by Michael Gill
Zygote Press director Liz Maugans is getting ready to show some new work in Germany. She and Bellamy Prinz are the artists participating this year in Zygote press’s annual Dresden Exchange program, an artist swap with a commercial print making studio in Dresden, the Grafikwerkstaat. Later in the fall, the Dresden shop will send a couple of artists here.
Maugans’ new work is the printed evidence of her musings on the economy and the way words —manipulated, associated, and even cropped, can address it. She’s using a new letterpress technique to print words —in one case “Hedge Fund”— but arranging them to shift their meaning. She's doing similar work with engraved copper plates.
Maugans has always worked with the innuendo between pictures and associated words, lately—as in a recent show at Zygote dealing with middle age and marriage—emphasizing the words. In her “Hedge Fund” piece she was cropping off the first and last letter of the phrase to make a new one—edge fun—that calls attention to the risky gamble that investment has become.
Prinz and Maugans will be joined by three other Northeast Ohio print makers—Jen Craun, Shelly DiCello, and Lisa Schonberg—who will show their work in NEO5: Graphics from Zygote Press, which opens next Friday at Galerie Drei in Dresden. Prinz and Maugans leave Cleveland Sunday for the three-week residency.