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Fishing With Paper & Ink
November 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nature Prints by Dwight Hwang & Eric Hochberg
Art Exhibit Opening and Artists’ Wine & Cheese Reception – FREE!
SBMM Members Only 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Non SBMM Members 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Sponsored by: Mimi Michaelis, June Outhwaite Charitable Trust, Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, and the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is excited to announce its upcoming fall art exhibit, Fishing with Paper & Ink, featuring the work of two outstanding nature printing artists—Eric Hochberg and Dwight Hwang—and West Coast species of fishes and other marine animals.
The objective of nature printing is to express the essence of nature through the medium of paper or cloth and ink. The simple elegance of common subjects is preferred. Whether leaf, shell, crab or fish, each plant or animal has its own unique texture, shape, and energy. By isolating the subject in the negative space on a sheet of paper this signature can be identified. The results are Zen-like renderings that praise the diversity and beauty of nature. Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese method of nature printing that uses fishes, sea creatures, or similar subjects as ‘printing plates’ in its process. Dating back to the mid-1800s, it was used by fishermen in Japan to record their catches, and it is still utilized today. There are various approaches to nature printing. The direct method of nature printing involves applying ink directly to the surface of the fish or other subject to be printed. Paper is then placed over the inked subject and rubbed by hand to transfer the ink to the paper and create the art work. This hands-on method to transfer the ink allows the artist to feel not only the shape but the texture of the fish. In the indirect method, ink is dabbed onto the surface of thin damp paper molded over the surface of the fish or other subject. In both methods, eyes—and sometimes fine details—are painted in later.