Many people will probably remember an innovative collaborative art project that took place in Newark Oct. 20, 2012. That groundbreaking project titled "Quarter Mile Print Project: A Family Affair" which was conceived, organized and directed by artist and printmaker Stephen McKenzie and executed by numerous artist assistants and participants, was one of the largest printmaking events ever undertaken. Now some of the prints created that day are coming to 1978 Maplewood Arts Center in Maplewood. The exhibition will run from May 5, 2013 to May 26 2013. The opening is May 5, 2013 from 2 – 5 pm. Current plans call for Mr. McKenzie to demonstrate a scale version of his unique printmaking technique on May 19th. 1978 Maplewood Arts Center is located at 1978 Springfield Ave. in Maplewood.
In addition to its ambitious raw scale the project represents a celebration of collaborative printmaking and a demonstration that traditional artistic mediums remain vibrant and alive. “When you stretch an artistic medium or approach it from a different angle you can get some very interesting results,” said Mr. McKenzie. “Visitors are going to enjoy the quality and variety of the work on display.”
The monotype is a direct printing process that lends itself to public participation. Fundamentally it is the transference of an image from one surface to another by means of pressure, either by hand or machine, for the “Quarter Mile Print,” the press was a steamroller.
Funding for the original project was provided in part by the Newark Arts Council in conjunction with the Open Doors Tour, an annual fall cultural event held in Newark, NJ.
About 1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Maplewood Arts Center is a community gallery run by volunteers overseen by the Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm or by appointment. For more information about 1978 Arts Center programs go to: www.1978artscenter.org