Fullerton artists come to Pomona
Posted May 15, 2009
Rafael Anguiano
Dewitt Smith and Gia Gaglio learn from Will Andersen the process by which the prints at the “Multiple Originals” exhibit i57 Underground were made. The show opened will run until June 27. Gallery 57 is located at 300 S. Thomas Street, Unit C, in Pomona.

Lauryl Bakke
Staff Writer

Beeswax and carving is just a part of what was used to create artwork on display in the new “Multiple Originals 2009” exhibit.

The work created by 14 artists is on display at the 57 Underground gallery in Pomona.

All of the art on display falls into the category of printmaking.

The displays include the finished art pieces and the die cuts of the pieces along side them.

“They cover the metal in bees wax then carve the image they want into it, next they fill the grooves with acid to burn the image onto the metal with the beeswax keeping the non-carved areas covered,” George Anderson, Claremont resident and gallery assistant, said.

“Once the acid is drained they roll ink over the image as if they were painting a house, they cover the image with paper, put it through a press and out comes the image,” Anderson said.

There were metal and wooden transfers.

Detailed images were carved in the wood and then covered in ink and put through a press to create some of the art.

Some visitors at the exhibit viewed the images for several minutes then came back for more.

One visitor tried to understand how the process of creating the art was done.

“I keep coming back to certain pieces because I just can’t wrap my brain around how much detail is in the image and how it is all meticulously carved then transferred,” Chris Witte, a Pomona resident, said.

There were 49 pieces that ranged from images of African women, to animals, to scrolls with multiple Aztec images.

Each piece on display used several different mediums and transfers.

One piece was a series of four nearly five-foot pieces that portrayed the four riders of the apocalypse.

The images that were carved into wood transfers with particular detail showed the biblical, medieval and modern man’s revelation of his self destruction.

The images were of men on horses.

One man depicted death, another man depicted war and two more depicted pestilence and famine.

Another group of pieces by artist Thomas Stubbs was centered around chimpanzees and Charles Darwin’s ideas about evolution.

They were transfers on copper plates and they had other colors in addition to the copper in the background.

All of the artists in the show were alumni of California State University in Fullerton.

All of the artists received their master’s of fine arts degrees from Cal State Fullerton and they have done several shows together.

One of the artists and the host of the exhibit, Barbara McLaughlin, said that her piece titled “Erebus” was difficult to complete.

“It is very difficult to print, to achieve it. I had to use acid and liquid sauter,” McLaughlin said. “Let’s just say it took months to finish, more than half a semester.”

The “Multiple Originals 2009” exhibit is on display until June 27 at the 57 Underground Gallery, located in the Pomona Arts Colony.

The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and noon to 9 p.m. the second and last Saturday of every month.

For more information, visit www.57underground.com.

Lauryl Bakke can be reached at lauryl.bakke@laverne.edu.

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