Gallery Talk with the Artists: Thursday, January 16, 5:30pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 6:00 – 7:30pm
The Print Center is pleased to present solo exhibitions of new work by Miguel A. Aragón (born Ciudad Juárez, México; lives Staten Island, NY), Young Sun Han (born Evanston, IL; lives Brooklyn, NY) and Ron Tarver (born Fort Gibson, OK; lives Philadelphia, PA). These artists were selected from more than 500 international artists who applied to our 94th ANNUAL International Competition. The jurors were Charlotte Cotton, Curator-in-Residence, California Museum of Photography, Riverside and Gretchen Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Saint Louis Art Museum.
The Print Center’s ANNUAL is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the United States. It highlights local, national and international artists who utilize photography and printmaking in intriguing ways, both in content and in process.
The 94th ANNUAL solo exhibitions highlight new and recent work from three cutting-edge artists: Miguel A. Aragón, Young Sun Han and Ron Tarver, active in the fields of contemporary printmaking and photography. Because of the nature of the competition, our applicant pool always reveals something unexpected; this year – as is often the case – all three exhibitions are concerned with timely topics. They speak to a profound diversity in material, technique and subject. We are proud to exhibit the work of these artists and engage in the critical dialogs ignited by them. – Ksenia Nouril, Jensen Bryan Curator
Miguel A. Aragón: Indices of Silence/Índices del silencio
Aragón pointedly addresses the deaths, arrests and corruption associated with the war on drugs unfolding in and beyond Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, a city bordered by El Paso, Texas. Using a variety of innovative print techniques, such as an industrial-grade hand drill to cut both large woodblocks and sheets of paper, he presents gripping portraits that humanize the victims of this violence.
Young Sun Han: The Unforever Parallel
Approaching loss from both personal and collective points of view, Han explores his family narratives through the geopolitical history of North and South Korea in the 20th century. He traces the immigrant experience across the 38th parallel north (the border between these two countries). His photo-based installations poetically depict the places rooted in these histories.
Ron Tarver: An Overdue Conversation With My Father
Tarver reimagines the African American experience in the United States under Jim Crow, as interpreted through the lens of his father Richard Tarver, a photographer who captured this community in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma during the 1940s and 50s. By looking back at his father’s archive and appropriating its imagery, Tarver reworks them to reflect on the deep history of the tight-knit African American community in Fort Gibson, re-presenting its triumphs and tribulations.