Lyell Castonguay, director of BIG INK, will be exhibiting a sample of his woodcut project with prints by artists working around the country. BIG INK’s mission is to inspire a greater public appreciation for relief printmaking and extend its practice among contemporary artists.
Opening reception Sunday, December 10, 2-4pm.
BIG INK is an organized network of creative thinkers focused on carving, printing, and promoting large scale woodcuts. We invite artists, via a call-for-entry application process, to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, through bigink.org. Approximately fourteen artists are accepted per event and given two months to carve an image. At the end of the two months, BIG INK meets with the artists at a predetermined space, such as an art center, festival, or community print shop, and helps them print his or her woodcut onto paper. These events culminate in exhibition opportunities and potential sales for the artists who participate.
Initially, BIG INK began as a way for Lyell Castonguay and his partner, Carand Burnet to share their acquired knowledge of the medium with others. Since 2012, a national community of over a hundred past participants has formed.
Feature image: Carolyn Muskat, The Watcher, 72w x 36h, 2015