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Dwight Pogue
Lithographs
July 5th - August 8th, 2015

Opening reception 2 pm
Sunday, July 5th

Dwight Pogue, Smith College Professor of Art, teaches printmaking and drawing. As a Fulbright recipient, he taught at the Bradford College of Art and Technology in England from 1975-77. He is founder/director of the Smith College Print Workshop, which has brought noted artists to Smith to collaborate with master printers in producing limited edition prints since 1984.

For three decades he has collaborated with students to conduct research and test new materials and techniques for fine art printmaking. His book, Printmaking Revolution, New Advancements in Technology, Safety, and Sustainability (2012, Watson-Guptill), features many of his students as well as work by visiting noted artists as they collaborated with master printers who were assisted by students during the annual Smith College Print Workshops. 
 Pogue actively exhibits his work in national and international invitational and juried print exhibitions and has work in various print collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Japan Print Association (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo).

Dwight Pogue’s Prints by Christine Swenson, former Print and Drawing Director, Toledo Museum of Art:
"Lithography is inherently a draughtsman’s medium, and Dwight Pogue exploits the techniques that record calligraphic intensity. His lithographs are a riot of energy and color. Using photography for basic studies of plant forms, he translates this focused documentation to the printing surface and elaborates the rhythms and movement of nature as a composer might explore a theme. With obvious enthusiasm for the activity of gesture he uses and re-uses the bits of tendrils and leaves developed through a complex repetition of forms as visual equivalents for kinetic energy, building a frenzy of activity over the entire surface. Energy is palpable in his hand printed lithographs. The petals of the flowers themselves provide the stasis. Their solid forms are the antithesis to the turbulence around them. They are the calm anchors of the image, but by their very contrast with the background in shape and color they heighten the overall sense of energy. Pogue builds up the surface with the repetition of gesture and form, creating compositional rhythms that electrify the surface.

"There is a dream like quality to many of Pogue’s images. They are both unsettling an compelling, conjuring visceral moods and emotions. The effects he achieves in these splendid lithographs are frequently voluptuously surreal; the forms he creates engagingly seductive. He has transformed the traditional flower piece into a uniquely personal and modern expressive statement."
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