Amalgam at PRESS Gallery

PRESS: LetterPRESS as a Public Art Project Gallery will open its next exhibition, “Amalgam,” on Thursday, May 28. This show will feature limited edition artwork by printer and PRESS intern Jonas A. McCaffery, as well as photographs by students in Drury High School’s E3 Academy program.



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McCaffery’s work features the experimental techniques of pressure printing and woodtype collage. The show’s title expresses the inspirations for his work.  “Amalgam is a mixture of mercury and other metals, and I’m really trying to mix what inspires me,” McCaffrey said. “I always find myself coming back to history, science, myth, magic and mystery narratives. It’s a bit of a smorgasbord. When you test with techniques and themes, some things work and some things don’t, which I enjoy discovering.”  The various series of prints include replicated images of the Roman Emperor Nero, abstract images inspired by woodtype printing blocks, fantastical images of the night sky and a challenge against the artist’s own mental isolation. A common theme in the show is mazes, a personal favorite of McCaffery’s. “I go for structure and construction, and I think mazes are interesting because they’re designed to cause confusion and hold secrets. In the show, I ask not only, ‘What is history hiding?’ but ‘What am I hiding?’” McCaffery said.

Along with McCaffery’s work, PRESS will display photographs by the E3 Academy students. Located at Windsor Mill, E3 Academy is a program of Drury High School that is designed for students who are at risk for leaving school. The program features a nontraditional classroom setup and places an emphasis on project-based learning. Each trimester features group and individual projects. The photographs created for “Amalgam” is one such project, and is in response to the question, “Who am I, and how do I fit into the world/North Adams?”

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“Amalgam” will be on display through June 21.

 PRESS: LetterPRESS as a Public Art Project is at 49 Main St. in North Adams, and is a hybrid public art space as a gallery, studio and teaching lab. PRESS is open most days, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

 Learn more about the project at www.letterpressasapublicartproject.wordpress.com, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/letterPRESSaspublicartproject. Email us at letterpress105@gmail.com to schedule a visit, find out more information or learn when our next workshop will be.

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