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International Print Center NY: For the love of pen, paper and pulp

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So what is a print? Here, we're not really talking about a giclee - a scanned image pumped out of a computer and sold as a "fine art reproduction." You can think of a giclee as a high-class poster with prices ranging anywhere from $25 to $250 and more, and though it can be legitimately employed by artists - especially digital artists - as the medium of execution for their work, it can also be inflicted on unsuspecting buyers who think they are getting something "original".
Read this hilariously disturbing article about being an "Art Target" by Alan Bamberger.
According to the useful glossary on the IPCNY site: 
Technically, a print is any image that is transferred from a matrix. A matrix is a physical surface that can be manipulated to hold ink. Most, though not all, matrices are able to print the same image many times.



It's the hands-on process we're talking here. At Kate Holoka's new studio, I saw the young artist's investment in her own…

Matt Straub: I'm Hit, But I Think I Can Make It: Lyons Wier Gallery

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RIGHT NOW, it couldn't be more politically incorrect for me to "like" this exhibition. Congresswomen Gabrielle Gifford lies breathing through a tube somewhere in Tucson, recovering from a point-blank gunshot wound to the head. Pro and anti-gun squabbles are loud and vocal. Psychoanalysis is the discipline of the day, as authorities try to work out how to spot nutjobs before they crack.
So, it's with great trepidation that I dare even blog about this show, although the vivid poster-like images sitting in the large window of Lyon's Weir gallery caught my eye long before the tragic incident.
Matt Straub hails from Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he "spent his early years hitchhiking and hopping freight trains across the western states," according to the Lyons Weir press release. He now lives in hipsterville Brooklyn, NYC, but it's tantalizing to know that the artist has a swaggering background to match the theme he paints. The press release goes on better tha…