Nicholas Gottlund’s relationship with printing is a rich and personal history dating back six generations. Considering, Gottlund’s exhibition title Always, which comes from a previous book the artist made called Printing Always Printing could not be more apt. In Printing Always Printing Gottlund experiments with crops and enlargements of a book called Farming Always Farming that his family printed in the early 80’s for the Pennsylvania German Society. The large 40”x30” and 60”x45” silkscreen prints in the exhibition are further crops and enlargements of those selections in Printing Always Printing. The works are printed on tan Bristol board that is commonly used to make archival storage boxes for libraries, which Gottlund did for a summer job while working at his college’s library.
The most recent works in the exhibition are a group of ”x72” aluminum strips that are wrapped in multiple sections of colored book cloth. Gottlund calls these works Spanners and he hangs them 24” high along the gallery walls below the large black and white silkscreen prints. The Spanners sit on the surface of the wall akin to the way color bars sit on the surface of an offset print. They occupy a space that can be seen but is considered outside of the margins of the works or architectural elements of the wall. The works in this exhibition further explore his deep history and relationship with printing which he first discovered with his family, later his college experience, and now his experience as an independent book publisher.
Printing Always Printing (Herb Garden)
Printing Always Printing (Summer Kitchen)
Printing Always Printing (Reurn Address)
Printing Always Printing (Scarecrow)
Printing Always Printing (Outhouse)
Printing Always Printing (Cold Frame)
Printing Always Printing ( Root Cellar)
Spanner 1 (install)
Spanner 2 & Spanner 3 (install)
Spanner 4 (install)