Mythic Dimensions in Printmaking at HCC Ybor City Art Gallery

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02 January 2014
Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery presents Mythic Dimensions in Printmaking, an exhibition by Carl Cowden, master printer at the University of Tampa’s STUDIO-f.  The exhibit will run from January 6th - 29th. An artist’s reception will take place on Thursday, January 16th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a Gallery Talk at 6:15 p.m.

The exhibition explores the myths of the screen printing process and the personal mythology of imagery. Cowden blends styles from illustration to abstraction, surrealism to pop-art.
“My work is an expression of the dimensionality of a mythology that I find universally symbolic,” said Cowden. “Creations of expressive images in my unique mythology are forged from everything I know, think and feel. Printing rich grounds of patterns and textures across a variety of substrates compels me to create multi-faceted symbols, characters and beasts into scenes that capture the grim humor of modern life juxtaposed against the lush beauty of nature.”
Cowden received his BFA, Cum Laude, from the University of Tampa. He has held the position of master printer at UT’s STUDIO-f since 1999, working with renowned visiting artists including Sam Gilliam, Miriam Shapiro, Ed Paschke, Robert Zakanitch and Audrey Flack.
“As the most versatile of printmaking processes the potentiality of spontaneity in screenprinting spawns an inherent creativity. Printmaking in general is a process of reproducing multiples of a predetermined image, however, in my version of the screenprint process, at every step I look for the possibilities in making a unique mark, texture or pattern,” said Cowden.

The HCC Ybor City Art Gallery is located in the Performing Arts Building, first floor, Palm Ave and 15th street. Regular hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. – & Tuesday noon to 7 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Carolyn Kossar at 813-253-7674 or
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