Boulder’s 15th Street Studio co-owner, Steve Grant of Lyons, is privileged to collaborate with Lyons-based Shark’s Ink. for 15th Street Studio’s upcoming contemporary art exhibition. The show, titled “Asian Influences” opens at 15th Street Studio (1708 15th Street) on Saturday, May 14, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. It runs through June 30.
15th Street Studio has enjoyed a 25-year working relationship with Shark’s Ink, one of the most prestigious and respected printers of contemporary art. Master Printer Bud Shark invites some of the world’s finest artists to print lithographs, woodcuts, and monoprints at his workshop in the foothills just above downtown Lyons. Oftentimes the artist arrives at Shark’s Ink with an idea of what to do; this idea then combines with Bud Shark’s unparalleled printing skills and strong artistic sense to create a flawlessly beautiful print. The result of 30 years of working with a host of some of the most respected artists in the country, is Shark’s impressive body of prints.
Late in 2010, while Grant was browsing through this already familiar body of work, he began to look at it from a new perspective. Struck by how many of the pieces seemed to have an overwhelming Asian influence, Grant, together with Shark, began the curation of “Asian Influences,” an exhibition that includes more than 20 prints from Shark’s print archive, with the unifying connection of their influence by the traditions of Asia.
“I am just so pleased by this incredible show”, says Grant. “We have put together an exhibition that, in my opinion, has never been done, outside a museum, in this area. It includes work by some of the most renowned artists on the contemporary art scene. We have included, as an example, prints that take Betty Woodman’s iconic ceramic sculptures and place them in a context where they are no longer 3 dimensional objects; rather they dance with joy in the media of woodcut, lithograph and monoprint.
Also included is the work of Robert Kushner, who has earned a place in art history for being a major player in the Pattern and Decorative movement (P and D) of the 70’s in New York. Kushner’s stunningly beautiful images of huge chrysanthemums and cherry branches add a richness to the show. And then there’s work by tattoo artist, Don Ed Hardy. His childhood fascination with tattoos has evolved into spectacular lithographs of iconic tattoo imagery.
Grant says, “For the invitation we chose ‘The Perception of Time II,” a monotype by Enrique Chagoya. All I want to say about this piece is that we think it poses lots of questions. The striking image of a large red Buddha on its side is the perfect piece to make one ponder the deep rich mysteries of Asia.”