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Center for Contemporary Printmaking presents CCP’s 2017Artists-in-Residency: Tim Clifford,
Amy Park, Ruby Sky Stiler, and Gladys Triana
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking presents CCP’s 2017Artists-in-
Residency: Tim Clifford, Amy Park, Ruby Sky Stiler, and Gladys Triana, on view from Saturday,
March 31, 2018 through Sunday, May 27, 2018 in the Center’s Grace Ross Shanley Gallery. An
opening reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from
2:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m.
The exhibition features suites of prints created at CCP during each artist’s 2 week residency
in the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage during the second half of 2017 along with a
selection of paintings and sculpture by each artist. The focus of the Center’s 2017 Artist-in-
Residency program was for CCP to provide the guidance, technical knowledge, and materials and
equipment to four artists who do not employ printmaking in their normal practice, allowing them to
explore the medium in a completely supportive environment to see how their previous art making
practice could be translated into the print medium. The invitational residency program was
supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and CCP’s Grace Ross Shanley
Tim Clifford’s work includes sculptural installations, drawings, and paintings which explore
how our associations with different subjects become transformed through their proximity and
involvement in history, changing their meaning over time, and what this reveals about ourselves as
individuals and our culture. Clifford’s most recent series of work focuses on mourning rituals and
cemetery architecture in the United States, incorporating the weeping willow, a frequent image
appearing on early 19th century tombstones. During the residency program, Clifford created a series
of lithographs based on the weeping willow motif. Alongside these prints, CCP will be showing one
of Clifford’s related panel paintings.
Artist Amy Park is known as a watercolorist who paints large-scale images of modernist
architecture. Park works from photographs, rendering entire city skylines as well as individual
residences with incredible precision. Her handling of the surface reflections and light allows for
both realistic representation of the subject matter with an allowance for abstraction at the same time.
The artist created four etchings during the residency period, two architectural images and two
abstract pieces. During the exhibition, CCP will be displaying a monochrome watercolor painted by
the artist to complement the print series.
The work of sculptor and painter Ruby Sky Stiler relies on a monochromatic palette of
primarily black and white forms flattened and abstracted into sharply cut geometric planes
reminiscent of Cubist paintings and collage. Her figures and objects rely on their heavy outlines to
establish their shape. Stiler’s residency allowed her to layer patterns and figures from classical
antiquity behind a black text-based grid, both revealing and obscuring different details from one
print to the next. Stiler’s variable edition of monoprints are each unique due to her having handpainted
two monotype plates which were then layered with a copperplate etching and a
photopolymer intaglio plate. Accompanying her prints, CCP will have two of the artist’s sculptures
in the gallery.
Gladys Triana is a Cuban artist working across a variety of mediums including drawing,
collages, photography, and installations. She has lived in New York City since 1975 and since
completing her MA in 1977, has found ways of using her work to rebel against society’s
stereotyping of women and limiting their freedom of expression. Triana relies on the interplay of
light and shadow to confront these themes of confinement, fragmentation, and oppression. The
triptych of aquatints Triana created during her residency make use of her practice balancing light
and shadow among a group of nondescript figural shapes. Triana has shared an assemblage/collage
with CCP to show with her recent prints. The piece extends beyond the two dimensional plane of
the wall space with pieces of the collage “falling” down to the gallery floor below.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking has planned related events in conjunction with
this exhibition, beginning with an opening reception on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 2:00 p.m
until 4:00 p.m. in the Grace Ross Shanley Gallery. A series of artists’ talks will take place on
various Tuesdays throughout the course of the exhibition beginning with a talk by Amy Park on
Tuesday, April 17th at noon. The second artist’s talk with Gladys Triana will be held on
Tuesday, April 24th at noon. The third talk will be with Tim Clifford on Tuesday, May 8th at
noon. And the fourth and final talk will be with Ruby Sky Stiler on Tuesday May 15th at noon.
All artist talks will be held in the Grace Ross Shanley Gallery.
The Grace Ross Shanley Gallery is located in the Center for Contemporary Printmaking
situated in Mathews Park at 299 West Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. It is open to the public
Tuesday through Saturday, 9-5 p.m., and Sundays 12 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. Please consult the
website for details (http://www.contemprints.org