319A North 11th Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
June 5 – June 27, 2009
Opening: Friday June 5th, 7-11pm
AHN|VHS is pleased to present an exhibition of sketch books by Bill McRight.
Primarily a printmaker working in linoleum block and silkscreen, McRight’s work is known for its extreme intricacy and for his bold, often absurd figures. These sketchbooks are McRight’s place for character and concept development, as well as impulsive composition. The figures in his books are drawn and redrawn with altered and increasingly exaggerated gestures and features, interspersed with pages of striking painterly abstraction and bursts of free associative text or overheard phrases. There seems to be a narrative at work, although the books leave no conclusion but to continue to another page. It is rare that McRight takes a figure directly from one of these books for use in a print; these forms are composed on impulse and are made to retain that immediacy. This looseness of gesture and experimentation with material is a surprising contrast to the rigid sculpting of forms in McRight’s prints and linoleum cuts.
AHN|VHS will produce a limited edition reproduction of one of these sketch books to accompany the exhibition.
Bill McRight is a printmaker working primarily in silkscreen and linoleum or wood block. In 2005 he received an MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. His prints have been published by Cannonball Press. He lives in Philadelphia and is a current member of Space 1026. This is the first exhibition of Bill McRight’s books since his 2005 MFA thesis exhibition.
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Gallery owners Julianne Ahn and Lauren van Haaften-Schick are Philadelphia-based artists and arts professionals.
In addition to monthly exhibitions, AHN|VHS features a growing inventory of works on paper and editions in all media in our flat file and on our store shelves. All artwork is available for viewing and for sale in the gallery and on our website www.ahnvhs.com.
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