BIG INK Print Exhibition

June 12 – August 14, 2021

Color | Ink Studio and BIG INK are collaborating to present an exhibition of large woodblock prints curated from BIG INK’s unique print collection. These works showcase the diversity and range of contemporary woodblock printmaking by 22 artists from around the U.S. and Canada.

The exhibition begins with a VIP Preview Event on Thursday and Friday, June 10-11, and it opens to the public on Saturday, June 12. The prints can be viewed online at ColorInkStudio.com or by appointment in Color | Ink Studio’s gallery. The exhibit runs through August 14.

“This exhibition of large-scale woodblock prints is the first of its kind in the metropolitan Detroit area,” according to Gallery Director Candace Law. “The monumental size of these prints is amazing—the smallest is 24” x 36” and the largest is 72” x 36”—and the creative energy and skill on display is nothing short of breathtaking.”

The woodblock print, or woodcut, has a long history as a medium for creative expression dating back to 3rd century China. A woodblock is essentially a hand-carved stamp made through a process of elimination. First, an artist traces or draws a design onto a wood panel. Areas to show in ‘white’ are cut away with a chisel, leaving the image to show in ‘black’ at the original surface level. The woodblock is coated with ink, and paper is pressed against it by hand. Large woodblocks require a specialized machine, either an etching or platen press, to exert enough force to produce a quality impression.

“The contemporary printmakers represented in the exhibition use the same historical techniques,” says Candace Law, “but take widely varied approaches. Some use realistic imagery, and for some the work is very abstract. Yet each artist shapes the medium to their individual aesthetic and voice to express something unique for themselves and for the viewer.”

A printing event will follow the exhibition in mid-October for any artists who are interested in carving a woodblock of at least 24 by 36 inches. Visual artists are invited to apply for the event with BIG INK. No experience is required, and emerging, mid-career and established artists are encouraged to submit their design idea. Upon acceptance, artists have two months to carve their design. BIG INK will be at Color | Ink Studio for a woodblock printing event on October 16-17, where the artists will meet and help each other print as a group. The application deadline is August 9, 2021. For more information about the event and to apply, visit BIGINK.org.

Visiting the Gallery

We encourage you to start your visit to the Gallery by exploring the virtual tour of the exhibition below. Click or tap on the arrows to walk through the Gallery, click and drag to look around, or scroll to zoom in and out. If you see a print you’re interested in purchasing, scroll down to find it in the listing of works on display.

 

If you would prefer to view the exhibition or see a particular piece in person, please click here to schedule your visit, send an email to Gallery@ColorInkStudio.com, or telephone us at 248-398-6119. The Gallery is open only by appointment.

And before you leave, please take a minute to sign our guest book.

Prints on View

The individual prints on view in the exhibition and available for purchase securely online are shown below. Click on an image for more details or to purchase an original print. Shipping is free to the U.S. and Canada.