The World Between the Block and the Paper
Exhibition on view: December 11, 2021 – March 27, 2022
Tour and Opening Reception: Saturday, December 11 starting at 1 p.m.
See below for special Exhibition related programming.

A Mokuhanga Exhibition of Artists and Teachers presented by the Southern Vermont Arts Center and the Mokuhanga Sisters.

Kate MacDonagh, “Somewhere in Between”

In memory of Keiko Kadota and Tetsuo Soyama, our mentors who inspired us to devote our art practices to Mokuhanga.

The Mokuhanga Sisters, a print collective, met at the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory, in the shadow of Mt Fuji, Japan, and bonded through their practice of mokuhanga.

Mokuhanga, literally meaning “wood print” in Japanese, is a process of printing that originated in China and was developed into a popular art form in Edo Period, Japan (1603-1867). The images of this time, known as ukiyo-e, captured the interest of European artists in the 1800s, and, since that time, mokuhanga processes have been dancing between both Asian and European traditions and is now gaining popularity among international artists.

Because it is time-consuming to produce, the practice of mokuhanga develops the intimacy between the artist and the print, revealing the poetry and soul of the artist at every step of the process. The artist will gauge by “feel” the depth of the carving, the dampness of the paper, the ratio of rice glue to pigment, the pressure placed on the baren (tool for rubbing). The artist is paying attention all the time to the senses, particularly to the sense of touch. Mokuhanga prints are produced in harmony with nature and do not leave a negative impact on the environment.

In this exhibition, the Mokuhanga Sisters invited teachers and friends to demonstrate the versatility of this ecologically-sound medium. Although it is possible to create a print after a one-day workshop, mastering this art form takes many hours of practice. In that way, everyone who practices mokuhanga has needed at least one teacher.

The World Between the Block and the Paper will be on view in Yester House simultaneously with Hiroshige and the Changing Japanese Landscape in the Wilson Museum. We invite the viewer to notice the techniques in both exhibitions and to compare how the tradition of mokuhanga has continued as well as how it has been updated. The goal is to create a conversation around this medium and to realize its full potential for artistic expression by dialoguing with its history.

Exhibiting Artists:
Katie Baldwin invites Chihiro Taki
Patty Hudak invites Louise Rouse
Mariko Jesse invites Hidehiko Gotou
Kate MacDonagh invites Katsutoshi Yuasa
Yoonmi Nam invites Matthew Willie Garcia
Mia O invites Terry McKenna
Lucy May Schofield invites Ayao Shiokawa
Melissa Schulenberg invites Brendan Reilly

Our teachers:
Hidehiko Gotou
Kyoko Hirai

Shoichi Kitamura
Tetsuo and Toshio Soyama

Our community:
Annie Bissett
Sarah Hulsey

Jennifer Mack-Watkins
Florence Neal
April Vollmer

Special Exhibition Events:

Contemporary Mokuhanga Exhibition Tour and Opening Reception
Saturday, December 11 @ 1 p.m., Yester House
Patty Hudak, a member of the Mokuhanga Sisters print collective and co-organizer of this exhibition, will lead an intimate tour of The World Between the Block and the Paper. Exhibition opening reception to follow.

Back to Back Woodblock Programs!
Saturday, February 12
$5 Member / $10 Non-member

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Wilson Museum
Inspired by Hiroshige: Making Color Woodblock Prints, A Demonstration and Talk by Matt Brown
Matt Brown offers a demonstration and explanation of how he makes woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese hanga method, an approach inspired by (and not so different from) the method used to make the prints of Hiroshige in Japan. The demonstration time will be followed by a tour of the exhibit, a display of Steve Schlussel’s extensive collection of Hiroshige’s prints.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Yester House
Tour of The World Between the Block and the Paper with Patty Hudak. Patty Hudak, a member of the Mokuhanga Sisters print collective and co-organizer of this exhibition, will lead an intimate tour of The World Between the Block and the Paper. The exhibition features over 25 contemporary woodblock printmakers from around the world.

Mokuhanga Stories
Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m., Virtual/Zoom Program*
Free, registration required.
Four contemporary practitioners of mokuhanga (“wood print”) will speak with Alison Crites, SVAC’s Manager of Exhibitions & Interpretive Engagement, about the intimacy and versatility of this ecologically-sound medium. Joining the conversation will be Yoonmi Nam, Jennifer Mack-Watkins, Katsutoshi Yuasa, and April Vollmer, whose work is on view in Yester House as part of the exhibition The World Between the Block and the Paper.

*The Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants on the day of the event.

December 11 at 10:00 am — March 27 at 5:00 pm
10:00 am — 5:00 pm (2551h)

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