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Future Imperfect: Young Printmakers League 2016
Ang Ying Xian, Fyon Cheong, Mary Bernadette Lee, Michelle Lim,
Ying Tong Tan, Odelia Tang, André Wee and Winnie Yip
4 June 2016 - 18 June 2016 (Reception: 3 June 2016)
The Young Printmakers League Mentorship Programme had its open call in December 2015. The response was over-whelming and we received more than a hundred applicants vying for the six places allocated in the programme.
With advance technologies, computer softwares and digital printers can do a better job in printing better and perfect pictures. However, this programme is not about learning how to print pretty pictures. For printmaking to survive as an art form, we have to inject new ideas and push our boundaries to create prints beyond its traditional method in this changing world we live in. Printmaking has survived today not in spite of, but because of its imperfection. Our programme encourages one to break some rules of printmaking.
The selected apprentices went through a series of workshops on various techniques of printmaking. In the process, they have to conceptualise what they would like to work on after these workshops. Throughout the programme, the apprentices were encouraged to explore new ideas and experiment new ways of printing. They have to look for unconventional ways of printing and materials to print on, without losing focus on their original intention.
This exhibition showcases works by the first batch of Young Printmakers League. These works were created during the five months mentorship programme under Joseph Chiang of Monster Gallery.