Printmaker Jim Williams sets himself strict limitations of size and color range but proceeds to produce a diverse, intellectually stimulating group of mono-prints for his current Clay Street Press exhibition. His artist’s statement describes the new work in Hybrid Structures as his “search for a visual equivalent to the daily dynamic interplay that occurs between the man-made and the natural environment. Curiosity is a good thing to bring. Aside from “How does he do that?” (Answer: experience and skill, extensive layering, openness to what the artist himself terms “unorthodox materials”), another question might be “What’s going on here?” The eleven new works are landscapes of a sort, veering toward topographic maps, all printed on the same size paper (30-by-44 inches), some presented as horizontals and some as verticals, all described as relief and silkscreen. Hybrid Structures is an exhibition that rewards close attention.
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