Mortlake Print Exchange
Each Fall Mortlake and Company invites print makers to participate in a themed exhibition and print exchange as part of the Mortlake Book Fair festivities. Participating artists submit a limited number of prints, which are then exchanged with the other artists work. In addition to exhibiting the prints in its gallery throughout September, Mortlake and Company will also host two receptions [ see dates below ].
Print Exchange curated by Brian Cotnoir & William Kiesel - 2018 Theme:
Ascent Through Descent
Many esoteric traditions have in their practice ideas of descent into the underworld in order for the soul to ascend. In alchemy it is the nigredo the black stage, an opening of the body, a descent into matter before its rebirth. Or, consider the shaman’s descent into, and travels through, the underworld in pursuit of healing. In our stories of the gods we hear of Orpheus’ descent into Hades to retrieve his love Eurydice. Or, of the Harrowing of Hell, Christ’s descent into hell before his resurrection. It is an idea that is repeated in many ways, throughout many cultures and spiritual traditions.
The Spiral Stair. Letterpress. Benjamin A. Vierling
Opening Reception - 6 Sept
Please join us for the opening reception of the Ascent Through Descent print exchange on 6 September during First Thursday Art Walk 7-9pm
Artists Reception - 15 Sept
Help us celebrate the artists of the Ascent Through Descent print exchange by coming to this special reception at Mortlake and Company. The curators will introduce the exhibition and several of the participating artists will also be in attendance. This event is part of the Mortlake Book Fair festivities. Saturday 15 September 8-10pm.
Mortlake and Company
121 Prefontaine Place South
Seattle, WA 98144
In addition to individual prints, a limited number of complete sets from the exhibition will be available for sale.
Print makers interested in participating in the 2019 print exchange should contact Mortlake and Company for details.
Richard 'Bokar' Capuro
Drew Meger | Corey Press
Benjamin A. Vierling