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Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery Welcomes Visiting Artist David Wolske For Synæsthetica Exhibit

September 20, 2016

Synaesthetica print

Show will run from October 1 to November 13

NASHVILLE, Sept. 20, 2016 — Hatch Show Print and Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery are proud to present new work by visiting artist David Wolske. Hailing from Indiana, Wolske visited Nashville’s historic print shop earlier this year to create his Synæsthetica series using some of the biggest wood type font in the shop’s collection. By employing larger-than-life letterforms and applying his twenty-first-century sensibilities, Wolske arranged the layers to create dynamic interactions of color and shape, engaging the viewer in a vivid dialogue with the vibrant hues and energetic geometry. Alongside his new work produced at Hatch Show Print, Haley Gallery will also display other absorbing printwork by Wolske.

As part of Nashville Downtown Partnership’s First Saturday Art Crawl on Saturday, October 1, Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery will hold a reception to open the exhibition. Visitors will be offered complimentary wine and small bites from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Synæsthesia  |ˌsinəsˈTHēZHə| n.— A phenomenon in which one kind of stimulation evokes the sensation of another; for example, when hearing a sound causes the visualization of a color.

David Wolske is a letterpress artist based in Bloomington, Indiana, where he teaches and lectures on graphic design, typography, book arts, and letterpress printing for the School of Art + Design at Indiana University.

In 2012, Wolske developed a new letterpress printmaking technique and named it isotype printing. This multi-step masking system allows him to isolate specific parts of wood type blocks and create complex layered images from the abstracted components. Though he reveres the history of letterpress printing, and uses antique presses and type, Wolske strives to make conceptually rich contemporary work using deconstructed letters to communicate without words.

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About David Wolske
David Wolske received a BA in Studio Art from Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana, and an MFA in Graphic Design from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. His work is exhibited and collected around the world. He regularly teaches typography, graphic design, letterpress printing, and book arts classes and workshops across the United States. Wolske’s work reveals an affinity for handset wood and metal type, but also enthusiastically incorporates digital tools, computer software, and design thinking into a manual workflow that draws heavily on the traditions of letterpress and fine art printmaking.
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About Hatch Show Print
Founded by brothers Charles and Herbert Hatch, Hatch Show Print opened in Nashville in 1879. For much of the twentieth century, the shop’s vibrant posters served as a leading advertising medium for Southern entertainment, and included work for many members of the Grand Ole Opry such as Bill Monroe, Minnie Pearl, and Ernest Tubb, and for rock & roll greats such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Thousands of posters and billboard-size advertisements were printed for traveling vaudeville and minstrel shows, circuses, and carnivals barnstorming across the country. In 1992, Hatch Show Print became a historic property of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Today, Hatch Show Print is a thriving letterpress poster and design shop in downtown Nashville, with seven full-time designer-printers on staff. The shop creates and prints 500 to 600 poster jobs every year, and the client list ranges from Mumford & Sons to Willie Nelson, and includes brands such as Fossil, Taschen, and the U.S. Postal Service.

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About Haley Gallery
Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery features historic restrikes of iconic posters from the Hatch collection, as well as monoprints—contemporary interpretations and celebrations of the classic wood blocks of Hatch Show Print—by Master Printer Jim Sherraden.

Haley Gallery Hours
Sunday through Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The gallery is open for Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl, the first Saturday of each month, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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