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Chad Pastotnik Retrospective

August 7 to August 26

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Chad Pastotnik Retrospective

Sunday August 7 at the Jordan River Art Center will host the opening exhibition of the Chad Pastotnik Retrospective. Pastotnik has been proprietor of Deep Wood Press, along the Cedar River near Bellaire for the past 20 years. Chad has a BFA  in printmaking and focuses on intaglio copper and relief wood engravings.  He has also had formal training in bookbinding as well as repair and conservation/restoration techniques.

During this time he  has become well known in the United States and Europe for his production of limited edition fine press books.  Great attention is paid to tradition and detail.  The books contain artwork printed from the original matrices of one or more of the following printmaking processes; intaglio, wood engraving, collographs and linoleum cuts.  They are printed on cotton hand made or mold made sheets gathered from all points of the globe.  Inks are often hand made from raw ingredients and all aspects of the finished book follow rigorous archival practices to insure that, with care, the books will continue to exist for centuries to come. His books are considered as a fine art form.

Chad has set all type by hand, designing the layout, and printing on vintage presses dating from the 1880s to the 1950s.  Two years ago he acquired a Linotype and now often sets book composition using this line casting machine.

In 2010 Chad won the prestigious Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design for his production of “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. Since then he has had numerous lecturing and speaking engagements culminating in a keynote address given to the British Printing Society in Manchester England. This book and the award winning medal will be on exhibition as well as most of the 30 some books printed by Deep Wood Press over the years.

He enjoys collaborating with many printmakers and other writers that share a similar call from their respective muses. To name a few:  “Killing the Bear” a short story by  Judith Minty, a Michigan Poet Laureate and Professor at UC Berkley;  “The Intruder” by John Voelker—Robert Traver; and "Winter Walks" by Jerry Dennis, illustrated by Glen Wolff.  His work can be found in many private collections as well as many prestigious museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Newberry Library, Chethams Library (UK) and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chad was a former Board member of JRAC and helped with the formation of the Parkside Arts Council.  He has taught many workshops on book making and printmaking. He has presented many lectures and during the opening, Sunday August 7, Chad will discuss his work with a talk at 2:30 pm in the JRAC gallery, 301 Main St., East Jordan.  Many of the edition books will be for sale.  In addition to the books displayed will be many of his prints and even some of his early oil paintings.  The exhibit by this prestigious artist should not be missed.  All art patrons are invited. The exhibit is open daily, 1— 4 pm through  August,  26.  For further information call 231-582-6399 or call Chad 231-587-0506.

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