Dailey created a limited edition etching approximately 8 x 12 inches in size. Etching is a method of making prints from a
metal plate, usually copper, into which the design has been incised by acid. The copperplate is first coated with an acid-resistant substance, called the etching ground, through which the design is drawn with a sharp tool. The ground is usually a compound of beeswax, bitumen, and resin. The plate is then exposed to nitric acid or Dutch mordant, which eats away those areas of the plate unprotected by the ground, forming a pattern of recessed lines. These lines hold the ink, and, when the plate is applied to moist paper, the design transfers to the paper, making a finished print. His imagery kept with the motifs and aesthetic of the Death Votive work and are images of organic forms alongside human-made objects.

“I pair images of organic forms, plant life, and/or animals alongside human-made objects. It is through the relationships of this small visual collection that I explore the ideas of transformation, change, and renewal. I hope to offer up a final image that provokes personal reflection on these, or similar, ideas within the viewer. The imagery chosen for my piece, Harvest Votive, parallels the concept behind the Contemporary Print Series program; a sustained interchange between two entities. Much like an artist and a supporting patron, the rabbit is sustained by its habitat and the role it plays within the ecosystem.  In addition to its metaphoric significance, the visual format comes straight from an ongoing body of work. Harvest Votive is a copper plate etching. I chose this medium for its lush tonality. I utilized a hard ground process that allowed me to develop the image while preserving an active, nuanced and descriptive mark.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Andy received his MFA from Miami University, Oxford and BFA from Wright State University. He has won numerous awards for his work in exhibitions throughout the region. He has a myriad of teaching experience and serves currently as the Cultural Arts Program Supervisor for the City of Kettering.

For The Co’s 2018 CSA, he created a limited edition etching approximately 8 x 12 inches in size. Etching is a method of making prints from a metal plate, usually copper, into which the design has been incised by acid. The copperplate is first coated with an acid-resistant substance, called the etching ground, through which the design is drawn with a sharp tool. The ground is usually a compound of beeswax, bitumen, and resin. The plate is then exposed to nitric acid or Dutch mordant, which eats away those areas of the plate unprotected by the ground, forming a pattern of recessed lines. These lines hold the ink, and, when the plate is applied to moist paper, the design transfers to the paper, making a finished print. His imagery kept with the motifs and aesthetic of the Death Votive work and are images of organic forms alongside human-made objects.

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Zenith #1

2017
Gelatin silver print
Edition of 50
from the Portfolio Dayton Visual Art Center (DVAC) CSA 2017

ABOUT THE WORK
“I have been documenting the impact of an insect on Ohio’s ash tree population by strapping a pinhole camera onto the bark of affected trees. Occasionally the camera would fall off during the exposure creating a photograph of where it landed. This has led to a new direction where I embrace my accident-prone nature and stage photographs as if the camera had fallen face up on the ground. It’s a view of a sky, the zenith directly above me and everything close by, and heaven and earth are photographically tied together. 

The work is printed in the darkroom on paper from the1990’s which has a color and texture that are unlike anything available for inkjet printing. It is also a nostalgic trip for me to know that I can work the same way I did when I first fell in love with photography. Paper that should be ruined from age can still contribute to the medium in the digital era.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST
One of nine children, Francis has been photographing since fourth grade when he presented a homemade, long focal length pinhole camera as his science project. An early part of his photographic career was spent working as a laboratory assistant at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine where, after hours, he would make cyanotype photograms in the laboratory using equipment and supplies that were close at hand. Since receiving his MFA from the Ohio State University in 2002, his work has been characterized by an interest in historical photographic processes and staged self-portraiture. He was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 2002, 2009, and in 2013 as well as a Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District Fellowship in 2008. In 2011, he was commissioned by the Ohio Arts Council to create seven awards using the Van Dyke Brown process for the annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts. He has exhibited at Soho Photo in New York, the Houston Center for Photography, the Free University of Brussels, as well as the Museet for Fotokunst in Odensee, Denmark.

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Playing Eleanor

2017
Archival inkjet print
Edition of 50 from the Portfolio Dayton Visual Art Center (DVAC) CSA 2017

ABOUT THE WORK
“I was working with a plastic toy film camera, which doesn’t produce a sharp image, and wanted to experiment with my new digital camera. This photo includes the Dayton skyline and landscape superimposed with the interior of my home. It’s inspired by the double exposures done by Harry Callahan of his wife, Eleanor. They have always been among some of my favorite images.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Amy Powell was born in Columbus, Ohio, and is currently based in Dayton. Her documentary work employs the mechanics of the camera to create intimacy, and even distance, with her family. Organizing the frame and composing a subjective personal narrative has empowered her when she has felt powerless. 

Amy received a BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and an MFA/MA from Ohio State. Her personal work has been featured with TIME Lightbox. When she’s not making photos or teaching, you can find her tossing balls to her rascally old English Sheepdog.

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Forest No. 16

2017
Woodblock print
Edition of 50
from the Portfolio Dayton Visual Art Center (DVAC) CSA 2017

ABOUT THE WORK
“Nestled along a trail at Sugarcreek MetroPark grows one of our area’s natural gems and the subject I chose for my CSA print. The Osage Orange Tunnel, a line of trees originally planted in the 1880s to create a livestock fence, has matured into a magical tangle of arching branches that are both appealing and inspiring, and I felt it would be well-represented using traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking methods, known as Moku Hanga. Seven woodblocks were carved and nine impressions of brushed-on ink were hand-pulled with a baren to create the image on handmade Japanese paper. Titled ‘Forest No. 16,’ this print is the latest addition to a series of woodblocks inspired by our surroundings.”

ABOUT THE ARITST
Andrea Starkey is a Dayton-based printmaker who is known for her detailed prints of trees using the ancient moku hanga. She finds inspiration for her artwork from both nature and the natural materials used in its creation. In addition, she is an award-winning portrait artist and has won numerous awards since beginning to show her work in 2009, including The Pastel Journal’s annual Pastel 100 competition.

When she is creating artwork, Andrea works professionally as an architectural renderer and graphic designer.

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