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Questionable Press Art Exhibition
April 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Artist and printer Sarah Brown, self-appointed mastermind of Questionable Press, will display 1,529 paper fish sculptures at Arts West in Athens, OH opening April 4 from 5:30-8:30pm. These fish began as a hand carved, wood-engraved image block that was printed in a letterpress from 1958. Each one was then assembled by hand for display. The show will be on display through April 25th at Arts West, 132 W State Street, Athens, OH.
Sarah Brown is a wood engraving and letterpress artist in Lancaster, Ohio. She uses three tons of vintage letterpress printing equipment to make well-made whim-wham for her business, Questionable Press. Her main press is a 1958 Heidelberg Windmill, designed to print long runs of small prints. Wood engraving was once a prominent image making process. Though it is now most often used for limited edition prints, the blocks are designed to hold fine detail through the test of time and pressure. Sarah creates work that concentrates on engaging others in play, communication, and the natural world while working within the confines of traditional letterpress printing. The main component of this piece, the paper fish sculpture, is part of her paper sculpture series, sold individually as a kit. This display of over 1,500 assembled fish exemplifies the strengths of the medium and elevates the work, playing with the definition of fine art.