In our first exhibit of the new year, we are very pleased to present the work of esteemed San Francisco printmakers, Carrie Ann Plank and Ellen Markoff. Both artists credit the influence of the natural world in their work, pushing the boundaries of printmaking; using traditional and experimental techniques. There is a strong but pleasing contrast in the works created, making for an interesting dialogue between the two.
Carrie Ann Plank focuses on visual portrayals of information systems. She works with many layers of data visualization from charting to mathematical equations, to scientific principles. She combines emergent technologies, such as CNC routers and laser cutters, with traditional hand carving and mixed by eye applied inks.
Ellen Markoff works primarily in Monotype, creating unique one of a kind, hand pulled prints. Evocative of the natural world and the forces that shape it, her process of applying various media directly to the plate yields visceral imagery that is spontaneous, layered, transparent and textural.