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Paul Roden & Valerie Rueth:Tugboat Printshop

Carol Schlosberg Gallery

March 10, 2015 - April 4, 2015

Artist Talk: March 13, 11:30a-12:30p

Events Hotline
978.921.4242 x3

Gallery Hours
Mon. – Thurs. 10 am – 5 pm
Fri. 10 am – 1 pm

Montserrat College of Art is excited to welcome Pittsburgh-based Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth, the husband and wife team behind Tugboat Printshop. Since 2006, Tugboat has created contemporary artwork using traditional printmaking techniques. Roden and Lueth create work that seem other-worldly. Giant moths with intricately patterned wings, a moon against a star clustered, intergalactic sky. Anything is possible is you can imagine it- and Tugboat delightfully does.

Handmade from original images, carved out of wood and printed onto paper, Tugboat prides their practice on using age-old printmaking techniques employed by artisans for centuries. “Our exact methods have evolved through our practice, always maintaining a high standard of quality.We rely on handicraft & artisan skill in every stage of development,” explain Roden and Lueth. Maintaining authentic printmaking techniques in critical in Tugboat’s methodical, multi-step process. And original image is drawn directly on birch plywood, first in pencil and then in pen. The images are then carved in low relief and brushed with oil-based ink. With pressure, alike a stamp, the final print is made by running hand-cut paper through a printing press.

Each completed print exudes energy; gestural, vibrant moments of energy. “Valley” (2014), captures a liminal moment before dawn. As a hawk glides behind a “V” of birds in the lower left-hand corner, the sky sweeps right to left, creating concentric semi-circle formations, each of a different color (light blue, violet, magenta, yellow). Beneath the assortment of hues, a lush valley fills the lower third of the composition. Following the same semicircle shape as the sky above, the valley sustains life of baby seedlings and evergreens beneath the gradient sky.

Paul Roden was born & raised in Nashville, TN. Paul got his BFA from Washington University, St. Louis in 2001 and, later in 2004, his MFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Valerie Lueth is a South Dakota prairie gal, born in Iowa and raised in rural Humboldt and Hartford, SD. Valerie received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion in 2004.