The theme of this portfolio relates to how traces can effect change, how what imprints us as individuals can effect real changes in culture, politics and our personal lives. What may seem ephemeral like an echo can generate cataclysmic changes globally and what may seem insignificant can alter the course of our personal lives. As printmakers, as artists, what we experience relates to what we make, what we generate becomes. The Trace + Gestures portfolio evidences echoes and fleeting gestures into something that is real and tangible.
This portfolio gathers a group of artists from the U.S. and abroad who freely explore the title of the portfolio and reference location/site(s), translation, cultural dialogues and the traces that these may leave upon an individual and those that the individual leaves behind. Globally, the use of zines, stencil graffiti, social media and other print traces has had a rising impact in the current discourse about the free dissemination of ideas. What may seem a fleeting gesture can reverberate to have a lasting impact, whether on a global or personal scale.
This project was made possible by generous support from the Frostic School of Art, Richmond Center for Visual Arts Exhibitions, College of Fine Arts and the Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works Fund at Western Michigan University. We would also like to thank the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for the fabrication of the portfolio container.
Kim Ambriz, Alicia Candiani, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Jean Dibble, Rodney Ewing. Robert Glasgow. Tom Howes, Cara Jaye, Anita Jung, Kent Kapplinger, Martyna Matusiak, Nichole Maury, Ayanah Moor, Danielle Rante, Miguel Angel Rivera, Claudia Sbrissa, Sergio Soave, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría, Melanie Yazzie