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Mimmo Paladino: Mixografia Prints    31. Mai - 21. Jun 2013


Opening reception on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of Mixografia Prints by Mimmo Paladino. The opening is Friday, May 31st at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk.

Mimmo Paladino has been printing with Mixografia since 2004 when he made the first of his California Suites which are included in this exhibition. A world renowned painter, sculptor and printmaker from Paduli, Italy his sculptural installations have inspired Europeans for decades. Paladino explains, “I have always thought of my work as a representation of architecture rather than a literary construction.” It is natural that Paladino would be drawn to Mixografia and the three dimensionality of their printing process. In California Suite No. 6 a mathematician’s head filled with numbers is perched on what looks like a stack of books. Whether the books which protrude from the print surface reference architecture or literary works we are left wondering what the numerical sequence tells us.

Paladino uses historical objects and symbols from the collective history of Italy and his own memory to communicate a personal language of ciphers and signs. Heads, spirals and hands metaphorically express the vicissitudes of contemporary man. Ritual objects and sacred animals are drawn from early Roman historical roots which are placed to protect the figure. Paladino defines his figures as a shaman or a mathematician, who are thinkers of shapes and numbers. The faces of his figures express the wisdom of those who “know the zero and fire”, two essential concepts of life.

The Mixografia print workshop had its beginnings in Mexico City in 1968. Luis and Lea Remba created an open studio, publishing lithographs with artists like David Alfaro Siqueiros, Pablo O’Higgins and Leonora Carrington to fill the void of art printing shops in Mexico. When the Rembas approached the artist Rufino Tamayo about printing with them, Tamayo said he was interested but wanted to expand his horizons within the printing media; he wanted the prints to have volume and texture. This led to the invention of the Mixografia process which allows for three‐dimensional printing with deep texture and very fine surface detail. As with traditional press printing, a plate or matrix is created but unlike the traditional plate, the matrix is heavily textured and is three dimensional. A paper pulp is spread over the matrix and an extra thick felt blanket is placed over the plate which absorbs the water and forces the paper into the plate, embossing and inking the paper. Third generation Master Printer, Shaye Remba has continued to develop new printing techniques and has established a prestigious roster of international artists, who seek out the Mixografia studio to create unique three‐dimensional prints and reliefs.

For further information, please contact:
Meg Hachmann, Special Project Coordinator, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
505‐982‐8111, x 1014; megh@zanebennettgallery.com

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