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Steve Mumberson: show in Northern Ireland
Combinations exhibition at Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor. Opens Wednesday 9th July 2014.

Stephen Mumberson's work included in 'Combinations', an exhibition at Seacourt Print Workshop

The centre for contemporary printmaking
Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Estate, 8 Balloo Drive,
Bangor (Down) BT19 7QY, Northern Ireland
Exhibition Opening  Wed 9th July 7.00 – 9.00pm
Exhibition runs Wednesday 9th July – Friday August 1st 2014.

 

Combinations brings together a group of artists from New Zealand and the UK with a shared interest in hybrid and intermedial approaches to printmaking and the relationship between established print media and evolving technologies.

When it comes to techniques and processes printmaking has a history of adaptability and versatility – it is one of its fundamental strengths – and printmakers have always adapted their craft in tandem with evolutions in technology, often finding artistic applications where they were not necessarily intended.

Combining traditional methods with developments in digital technology and print in a wider context the artists represented here acknowledge both the historical traditions and the technological advancements.  Their work is not appropriation of technology for technology’s sake but an awareness of the conceptual connections and combinations between the two and includes 3D, video, photopolymer etching and digital prints.

Included artists: Duncan Bullen – Course Leader Fine Art Printmaking University of Brighton. Veronique Chance – Course Leader in the MA Fine Art and MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Johanna Love – Pathway Leader for MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts. Mark Graver – Director Wharepuke Print Studio, Kerikeri, NZ. Stephen Mumberson – Reader in Fine art Printmaking Middlesex University.

 

From Stephen Mumberson's Artist Statement:

The desire to make printed forms into 3D has influenced Stephen Mumberson’s practice for a number of years with early attempts involving the use of relief print and tissue structures.

The availability of several different types of rapid prototyping machines opened up his first chance to draw up a structure in a virtual form and then print the form in layers through a heated inkjet head – line by line, layer by layer. The finest structures could be printed with a support plastic material that was removed by being dissolvable in a chemical bath.

This allowed for a great freedom of invention, formal creation and the further development of ideas. The advancements in 3D print technology allow Mumberson to improvise and collage in a virtual world then print out forms with an open and unpredictable expression influenced by his continued interest in architecture, organic geometry and a desire to stretch print imagery over a sculptural form.

Working with a machine using ABS plastic at Middlesex University Mumberson drew in Solid Works software using a very basic set of rules to construct the 3D Prints.