The concept behind Parallel Prints is to present the same exhibition simultaneously at different venues in different countries.
Using the uniqueness of the reproducible print allows for the same works to be viewed at the same time on opposite sides of the world. This highlights the democratic nature of printmaking and questions the aura of the unique. Which venue is showing the ‘real’ work? Which the reproduction?
Curated and coordinated by Mark Graver and Tania Booth from Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, in New Zealand, the original Parallel Prints project was conceived for venues in the UK and New Zealand in 2013. The plan is to build an on-going international project and a second New Zealand/Australia exhibition took place at The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia in 2015
Parallel Prints NZ/UK featured the work of 12 diverse artists presented in a bound portfolio set. The artists were invited to contribute one print each with the only restriction on the work being the size of the paper.
Each artist produced one work on 300 x 300mm paper, in an edition of 36 and the writer and critic Richard Noyce supplied a specially commissioned introductory essay. There are 24 portfolio sets, one for each artist and 12 for donation to international collections with the final 12 in the edition being kept by the artist.
The portfolio has been accepted into the collections of:
The Victoria &Albert Museum, London, UK
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
The Whangarei Art Museum, NZ
The Kent Print Collection, Kent University, UK
Ian Rastrick Fine Art, St.Albans, UK
Jinling Museum of Art, Nanjing, China