Two experienced local artists will open a new exhibit Sept. 5-30 at Macy Dorf's Artists on Santa Fe gallery. They describe “3D Piction” as “a collaborative show of clay, printmaking and alternative process digital techniques including photo transfer, laser cutting and 3D printing.”
Dorf and master printmaker Judy Gardner, one of the gallery's member artists, worked together “incorporating Macy's extensive knowledge of clay fabrication techniques and Judy's obsessive collection of digital and traditional printmaking techniques (Tradigital?), the two artists have created a body of both individual and collaborative new works using all these different processes.”
“It's what the show's all about,” Dorf said of his image of a petroglyph from Utah, a photo transfer onto a clay tile, fired and glazed. “The technique was developed by a woman in Boulder. You can put an emulsion on any surface and can transfer an image.
“Judy creates monoprints on flat slabs of clay, put into molds and shaped, such as images of petroglyphs.”
Gardner will also have images etched on clear plastic with a laser, and she makes Solar Plate intaglio prints. She teaches at Regis University and has taught 3D animation and digital image manipulation at the Art Institute of Colorado and Metropolitan State University.
She is an initiated shaman and is pursuing a degree in transpersonal psychology. Her spiritual interests appear in her layered imagery, and she has been involved in larger projects, such as murals at Regis, although she is primarily a printmaker.
Dorf has been a ceramic artist for 40 years and creates both functional pieces and one-of-a-kind sculptures. He graduated from Southern Illinois University and was, with Larry Wright, one of the original Two Potters in a longtime Littleton Main Street business, now closed. He lived and worked in France and returned to Colorado as a production potter in Durango.
When he moved back to Denver he began working in what is now Artists on Santa Fe — a gallery and cluster of individual studios which he owns. It was there, his website says, that he began making his distinctive sculptures. He said his series exploring the human form is called “Attitudes.” His “Ruins” series reflects time spent in Utah's red rocks country and uses pictographs painted on larger surfaces, which led to the photo image on clay in the present show.
If you go:
Artists on Santa Fe is located at 747 Santa Fe Drive, in Denver's Arts District. The “3D Piction” exhibit will run from Sept. 5-30. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. (Open later on first Fridays.) 303-573-5903.