QCA print archive


print culture @ QCA
is a response to the critical discourse that now actively informs
and shapes the medium of print in contemporary art practice.

As an academic discipline print culture embraces the production, distribution, reception and evaluation of the printed mark, both image and text. This includes contemporary artists’ employment of prints and print practices.

The 1990’s held considerable scrutiny for academic printmaking communities across the globe. Criticism, such as Australia’s Charles Green made in his 1992 essay Art as printmaking: The deterritorialised print, over the “empty shells” of traditional conventions held by printmakers who “have often resisted realignment of the discourse of printmaking in order to conform to the demands of connoisseurship and the museum” questioned the broad crediblity of the discipline as a fine art medium at that time. The response to that criticism, while measured, has developed a formidable momentum. Prints and print practices are now understood as a discipline with a unique vocabulary that artists are articulately employing to critically engage contemporay issues and discourse.

The success of this response is made evident in research centres, events and publications such as; the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), Philagrafika 2010, The IMPACT conferences, Philagrafika’s Working States Project, the journals Art in Print and the Blue Notebook and Ruth Pelzer-Montada’s Perspectives on contemporary printmaking: Critical writing since 1986. Within this response the relationship between fine art practice and print culture, (an academic discipline in its own right) is attracting increasing attention, providing more surfaces and textures over which the critical discourse can move.

Print culture at Quensland College of Art is the most recent iteration of the printmaking programs taught at the art school. The range of autographic printmaking techniques that QCA’s printmaking studios are nationally recognised for continue to play a primary role in the print culture being fostered at QCA. These include the foundational techniques of Relief, Intaglio, Lithography and Silk Screening. The studios also support Artists Books, Papermaking and a diverse engagement with Digital technologies such as Laser Engraving. Another vital aspect of QCA’s print culture are the higher degree research students working in the print studios. The diversity and intensity of their studio research generate a strong dynamic at QCA.

image above - limited edition poster for abbe 2017, Michael Phillips & Tim Mosely


... dc3p is a contemporary fine art publishing project associated with the print program at Queensland College of Art. Framed within print culture and haptic aesthetics the venture supports studio research into artists book practices and autographic printmaking.

artists books @ dc3p

… the emergence of artists books in the twentieth century as a medium that engages the breadth of our senses was underpinned by collaborative practice between poets, artists and designers within print culture. This intersection between the fields of fine art, literature and design facilitated by the printed book continues to attract interest across the creative arts. Responding to the fields emerging critical discourse a research focus on books by artists textured by 'the haptic'  has been established at dc3p. This focus embraces the production, reception and evaluation of artists books within the antipodes. In keeping with the haptic, the nature of the focus is dynamic, responding to the surfaces of the field.

To date those surfaces include;

the abbe events (artists books brisbane event)
these have featured a conference, artists book fairs and exhibitions,

the publication of peer reviewed articles/essays academic papers from the abbe events have been published in The Journal of Artists' Books,
 JAB39 ,   JAB42 ,   JAB43

the pinch - the development of a peer review collective supporting critical discourse on artists book practice,

the codex events - a series of collaborative publishing events and masterclasses featuring invited and visiting artists or scholars,

exhibitions - national & international, featuring books and prints by artists ,

advances in studio techniques, including
pulp printing - & fine papermaking techniques

other epicentres of artists book research dc3p has links with include:

Centre for Fine Print Research
Journal of Artists Books
The Codex Foundation
Bibliotheca Liborum Apud Artificem
centre for the artist book at Grahame Galleries + Editions
State Library of Queensland
silverwattle bookfoundry
the NERAM Museum of Printing
The Centre for Material Texts

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