We are excited to announce the next art show at the Alite Outpost in the Scott Ellsworth Gallery. “Being and Somethingness” is an exhibition of new work by James Tucker of The Aesthetic Union. The show will feature a series of limited edition letterpress prints inspired by legendary natural landmarks in California. With this series, Tucker sought to record his own experience of six inspiring destinations: Bolinas, Bishop, Donner Pass, Joshua Tree, Big Sur, and Sibley. Steeped in history and personal mythologies, these natural areas are household names in California and beyond. The opening reception for the show will feature a custom soundtrack created and performed by DJ Wrong Way.
“Being in these places and observing the sky, flora, and topography I started with gestural ink washes and dozens of photographs of the sky at different points of the day. Back in my studio I mixed inks to replicate the sky gradients and ran split fountain linoleum block letterpress prints. The topography of each location was then embedded into the paper with no ink, leaving a blind impression. Lastly, the ink washes were made into halftone plates and printed in another pass riding across the sky plate.” - James Tucker
Founded in 2013 by James Tucker and Risa Culbertson, The Aesthetic Union is a letterpress retail & print shop that specializes in custom designs and limited edition collaborations with local artists.
When: Thursday October 22nd from 6 - 9 pm
Where: 3376 18th Street
What: James Tucker of the Aesthetic Union showing “Being and Somethingness