2017 ‘Pests of Public Importance’ at International Print Center New York

Pests of Public Importanceon view at IPCNY’s New Prints 2017 Winter exhibition

Pests of Public Importance, 2017, edition 126, $100 ($65 pre-publication)
3 x 2.25 inch woodcut and letterpress boustrophedon accordion book
April Vollmer: woodcut
Esther K. Smith: concept, book structure, design
Dikko Faust: letterpress, typesetting
Publisher: Purgatory Pie Press
With an eponymous poem by Georgia Luna Smith Faust
available from Purgatory Pie Press
Dikko Printing on his Vandercook
Also available uncut as a flat print in an edition of 50

For Pests of Public Importance Vollmer worked closely with Esther K. Smith on the idea and structure of a letterpress printed book. The Pests of the title are mosquitoes, carriers of a multitude of diseases beginning with but not ending with zika, yellow fever, dengue and malaria. The importance of these pests has increased exponentially this century because of the combination of transcontinental travel and global warming. There seems to be a mosquito species perfectly evolved for every small ecological niche in the ever more interconnected world. The power of these pests is in their numbers and their power of replication, which is reflected in the woodcut print with its rhythm of insects framed with a repeating classical palmette frieze.

Everything is handmade in this project: the detailed cutting was done with special Japanese tools and a magnifying light; the block was printed with oil-based ink by master letterpress printer Dikko Faust. Georgia Luna Smith Faust’s poem is a perfect compliment to the block print, resulting in a satisfying collaboration that is as elegant as it is disconcerting.

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2016 Rochester Contemporary Art Center

Print Exhibition: Under Pressure  PHOTOS HERE

2015 Narrative Scrolls
April Vollmer’s Narrative Scrolls, 2015, 17 x 52 inches each

Rochester Contemporary Art Center
September 2 – 25, 2016
Opening Reception: September 2, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: September 3, 1pm

Featuring new and recent artworks by:
Ellen Heck, Jenny Robinson, April Vollmer, Heather Swenson

Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple is the first in a new series of collaborations between Rochester Contemporary Art Center and The Print Club of Rochester. Including national and regional artists, this exhibition reflects the ongoing efforts of the Print Club of Rochester to recognize a paradigm shift in how prints are considered and the expansion of the definition of print media.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.

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2016 Newark Public Library Exhibition

Newark Public Library, Impressions of the Natural World 2016
Newark Public Library, Impressions of the Natural World 2016

Impressions of the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Special Collections Division

on view at The Newark Public Library
April 18 – August 6, 2016
EXTENDED TO SEPT 6

On Saturday, May 21, from 2-4pm, the noted mokuhanga artist April Vollmer will present a lecture and demonstration

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of the printing process at the Main Library. Participants will be able to try printing from woodblocks. This lecture/workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Delirious Birds and Bees, 2007, mokuhanga woodcut on washi, 26 x 26 inches
Delirious Birds and Bees, 2007, mokuhanga woodcut on washi, 26 x 26 inches

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