Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
When collectors think of limited edition screenprints, they think of Austin. They think of Los Angeles. New York, maybe even San Francisco or Nashville. But few think of Seattle, which is a shame. The home of grunge, Starbucks and the Super Bowl Champs has a bustling and growing art scene, which includes lots of limited edition screenprints from the Ltd. Art Gallery.
Their latest show attempts to prove this by using only local artists to create hand pulled screenprints of things they loved as children. For artists such as Barry Blankenship, who did 10 pieces in the show as well as curated it, that means pop culture of the Eighties and Nineties. For others, maybe it’s a little more personal. But all of them are evocative, fun pieces of nostalgic that were screenprinted in Seattle.
The show is appropriately called Deep Pulls and it opens Friday June 20 at the Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Below, see a few of the pop culture images in the show and find out more about its creation.<
Deep Pulls opens from 7-11 p.m. June 20 at the Ltd. Art Gallery, 307 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington. It then remains on display through July 13. Find out more on Facebook. Here’s just a selection of images from the show. Mouse over each for the artist.
As you probably noticed, most of those were done by Barry Blankenship, who curated the show. The idea started as a solo show but continued to grow from there. Here’s how he described it for us:
Deep Pulls combines two of my favorite things, screen printing, and obscure things from childhood. If you’ve talked to me for more than a minute, you know this to be true. I’ve only been a part of the Northsest screen printing scene for a few years now, but in that time I’ve met some truly talented and passionate printmakers. So when I became pals with the folks at Ltd. Gallery the show seemed like a no brainer. Deep Pulls gives the viewer a glimpse into the childhood of our NW screen printers as well as showcasing each of our unique styles. Each print is unique, with its own registration, or imperfection, some pulled by hand, some by machine. We don’t press print on our computers. For this show we put our childhood to paper one color at a time. Queue the [dramatic] music as we walk away form an explosion, or in this case a can of hairspray we threw in the burn barrel.