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Re: [BKARTS] Pressing Matter at the University of the Arts

    For more information, please contact Michelle Wilson at michelle_print@xxxxxxxxx  
  PRESSING MATTER      At The University of the Arts       
      Through March 14-24,  Philadelphia's University of the Arts? Printmaking/Book Arts first year graduate students  present the exhibition PRESSING MATTER. The exhibition will take place in  Gallery One, located in the basement of Hamilton Hall, 320 South Broad Street.   Included in the exhibition is the work of Elena Bouvier, Amanda D?Amico,  Bo Duvall, Sun Young Kang, Phuong Pham, Stephanie Stump, Graham Watson, and  Michelle Wilson.  A free public reception  will be held on March 17, 2006, from 5-8 PM.
          Artists? books have become  one of the most complicated mediums of fine art to define. PRESSING MATTER will  feature the art of the book as intricately made constructions both temporal and  spatial, drawing on text and image. The artists also explore related aspects of  book art through narrative and non-narrative forms of traditional and  contemporary printmaking, installation, and multimedia. 
          Elena Bouvier, a Philadelphia native is best known for her photography  work for the City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly. She is currently exploring  themes of life, death, and rebirth in book form. 
          Amanda D?Amico is  from Minneapolis, MN. Her work investigates American history through humor and contemporary  popular culture.
          Bo Duvall grew up in  West    Virginia  where he was raised in the local library and art museum. His work is a game or  riddle, sometimes played out with a dark sense of humor. 
          Sun Young Kang is a  native of South Korea, where she received a degree in traditional  Korean painting. Currently she is exploring her Buddhist beliefs in her work. 
          Phuong Pham claims  various parts of central Pennsylvania and Maryland as her home, and works primarily with bodily  structures and materials. She examines visceral memoirs translated through  various print media. 
          Stephanie Stump is  from Chicago and has a background in graphic design. In  her work, she focuses on connectivity among people and combines the use of  conventional and digital printing processes. 
          Graham Watson  produces books that document human interactions with our environment. His  pieces are tools for contemplation of the complex systems within the natural  world. 
          Michelle Wilson sees  her work as a form of activism against environmental degradation. A native of  central Pennsylvania, she has been living and working in Philadelphia for the past ten years.
          The University of  the Arts graduate program in Book Arts and Printmaking offers a course of study  in which students explore the book as an art form that incorporates  two-dimensional as well as three-dimensional structure. It embraces both the  rich history of the book and the new processes and forms created by digital  technology. Its concept of book arts includes fine-press printing and  illustrated texts, visual and verbal narratives, and works that push the idea  of a book toward unconventional expectations.

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