First impressions are everything—a rule that holds true especially in the art of printmaking. With every press of ink on canvas, the artist creates an original piece separate from its predecessors, yet one that pays homage to its origin. From the ancient practice of woodblock carving to the modern cut of soft linoleum, print production follows an endless pursuit of imitation and inevitably results in accidental creation. Steven Chapp of Black Dog Press assembles the collective work of 16 South Carolina printmakers for a 32-piece display that showcases the true depth of this art. From the needlepoint accuracy of drypoint carving to the rolling press of stone lithography, Chapp’s curation unearths the possibilities of ink on paper—leaving a lasting impression.
The Sheffield Wood Gallery at The Fine Arts Center (102 Pine Knoll Dr, Greenville) is showing Shifting Plates II until February 5. A reception will be held Wednesday, February 4, at 6 pm. For more information, please visit neartscenter.net.