Emily Mason, The Intuitive Print



When the editors for Emily's upcoming monograph A Light in Spring asked if there were any photos of Emily and me working together in my print studio, I searched in old binders and folders and realized there was not one. In over 20 years of printmaking together, it never occured to us to take a photo while producing an archive of hundreds of prints. Expanding upon an innovative printmaking technique the artist Joan Miró pioneered in the 1960s, Emily brushes a carborundum grit and glue matrix on clear Plexiglas plates, providing her unparalleled flexibility in her process, the ability to respond to images unfolding before her. Her approach to printmaking marked by continuous and overlapping activity, starting and finishing, images emerging over weeks, months, years.

Our current exhibit Emily Mason: The Intuitive Print is a selection of works from our collaborative printmaking history. To illuminate Emily's unique approach with transparent plates, color, paper and time, I gathered some unused plates she made back in 2010 and a camera, beginning yet again.


Emily Mason
The Intuitive Print
May 14 - June 14, 2015
Russell Janis
292 Manhattan Avenue (door on Devoe Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Thursday/Friday 1-7pm
Saturday 11-7pm
Sunday 12-6pm
or by appointment, contact: exhibits@russelljanis.com
A selection of prints on view from a twenty-year, Brooklyn-based exploration of printing with carborundum. In conjunction with the artist’s upcoming monograph, “A Light in Spring” by David Ebony and Christina Weyl, for August release.


Emily Mason interview with Phong Bui, Publisher, The Brooklyn Rail at Russell Janis, May 12, 2015
For purchase here, the first book in the series, "The Fifth Element"