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Michael Goro – Etchings

Opening thursday 23th of May at 6.00pm
Gallery of the Fondazione Il Bisonte
Via San Niccolò 24/red, Firenze
Tel. 055 2342585
e-mail: gallery@ilbisonte.it
Firenze, 23th of May – 12th of June 2019

Bio
Michael Goro was born in 1966 and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he received his B.A. in architecture. In 1990 he emigrated to Jerusalem, Israel where he discovered intaglio printmaking and began to use it as his main medium. In 1993 he moved to the U.S. and completed his education, receiving an M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently the Chairman of the Graphics Department of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, whose program he has developed and taught in the past fifteen years. Goro’s works can be found in numerous private and public collections. He has held residencies and has exhibited widely worldwide. Mr. Goro has received a number of prestigious international awards in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

These modest lines about Michael Goro do not do justice to his work: his prints are deep and complex, both in language and technique. Meticulous but not as an embroidery but as a modifying force that works the plate with impetuousness and meticulousness, bending it physically to the artist’s will. His engravings are powerful urban landscapes, where the city is always the anti-hero protagonist of his narrative, sometimes balanced by counterpoint incursions headed by iconic figures such as Renaissance portraits.

Masterclass Michael Goro – 25 and 26 of May

WAYS TO TRANSLATE GESTURE INTO METAL
splashing, dripping, smudging… how to take advantage of the accidental in the intaglio process

This course is ideal for artists with printmaking experience. Michael Goro, a prominent intaglio printmaker, and educator will share his unorthodox approach to developing imagery and creating textures. It is going to be the weekend of splashing, dripping, smudging. Participants will loose and regain control over their plates taking advantage of the accidental in the intaglio process. The class will involve experimentation with the alternative ways of creating textures while looking for the right proportion of control and chaos. Some of the techniques offered will involve xerographic toner, spray paint, photocopies as well as scraping, burnishing, and engraving. The object of the course is to produce the completed or almost completed etchings. In order to make it possible participants are encouraged to bring sketches, photos, ideas or feelings of what they would like to create.

Cost 120 euro, basic material included.
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 of May.
From 10am to 5pm.

Workshop outline
Day 1
a. Introduction of the materials and the technical demonstrations
b. Participants work on their plates implementing the acquired techniques
c. Participants etch the plates

Day 2
a. Further demonstrations
b. Participants proof their plates
c. Individual discussions and refinement of the images

Contemporary American Prints

Contemporary American Prints
Il Bisonte Gallery
San Niccolò 24/red
Firenze, Italia

Exhibition Free and Open to the Public: September 9-23, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, from 6-8pm
Gallery Talk with the Curator: Friday, September 9, from 7-8pm
Gallery hours: from monday to friday, 9am-1pm and 3-7pm.
saturday on appointment.
Contact: gallery@ilbisonte.it
Tel. 0039 (0)55 2342585

Featured Artists:
Miguel Aragon, Staten Island, New York
Emily Arthur, Madison, Wisconsin
Janet Ballweg, Bowling Green, Ohio
Michael Barnes, Saint Charles, Illinois
Josh Dannin, Manchester, New Hampshire
Andrew DeCaen, Denton, Texas
Jeffrey Dell, San Marcos, Texas,
Amze Emmons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lari Gibbons, Denton, TX
Karla Hackenmiller, Athens, Ohio
Nicole Hand, Murray, Kentucky
Melissa Harshman, Athens, Georgia
John Hitchcock, Madison, Wisconsin
Michael Krueger, Lawrence, Kansas
Carrie Lingscheit, Chicago, Illinois
Beauvais Lyons, Knoxville, Tennessee
Kathryn Maxwell, Tempe, Arizona
Phyllis McGibbon, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Yoonmi Nam, Lawrence, Kansas
Ashley Nason, Eaton, Colorado
Kathryn Polk, Tucson, Arizona,
Andrew Raftery, Providence, Rhode Island
Jason Scuilla, Manhattan, Kansas
Hyeyoung Shin, Kansas City, Missouri
Tanja Softic, Richmond, Virginia
Jon Swindler, Athens, Georgia
Erik Waterkotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
Art Werger, Athens, Ohio
Koichi Yamamoto, Knoxville, Tennessee
Rina Yoon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Exhibition:
This exhibition features contemporary printmakers of the United States of America.
American artist, Andrew DeCaen has curated this exhibition as part of his Artist in Residency during the month of September at the Il Bisonte Foundation for Printmaking.
The exhibition includes a selection of artists hailing from a variety of geographic regions in the United States and representing the status of the contemporary research, aesthetics and technical diversity in printmaking. These artists work in modes from figuration, surrealist trajectories, image sampling, naturalistic documentation, and lyrical abstraction, exploring current issues including environmental concerns, urban development and blight, feminism, desensitization of modern violence, and interruptions of conventionally held truths. The exhibition demonstrates the vitality and diversity of contemporary printmaking with a wide variety of processes and techniques including: woodcut relief, letterpress relief, relief embossing, acid etching, electrolytic etching, aquatint, metal engraving, photo-intaglio, stone lithography, plate lithography, screen print, layered digital printing, and other delicate and complex techniques.

English Language Links:
Andrew DeCaen: www.andrewdecaen.com