INK GAME, HA!
Mike Hagan Screenprints (with one drawing)
October 11–28, 2018
Mike Hagan’s new prints continue a 10-year exploration of custom and ‘tween’ colors, tessellations, halftones, and the relationships among hand-pulled prints, drawing, painting, commercial printing, digital imagery, and photography. In the exhibit he treats these interests as a ‘game’ to motivate and provide boundaries in his printmaking. Main rules for the game: “Make visible what must be made visible to be understood; and have fun doing it.”
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New prints from 2018: “On Bookhill” (cityscape with Georgetown Library reader); “Not a Hat, Not a Cake, Not a Pipe Either” (millinery, pastry, ink, art theory); “Half Elephant” (paper sizes and politics); “Early Bird” (Asian homage to Hopper’s “Nighthawks”); “Blind Massage” (cityscape in Xian’s Moslem quarter); and “Fibonacci Lemons” (colored pencil drawing with math and compositional clichés).
Exhibit available for viewing 11am-6pm, every Thursday-Sunday, October 11th through October 28th, at 1641 Wisconsin Avenue (above Q Street), NW, Washington DC.
RECEPTION was Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2-5pm
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRINTMAKER: Check here to see Mike’s days in the Gallery, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. During the exhibit period feel free to contact Mike directly to arrange visits with the printmaker on other days and time.
Mike is Washington Printmakers Gallery’s previous President (2006-2009), recent Treasurer (2016-2017), and member (since 2007). He is on the Executive Board of the Washington Print Club and a supporter of the Washington Print Foundation. More locally, he contributed to the Glover Park “Callbox” Project. He was awarded a Certificate in Printmaking from The Corcoran College of Art and Design in 1995 and exhibited with Corcoran faculty, students, and other members of the Washington DC printmaking community in annual printmaking portfolio group shows (1995-2002). The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Gallery K estate, the U.S. Library of Congress, and many private collectors hold his prints. Mike and his prints have also been a part of local community, national, and international initiatives including fund-raising efforts for Glover Park’s Stoddert Elementary School, American Diabetes Association, and Health Volunteers Overseas. All artist proceeds from sales of Michael Hagan’s prints through Washington Printmakers Gallery go directly to Health Volunteers Overseas, (www.hvousa.org) a non-profit organization improving global health through education.