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Jerome Emerging Printmakers 2004–2005

Jeremy Lund, Karl Nelson, Jamie Swanson

On View: January 21, 2005 – March 31, 2005


Made possible with generous funding from the Jerome Foundation, the Residency exists to provide a venue for emerging Minnesota artists to further their exploration of the printmaking arts. 


Jeremy Lund describes his prints as an “exploration of the fundamental questions of printmaking: what is a print, and how does printmaking enter into our world”. In recognizing the many different places that a print could be displayed, Lund has created a flexible structural format for his new works. “The presentation of this work can be modified for any number of locations or exhibition possibilities,” notes the artist. “I wanted to create a visual record of vast territory that is completely fictional but still able to echo current ideas of place”.

Karl Nelson has created a series of new etchings that “play with metaphors of uncertainty”. Nelson explains: “A clash of elements within each composition, for instance, a brick wall in the shape of a cloud, creates mixed metaphors that defy interpretation. While being meticulously drawn, these etchings have an irreverent and rambunctious spirit. Like visual limericks, this series of prints evoke the nonsense verse of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.”

Jamie Swanson has spent her time at Highpoint working on a collection of new woodcut prints that investigate personal ties to the world around her. Explaining that she has “always been interested in storytelling, whether oral, written, or visual,” Swanson’s prints depict “short stories about the people in [her] life”. She elaborates: “The narrative work has moved in a simplistic direction concentrating on the figures and allegorical images.”

Special thanks goes to the excellent panel of jurors that made the selections: Betsy Carpenter, Curatorial Assistant, Permanent Collection at the Walker Art Center; Tim Peterson, Founder and Director of Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; and David Rathman, acclaimed printmaker/painter and Highpoint-published artist.

Earlier Event: December 3
Prints on Ice 2004
Later Event: April 8