I Love the Ark-La-Tex: Print at Artspace

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 7:20pm

I've heard of screen printing, but only when it comes to clothing. Like they always do, Shreveport's Artspace is showing me something new, this time with their lastest exhibit Print.

Print showcases the work of Richard Duardo, using original prints from his East Los Angeles studio Modern Multiples.

One of the things I love about Artspace is that their exhibitions are hands on. Despite my mother's frequent pleadings, I'm not a sit and look kind of museum girl. I'd much rather be standing and doing. In this case, Artspace even let me make my own screen print (for free, just like everything else at Artspace).

I was a little intimidated, but all it took for a perfect screen print was a little bit of muscle, well a lot of muscle. Once I brought my muscles out, I became a perfect screen printer, and thought I was ready for my own showing, until I looked around at the work the other artists did.

Some of the pieces, especially in the Chicano collection, had 36 layers of ink, each carefully placed on top of each other, creating a pastel effect.

It's ok that I'm not yet in that caliber, I've got until October 12, when Print closes to get there; as long as Artspace save some wall space for Annie Andersen originals.

And that's just another reason I love the Ark-La-Tex.


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