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White on Black: The Modernist Prints of Paul Landacre

Smoke Tree Ranch.

You almost whittled off your finger that time in high school when your printmaking class had you carving into wooden blocks. And that was just to make an engraving of your zodiac sign. Paul Landacre takes printmaking to a whole new level in his black and white prints from hand-carved wooden blocks. Instead of the traditional technique of black lines on a white background, Landacre flipped the process to produce white lines on a black background, and thus a much moodier print. Go see the 25 prints that make up the exhibit on one of the most important printmakers of the 20th century and see first-hand how the carefully selected hand-sanded wood and meticulous engravings come together for highly detailed prints, which mostly depict Southern Californian landscapes.

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