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Steve Mumberson's upcoming group shows
August 2013, UK and New Zealand

Steve Mumberson participates in Parallel Prints

The concept behind Parallel Prints is to present the same exhibition simultaneously in the UK and New Zealand.

Using the uniqueness of the reproducible print allows for the same works to be viewed at the same time on opposite sides of the world.  This highlights the democratic nature of printmaking and questions the aura of the unique.  Which venue is showing the ‘real’ work?  Which the reproduction?

Curated and coordinated by Mark Graver in NZ, Parallel Prints  features the work of 12 diverse artists presented in a portfolio set with 12 framed prints for hanging.

Each artist has contributed one work on 300 x 300mm paper (see image below) in an edition of 36 and the writer and critic Richard Noyce has written an introductory note for the exhibition. The Kent Print Collection (Kent University) and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (Oxford University) have acquired a set of twelve prints for their permanent collection.

Parallel Prints will be exhibited in New Zealand at Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, a gallery that specialises in exhibitions by international printmakers and international print exchange programmes and at Ian Rastrick Fine Art, St.Albans, UK during August.  The UK show opens on Aug 9th.

In the UK venue there will be a QR code that links to a video recording of the Wharepuke exhibition allowing the audience to encounter both exhibitions at once.  It is also planned to have live web video streaming of the New Zealand exhibition available.

The portfolio will be presented to the Impact 8 international printmaking conference in Dundee on 31 August and will also be going to France for exhibition.

The V&A Museum has already agreed to take a set into its collection.

Steve Mumberson on ADRI