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Artists Talk - Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban

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Artists’ Talk by Leslie Mutchler & Jason Urban

4pm on Saturday 24th June at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery

Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban are artists, collaborators and Lecturers in the Print Area at The University of Texas, USA. They will give a short Artists’ Talk about their current exhibition – Babel Unbound, their practice and their approach to print in the expanded field.

Leslie & Jason are currently International Visiting Artists in Residence at Cork Printmakers. They are invited speakers at the FIRST EDITION Print Symposium, 23 & 24 June, Millennium Hall, Cork.


“Obviously, no one expects to discover anything.”

Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel

Babel Unbound, at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, is new body of work that focuses on ephemeral editions, prints and printed multiples within the context of the library as a curated and performed space.

A series of printed works, risographs, xeroxes and screenprints become a publication pulled apart, ephemeral and in-flux, lining walls of the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery. Photographs, 3D printed objects and large-scale digital prints break up the monotony of the splayed publication and help to loosely connect pieces of text, re-paginated essays, screen-captured images, and scans of book spreads. The gallery becomes a circular space without hierarchy; with no beginning and no end- babel unbound.

Referencing a series of historical works intertwined with the function and performance of the library, such as Aby Warburg’s Atlas Mnemosyne, Borges’ The Library of Babel, and Walter Benjamin’s Unpacking my Library, the artists contemplate the library of today- one filtered through reproducibility, access to information and an ever-evolving understanding of curation, aesthetics and the archive. The library is a fertile place for exploration, a place that most often prioritizes use over display whereas the gallery is a site that prioritizes display over functionality. Babel Unbound attempts to do both; and while doing so slowly becomes aware of itself, as illegible, complicated, incomplete…

The International Visiting Artist Residency programme at Cork Printmakers is intended to provide opportunities for artists to research and develop their own practice, to explore ideas and work processes in a new environment and to improve international networks.


Leslie Mutchler – biography

Leslie Mutchler’s most recent projects are experiential and examine the purpose and functionality of the printed form and the use of handcraft through multi-participatory installations. She received her BFA from Kent State University and MFA from the Tyler School of Art. Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States. Recent solo shows include PostHEX and HEX Outpost, a two-part installation, at Grizzly, Grizzly in Philadelphia, PA (2015 and 2016); UNIVERSAL, Atelier Circular, Montreal, Canada (2014); and TrendFACTORY, Kent State University Gallery, OH, Elon University Gallery, NC, Indianapolis Art Center, IN, ARPRIM Gallery, Montreal, Canada, and Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX (2014-2012). Mutchler is Associate Chair and the Director of the AAH Core Program in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. www.lesliemutchler.com


Jason Urban – biography

Jason Urban is an artist, writer, and teacher living and working in Austin, TX. Originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Urban earned a BFA from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. His prints, drawings, paintings and installations have been featured in numerous venues both nationally and internationally. As a supplement to both his research and teaching, Urban co-edits Printeresting.org, the thinking person's favorite online resource for interesting printmaking miscellany. In 2011, Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation awarded Printeresting an ArtsWriters Grant. In addition to hundreds of Printeresting posts, Urban has also written numerous essays for the journal Art in Print.

www.jasonurban.com

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