Exhibit @ the St. Joseph County Public Library. South Bend, IN

Northern Indiana may be covered in 2 feet of snow right now, but there are still warm cozy niches to escape to, like this one @the St. Joseph County Library! Check out the 3rd floor and have a look at my copperplate photogravures of Thailand! Most photogravures these days are made from polymer plates, but mine have painstakingly and lovingly been etched into copper plates using 7 baumes of ferric chloride! Long live tradition!

This series traces my passage through areas of Thailand exploring my ancestral roots. At this confluence of land, history and culture, the act of meditation and the practice of local customs were instrumental in the understanding of my own identity. These sites retain the residue of years gone by intermixed with their contemporary expressions, evidenced somewhere between a farmer’s burnt field and a media corner in a monk’s cave. I consider aspects of the landscape as offerings of my past, elaborating on my sense of place in it all.

Jaz Graf

Offerings, Thailand Series, 2015

Copperplate photogravure with etching and spit bite

Artist Proofs, each 11” x 14” 

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Lightwrite-JazGrafNovember 9 – December 14
Reception: Thursday, November 9,
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, November 30 at 5:30 p.m.

On a Different Page presents the artist’s personal relationship to the book as art form. Whether storytelling, tackling social issues, sculpting or deconstructing, each of the artists in this exhibition utilize the book to create individual works of art. Featuring artists Aileen Bassis, Kate Dodd, Asha Ganpat, Jaz Graf, Carole Kunstadt, Winifred McNeill, Ibou Ndoye, and David Sandlin. Curated by Eileen Ferara.

NJCU Visual Arts Gallery 
100 Culver Ave
Jersey City NJ
United States
http://www.njcu.edu/calendar/different-page


The french phrase, “nous sommes simplement de passage” translates into “we are only here for a moment’s time.” This bookwork of grief is a personal confrontation of a silent event, recognizing that the process of healing is communal.

Every book is coded, a system of signs to be decoded by its reader. It is the ghost limb of an author, but more importantly, it becomes an extension of the reader’s body and experience. As a book splays open, the reader is in between a passage, a silent private voice expressed in a public space.

I’m exploring the idea of a book, its anatomical components, variable forms, associations, functions, and adaptable framework for visuals and language. Books live between 2-d surface and 3-d object, serving multiple purposes: utilitarian, decorative, or as psychological entities. A book experience can evoke intimacy and vastness at the same time. One page or one word even, can open up new worlds. I’m interested in reimagining the bookwork to explore the temporal space of a page, and to transform the impermanent moment into enduring reverberation.

-Jaz Graf


Place
Exhibition runs through 7/19/17.  Reception 6/14/2017.
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Please join us for a free public reception on June 14, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture located at 1045 West Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46601.

Place

This group exhibition focuses on the theme ‘Place’ and how the exhibiting artists react to their surroundings. This reaction can manifest in visual stories from tragic events, bring awareness to past and present situations, voice political moods, respond to how our surroundings are exponentially changing, or try to visually educate about environmental issues.

Featuring artists: Jasmine Graf, Heather Parrish, Justin Barfield, and Elena Smyrniotis – members of the Notre Dame Printmaking Department.

A public reception will be held on Wednesday, June 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture.  Light refreshments will be served.   The exhibition will remain open to the public through July 19, 2017.

(In progress) a ceramic book by Jaz Graf


Clay and porcelain 


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Next generation of Eviscera books…by Jaz Graf.