The Quarter Mile Print Project
"It's a Family Affair"
The Quarter Mile ‘steam roller print’ project was conceived, organized and directed by artist and printmaker Stephen McKenzie and executed by numerous artist assistants and participants. It sought to become the largest work of printmaking art ever created. The event took place in Newark, NJ last October. Current plans call for McKenzie to demonstrate a small scale version of his unique printmaking technique on May 19th.
McKenzie says, “Just by its nature, printmaking is one of the best forms of sharing an art-making experience. It is a communal process that promotes sharing and learning. The idea for the project was to bring people together for an experience that is playful, fun and best of all, you leave with your handiwork, a print that is an original work of art.”
Aside from its record-breaking goal, the project represents a celebration of collaborative printmaking and a demonstration that traditional artistic mediums remain vibrant and alive. “When you stretch an artistic medium or approach it from a different angle you get some very interesting results,” said McKenzie. “Visitors are going to enjoy the quality and variety of the work on display.”
The monotype is the least technical of printing processes and one that lends itself most readily to public participation. Fundamentally, it is the transference of an image from one surface to another by means of pressure, either by hand or machine. In this case the press was a steamroller. The print itself was composed of many smaller prints, a number of which make up the current exhibition.
Curated by Stephen McKenzie
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May 5th - May 26th 2013
Hours : Saturday and Sundays, 2-5pm
Opening Reception : Sunday May 5th 2-6pm
Meet Stephen and his Steamroller
Outdoor Art Event : May 19th 12-5pm
Meet Stephen McKenzie and his steamroller and help with a fun free art project and enjoy a day out at Springfield Avenue May Fest street fair celebration
Springfield Avenue and Oberlin Street, Maplewood NJ
Paper Donated by Canson
Additional Funding from Newark Arts Council in conjunction with the Open Doors Tour