Visual Record: The Materiality of Sound in Print at Print Center New York, October 2022 – January 2023

“International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York’s flagship non-profit arts institution dedicated to advancing print as a primary artistic, cultural, and social medium, will be renamed Print Center New York upon the opening of its new home this October.

Print Center New York will inaugurate the new, ground floor space at 535 West 24th Street with Visual Record: The Materiality of Sound in Print, an exhibition investigating how artists since the 1970s have employed print-based processes to examine the relationship between sound and its visual representation. Organized by guest curator Elleree Erdos, who has since been appointed Director, Prints and Multiples at David Zwirner, the presentation includes works by 15 artists, including Terry Adkins, John Cage, Bethany Collins, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Dario Robleto, and Audra Wolowiec, among others. Visual Record will be on view through January 2023.

Rooted in the traditions of both sound and print, the works in Visual Record reflect an increasing interest in how prints relate to and inform broader, multimedia practices on both technical and conceptual levels. Visual Record will highlight artists whose work translates between sound and print using distinctly physical means. Across a wide range of subject matter—from the rhythms of jazz and American nostalgia to the sound of silence and the encoding of race in aural matter—the works demonstrate how the idea of the ‘record’ is bolstered by innovative technical and conceptual approaches to printmaking.” — Print Center New York

Bethany Collins. America: A Hymnal, 2017. Artist book with 100 laser-cut leaves. 6 x 9 × 1 inches. Edition of 25. Published by Patron Gallery, Chicago. Courtesy the artist and Patron Gallery, Chicago. © Bethany Collins. Image courtesy of the artist and PATRON Gallery, Chicago. Photography by Evan Jenkins.
Christian Marclay. Allover (Rush, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, and Others), 2008. Cyanotype. 51 ½ × 100 inches. University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum Collection, Tampa. © 2008 Christian Marclay and Graphicstudio, U.S.F. Photo Credit: Will Lytch.
Dario Robleto. Sadness from listening to a sung melody, (Le Vallon) Gounod, 1896, from The First Time, the Heart, 2017. Photolithograph on Rising Drawing Bristol with transparent base ink, hand-flamed and sooted paper; image brushed with lithotine and lifted from soot, fused in a mild solution of shellac and denatured alcohol. From a portfolio of 50 prints. Each sheet 11 ½ × 14 ¼ inches. Edition of 6. Published by Island Press at Washington University, St. Louis. © Dario Robleto.
Audra Wolowiec. voiceprint (we the people), 2021. Offset woodblock print with laser-cut commas. 24 × 19 inches. Edition of 26. © Audra Woloweic.
Audra Wolowiec. AIR, 2020. Five-channel sound installation. © Audra Wolowiec. Photo by Joel Tsui.

Images courtesy Print Center New York.