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Ann Zahn - June 2011

The Gravitational Pull of Memory: Prints by Ann Zahn, June 9 – July 5, 2011

Veteran printmaker and world traveler Ann Zahn creates intricate linoleum cuts and lithographs full of depth and vibrancy that serve as a visual record of her life experiences. These prints evoke all of the senses – not just the visual. Using deeply personal symbols and expressive colors, Zahn’s prints preserve the memories that, like the force of gravity, “keep us grounded.” A solo exhibition of these works will be featured in The Art League Gallery, June 9 – July 5, 2011.

Zahn meets the very physical process of printmaking head-on. She carries linoleum blocks with her around the world so she can sketch on-site. Each block is cut, inked, and pressed by hand. She sometimes creates collages from various prints, layering pieces to create an intricate web of color and line. As a printmaker with over 30 years of experience, Zahn can work with ten or eleven blocks to create a single print. The result is a composition with incredible depth.

Each of the works featured represents a distinct memory. Whether it’s swimming with penguins in the Galapagos, meeting a curious rooster on the beaches of Kaui, or recording scenes from her own fertile gardens, Zahn presents her various adventures through printmaking. These pieces each have their own story to tell, and Zahn’s goal is to find a balance between sharing her experiences and allowing viewers to bring their own perspective to her work.

Zahn holds degrees in psychology from Duke University and painting from The American University, and studied printmaking at Montgomery College. Her body of work encompasses a wide range of printmaking techniques: etching, lithography, woodcut, and linoleum cut are well represented. Zahn began the Printmakers Workshop, which is run out of her home studio, in 1977. Her work is included in both private and public collections, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of American Art.

Exhibit dates: June 9 – July 5, 2011
Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Thursday, June 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm





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