NCE_001: Structure and Surface
No Coast Editions #1 is the first in a series of curated editions (or as we have been calling them, issues) of artists’ multiples and prints. Our premiere issue, organized around the theme “Structure and Surface,” is available now and features work by Ira Yonemura, Daniel Luedtke and Alex Chitty.
The theme of "Structure and Surface" runs through the different works via tropes of flatness and architecture, as well as investigations into how we navigate through spaces that are as much physical as they are emotional or perceptual.
Alex Chitty, "Untitled"
eight double-sided offset prints on gloss paper in a hand-cut folder, 8 x 8"
Many of Alex Chitty’s 2-D compositions integrate whimsical combinations of found materials (often studio scraps) and leisure imagery (flowers, palm trees, exotic feathers). Casual references to the mundane processes of digital photography, such as trippy scanning effects and remnants of the digital workspace, add a sort of Max-Ernst-as-office-clown vibe to the visual narrative. However, Chitty’s humor is tempered with impeccable composition as well as a uniquely sculptural approach. Her use of wrapping, ripping, folding, dangling, encasing, and other odd deployments of display structures complicate our viewing experience, and sometimes propel the works out of the realm of photography — but still leave them hanging on with an almost-invisible, yet unbroken thread.
For No Coast Editions, we present a collection of 8 double-sided offset prints from Chitty, disguised as magazine tear-outs from an otherworldy scrapbook. The prints come in a handmade folder with windows.
Alex Chitty, individual print sample from "Untitled"
Daniel Luedtke, "Sensory Integration Therapy"
Eight offset prints on vellum and pale gray stock in hand-screenprinted folder, 16 x 10.5"
Much of Daniel Luedtke’s recent work investigates the “neutral” surfaces of gallery, studio and home - walls, frames, corners, windows, lights, and mirrors. These non-spaces and empty containers for objects, people, or images are recast as an abstracted site of physical longing and political tension. Through the repeated folding and overlapping of the picture plane and uncomfortable, often harsh juxtapositions of materials, a host of weird feelings and textures emerge.
For his No Coast Edition, Luedtke presents a core sample of his studio production and concerns of the past year. The work is a compilation of layered prints, depicting narratives of cooperation, ritual, and creation. The eight prints are collected in an artist designed screen-printed portfolio.
Daniel Luedtke, "Staged Painting" from 'Sensory Integration Therapy'
Ira Yoneumura, "Noon"
Six offset prints in a hand-screenprinted folder and textured fabric carrying case, 14 x 10.5"
The modernist influence on Yonemura’s work is clear, with an attention to strict geometry, pure color fields, and sharp edges. However, his arrangements of icons, shapes, and text defy overbearing art-historical dogma and purity in favor for creating a pictorial space of poetics, comic narrative, and tenderness on a humanly relatable scale.
For this edition, we are offering a collection of 6 of Yonemura’s geometric works in offset, bundled in a hand-screenprinted folder and a fabric carrying case.
Ira Yonemura, individual print sample from "Noon"