Printmaking was one of the very first replication technologies and is now poised, as it integrates digital media and expands its conceptual borders, to occupy a pivotal position in contemporary art and culture.
-Southern Graphics Council, 2007
In 1983, a group of Richmond-based artists and teachers began organizing collective exhibitions and projects with the intention of introducing the expressive possibilities of various printmaking media to a broader audience. More than thirty artists now comprise the group known collectively as ONE/OFF, a name that emphasizes a shared interest in innovative approaches to printmaking. The technical and aesthetic concerns of the members are diverse and represent a wide range of singular and combined techniques.
Over the years, ONE/OFF works have been exhibited nationally, internationally, and throughout Virginia as a part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Statewide Exhibitions Program. This suite of prints was produced in 2005. Like the group’s other portfolios, this set is linked by a common thread – in this instance, the 8 x 10 inch size of the original paper. Beyond that commonality, these twenty-two prints display the versatility and wealth of imagery obtainable with the print media, as well as the creativity and varied interests of the ONE/OFF artists.
ONE/OFF Printmakers: 8 x 10 is part of Old Dominion/New Perspectives, a series of exhibitions and programs focusing on the American South traveling throughout Virginia with generous support from Philip Morris U.S.A. and The Council of VMFA. It is available for statewide travel through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts