January 14 – March 4, 2022
End Grain: The Displaced Shadow
Crown Point Press
20 Hawthorne Street San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Crown Point Press presents an exhibition of new photogravures by Bay Area artist/photographer Catherine Wagner. She completed her first project with Crown Point Press in the fall of 2021. Wagner is known for her observation and documentation of inanimate objects in series. She is interested especially in our collective history and the evidence of time’s passage and how culture is revealed through language and architecture. For her project at Crown Point she chose to work with small blocks of wood with their ends cut to emphasize the grain. “These elemental shapes serve as basic architectural gestures; foundational pieces constructed to define shape, space, and volume,” Wagner said.
Wagner has created multiple meanings within a structured format. Her new prints show the passage of time as similar to the way we can understand the history of a tree by observing its growth rings. Photogravure is used as a tactile language, minimal in design. The images are all printed in the same shade of blue and they illuminate the tangible, sensual experience of the blocks. For this project, Wagner created a nine-panel print, five diptychs and three large single images.