PASSIONATE INSCRIPTION — The Monotypes of Abbie Winson


July 16 – August 23, 2015

Opening reception July 16th, 7:30-9:30

Abbie loved the relationship between paint and paper. She saw everything in terms of dynamic — what the paint did to the paper, how the paper informed the paint and how colors pushed and pulled at each other.

Monotypes — prints made by painting on a smooth non-absorbent surface, as in glass or acrylic (or inking an entire surface and creating a subtractive image) then transferring that to paper using a printing press — were a great vehicle for Abbie. Monotypes have much to do with the relationships Abbie loved, as well as having other interesting constraints/benefits of equipment and community.

Abbie’s monotype prints — 1.5′ X 2.5′ works on paper — were done in the 80’s and 90’s. She incorporated her inscriptive, calligraphic gestures into the monotypes, sometimes as an after-thought, in an action-painterly way, always interested in the movement of the process. Some of the prints also layer in Cubist abstractions as well as collisions of figures and landscape.

There are about 200 monotypes; some are available for acquisition.

Photos of Monotypes are by Rachael Shane Photography.