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SHY RABBIT Print National features work by Matt Rebholz

Don’t miss the SHY RABBIT Print National: a National Juried Exhibition, on display through Saturday, Oct. 10.

This groundbreaking, juried exhibition features 72 finely-crafted limited edition prints by 30 nationally recognized printmakers and art educators hailing from 20 states.

The works on display are comprised of a diverse selection of etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, intaglios, silk-screens, book-art and engravings, among others.

Three intriguing intaglios with chine collé by Texas printmaker Matt Rebholz are featured in the Print National, titled “The Golem: Chapter IV, VII and XI.”

“My work is rooted in a tradition of figuration that explores a narrative sensibility laden with a combination of violence, mordant humor, and social consciousness,” states Rebholz. “The little worlds that result from this equation appear in claustrophobic compositions overwhelmed my the detail of an elaborate density.

“They are the stage for vignettes that play themselves out in mundane environments infused with an atmosphere of the mythic and theatrical. These spaces tend to be warped, claustrophobic and stressful, with densely patterned carpets and tiling twisting improbable angles.”

Rebholz received his BFA in printmaking and drawing from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., in 2000. He earned his MFA in printmaking from the University of Texas, Austin.

“My current body of work is a series of intimately scaled etchings inspired by the tale of the Golem, a figure from Jewish folklore,” says Rebholz. “The Golem is a Frankenstein-esque creature; an artificial man neither dead nor alive who is subject to the whims of those around him.

“The narrative arc of these prints is a re-imagining of the 1915 Gustav Meynink novel Der Golem, in which the title character wanders the streets of a corrupt and ruined city, blissfully unaware that he is a malfunctioning meat robot and not a man.

“As the Golem project has run its course, it has deviated significantly from the original narrative, becoming increasingly concerned with ideas of consumption, ingestion and expulsion. Things go into, out of and through gluttonous characters that lay in and among their leavings.”

“Still, the golem as a archetype is interesting to me for a variety of reasons. He serves as an everyman who has been stripped of individuality or meaningful freedoms by the mechanics of civilization.

“The prints are subject to literary posturing, deploying metaphor, symbol and allegory into an environment of mystery and malice. This environment is a reflection of the aspects of our civilization as a whole that I find interesting, disturbing and amusing.

“It seems that life in early 21st century America is about one step away from slipping into a darkly comic surreal dystopia, and it is this sensation that permeates the atmosphere of the work.”

Rebholz’ work has been featured in dozens of group and invitational exhibitions throughout the country, as well as a number of portfolio exchanges. His prints are also included in the collections of the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, Kenosha, Wisc.; and the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Mo.

Juror Michael D. Barnes currently serves as associate professor of art and head of the printmaking program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, where he has taught since 1998.

The 30 printmakers selected by Barnes for inclusion in the SHY RABBIT Print National are: Tom Baker, N.J.; Daniel Britton, Ariz.; Deborah Bryan, Tenn.; Adrian Chin, Penn.; Deborah Cornell, Mass.; Andrew DeCaen, Texas; James Ehlers, Kans.; Brandon Gardner, Ala.; Christie Ginanni, Colo.; Jon Goebel, S.C.; Karla Hackenmiller, Ohio; Nicole Hand, Ky.; Rachel E. Heberling, Ohio; Dusty Herbig, N.Y.; Yuji Hiratsuka, Ore.; Ivy King, Colo.; Philip Laber, Mo.; Mike McMann, Wis.; David Moyer, Penn.; Kelly Nelson, Va.; Kathryn Polk, Ariz.; Matt Rebholz, Texas; Amy Schmierbach, Kans.; Jason Shoemaker, Tenn.; Jason Stamper, Mo.; Stephanie Standish, Wis.; Mike Stephens, Texas; Juergen Strunck, Texas; Brad Widness, Minn.; and Melinda Yale, N.Y.

SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually, showcasing the work of emerging and nationally recognized artists from throughout the country.

The 4,000 square-foot arts center and gallery is located “off the beaten path” in a wooded commercial district on the west end of town. SHY RABBIT houses a fine art gallery, ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition space.

Educational workshops are also offered year-round in ceramics, printmaking, Photoshop, photography and artist development courses instructed by professional artist and SHY RABBIT Creative Director D. Michael Coffee.

SHY RABBIT is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766. For more information on exhibitions, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.