To celebrate Print Austin, grayDUCK gallery presents two artists with an atypical approach to printmaking. Out of the Ruined Place finds beauty in unlikely settings. Tonja Torgerson explores human impermanence, decaying/being consumed by nature, with serigraphs, wheat paste graffiti and photography. Margaret Craig uses an invented printing process on discarded plastic to create a luminous Trash Reef installation.
Glasstire just published a wonderful review of Send Off, the current print exhibition at grayDUCK Gallery in Austin, Texas. It included some very kind words about my work in the show:
“Bite by Torgerson is particular haunting, depicting a young woman ingesting (or is that regurgitating?) an unidentifiable, gold substance—a scene rendered peaceful through historical portrait conventions, Damson branch oval vignetting, and a returned gaze. Further down the wall of four (un)traditional portraits, Torgerson’s Fed is a quite sensible portrait of a conservatively dressed woman, save the absurdity of a pile of cash crammed into her mouth. The work references physical money in a secondary, more subtle way: its full-profile circular style mimics the design of a coin. I doubt that it is lost on the artist that currency is also editioned, and in the case of paper money, printed.”
After three and a half years in South Austin, grayDUCK will be relocating to the Eastside. A final send off in the form of a group print show of a handful of the artists that have adorned these walls in years past, featuring original, small batch prints.
Send Off grayDUCK Gallery
608 W. Monroe Street, Suite C,
Austin, TX 78704
(S.1st St. & Monroe)
December 6th – 22nd, 2013 Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 6th, 7-10pm