ALLENTOWN, Pa. - For three decades Durham Press in Bucks County has been a major player in the international art scene. The press has collaborated with celebrated artists to create captivating works of art.
Now you can see some of that work at the Allentown Art Museum.
It could be the most eclectic and colorful showing of a single discipline. Color and Complexity: 30 years at Durham Press showcases the creative history of the internationally known Bucks County print maker and its collaboration with big-name artists.
"Work that is in some cases traditional print making media, but often times really unorthodox and fascinating methods," said Elaine Lucks with the museum.
Methods like James Nares using road paint machines to create prints and Michael Heizer's stretching and stapling paper over rocks or incorporating heavy equipment.
Jean-Paul Russell and his wife Ann Marshall are the owners of Durham Press. The couple says over the years hundreds of artists have come to the studio-some with specific ideas-but others experiment only to get lost in the creative process.
"Generally the magic happens while they’re in the studio collaborating with print makers who have the technical ability the equipment and the expertise to help them come up with amazing projects," Marshall said.
Among the projects featured in the show are Beatriz Milhazes Salt from the Rose Gold Series, Jacob Hashimoto's 96 piece Index, and Chitra Ganesh's interpretation of a 1903 story called Lady Land.
Color and complexity opens Sunday and runs through May 3.