current exhibition AT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS
"MILES AND MILES"
PRINTS BY JEFF MUELLER AND KERRI SANCOMB OF DEXTERITY PRESS
JANUARY 13 - MARCH 30, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2 PM - 4 PM
(SNOW DATE SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2 PM - 4 PM)
"Miles and Miles" is an exhibit of prints by Jeff Mueller and Kerri Sancomb of Dexterity Press in New Haven, Connecticut. Mueller says of the exhibit, "We picked pieces that would tell a visual narrative of where we’ve been aesthetically and conceptually throughout the past 20 years." Mueller's prints are letterpress-based, while Sancomb's are photographic, utilizing photomechanical print processes like gum bichromate and Van Dyke brown.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jeff Mueller is a Louisville, Kentucky native and Kerri Sancomb is from Hamden, Connecticut. They met at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990 during their undergraduate studies. Mueller stopped short after just two years, while Sancomb went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking.
After leaving school in 1992, Mueller immersed himself in a life of music and art. His bands (Rodan, June of 44, and Shipping News) toured internationally, and released nearly 20 records on the now defunct Touch and Go Quarterstick imprint. It was the music packaging and ephemera that initially drew his interest in letterpress printmaking.
While completing school, Sancomb focused on photomechanical printmaking techniques and explored a wide range of alternative print processes, including Van Dyke brown and gum bichromate. Her images focus on the body's relationship to its environment—human-made, human deconstructed, nature-made, and imagined.
After relocating to Chicago in 1995, Mueller and Sancomb took jobs with screen print, letterpress, and bookbinding businesses—all of which deepened their skill-set and opened up a wider interest in printmaking and book arts. In 1998, they left Chicago for two years while Sancomb received her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking and book arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. During this time, Mueller worked as a musician, recording four albums and touring extensively in the US, Europe, Australia and the Pacific Rim.
Upon returning to Chicago in 2000, they opened Dexterity Press, taking letterpress jobs for music packaging, fine art editions, wedding announcements, and limited book publications. Kerri also worked in the special collections department at the University of Chicago Joseph Regenstein Library, assisting with the manufacture and execution of exhibits. During Dexterity Press’s first seven years, Mueller also worked in the trades as a faux-finish, decorative house painter.
It wasn’t until 2010, when Sancomb took at a job in the Conservation & Exhibition Services department at Yale University Library, that the print business took a significant creative turn. Having left their mid-western network, she encouraged Mueller to focus heavily on his art during the spaces between paid print jobs at the studio–creating broadsides, art prints and extremely limited edition books. Outside of their normal projects, Mueller has been working on large-scale, sculptural wall pieces comprised of tiled letterpress plates that fit together to form compositions.
Dexterity Press participates in various New Haven open studio events, hosts readings, and offers workshops for those interested in learning the art of letterpress.
More on Dexterity Press by Lucy Gellman of the New Haven Independent, "Dexterity Works to Find the Balance," July 21, 2017
ABOUT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS
The Gallery at Still River Editions has hosted national and regional photographers and artists since 1989. In spring 2011, after a brief hiatus from exhibiting new work, the gallery returned to hosting shows on a quarterly basis. The Gallery's mission is to show traditional and digital prints of photographs and fine artwork, and to be a center of creativity and connection in the Danbury area.
The Gallery at Still River Editions is open during normal business hours 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, and during posted hours for special events. The Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.