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13Forest pops up at Food Link; reopening months away

13Forest Gallery

UPDATED Nov. 16: 13Forest Gallery, at 167A Mass. Ave., was exhibiting One of One: Four Approaches to Monoprints," until an Aug. 28 fire next door, at Thrive Juice Cafe. Meanwhile, the gallery has popped up at 108 Summer St., at the hub for Food Link, while repairs are being made to the gallery space on Mass. Ave. Owner Marc Gurton further updates the public below, with news about a holiday pop-up.

 The gallery, established in 2006, is thrilled to be working with Food Link, which is renting them a beaMarc GurtonMarc Gurton welcomes you.utiful 1,000-square- foot space with windows overlooking the Minuteman Bikeway. 

Gallery hours are still being worked out, but expect plenty of new work from over 100 local New England artists and craftspeople just in time for the holidays. 

Holiday pop-up

The past couple of months since the Aug. 28 fire at the café next to our gallery have been busy and challenging for the 13Forest team. Unfortunately, we have learned that it will be several more months until we are able to reopen the gallery.

While we navigate the complex remediation process, we have also been working on opening a temporary pop-up location so that we can still bring you our annual holiday offerings. We are very excited to be popping up in the lower level of the Food Link Hub at 108 Summer St.

We have officially moved in and are now open for business, and over the next few weeks we will continue to expand the selection of fine art and gifts at this temporary space. Read more about how to visit us at our new pop-up >> 

While Plenty will look different this year, we plan on showing many wonderful new pieces from our talented artists. We welcome you to make an appointment or drop by Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm. Watch for extended hours as we get closer to the holidays. We are so excited to see you again. 

A view of printmaking

Printmaking is typically thought of as a process by which artists can create multiple images in less time than it might take to produce an individual painting. For centuries, printmaking’s reproducibility has helped make art more egalitarian. As artists have produced and disseminated larger bodies of work to larger audiences, art collecting has become more accessible to the average person. Innovation has always been vital to the development of printmaking techniques, with artists around the world devising new and ingenious ways to experiment with the form. Albrecht Dürer, working in sixteenth-century Germany, elevated public perception of printmaking as an art form with his deft and elegant woodblock prints and engravings. In the Edo period in Japan a century later, artists perfected woodblock printing with their ukiyo-e, or pictures of the floating world, which were remarkable for their depictions of modern life. 

The four artists in "One of One" capture the spirit of curiosity and experimentation that has long been a part of the history of printmaking. Intentionally missing from their work, however, is the element of reproducibility. Focusing on monoprints, each of the show's artists combines materials with printmaking techniques such as silkscreen, woodblock and the manual distribution of ink with a roller into works that defy reproduction. There are no copies; they are as unique as paintings. 

Monoprints allow for a freeform approach to image making, as seen in the prints of Dorothea Van Camp. Van Camp designs her silkscreens digitally as individual components that she can combine in myriad ways to create unique imagery. Alison Judd uses silkscreens as well, layering organic forms and playing with ink application to create depth in her prints. Combining sculpture and printmaking, Robert Maloney has developed a process of pouring plaster onto his woodblocks and embedding architectural elements to create hybrids that evoke urban scenery. Damion Silver works with sculpture as well, developing cyanotypes on pieces of wood that he then cuts and assembles. 

The artists in "One of One" approach printmaking with expansive sensibilities and demonstrate yet again the rich history and endless potential of their medium. 

Tuesday-Saturday: noon to 6

This news announcement was updated April 24, 2021, and updated Nov. 16.



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