Monday, October 17, 2011

Alison Filley expands the parameters of traditional printmaking in the Mid America Print Council 2011 Fall Members' show

Alison Filley's "Beyonce" multi-media print at the Mid America Print Council's 2011 Fall Members' Show is 'something else'. Printed onto flocked fabric, and applying silkscreen to more fabric with glitter,  this sumptuous decorative artifact has taken to task and turned on its ear the notion that prints are only flat, two-dimensional pieces. Filley makes a bold departure from the tried and true methods of silkscreen and flat, embossed surfaces of intaglio, and collage in general. Her rich textures are surely candy for the eyes. The only thing is, what commentary is the print actually making? If there is a reference to the singer Beyonce, it's not transparent what that message may be, yet the departure is a welcome one, and will be enjoyed by those able to see it.  Through January 6, 2012 at Kindlon Hall, 2nd floor, Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd., Lisle, IL. Contact: for more information on this and other upcoming exhibitions.

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