Exhibitions
Perception is Not Always Reality: Adjustment to the Return Home Through Printed Mark-Making

Perception is Not Always Reality: Adjustment to the Return Home Through Printed Mark-Making

Date: 3/25/2017
Time: 12PM-5PM

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The National Veterans Art Museum is proud to partner with The Veteran Print Project to host Perception is Not Always Reality: Adjustment to the Return Home Through Printed Mark-Making.This screen print workshop is in conjunction with Vonnegut’s Odyssey, an art exhibition that explores connections between the timeless and universal story of veterans’ return from combat and the artwork of World War II veteran and famed author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

How do we process the term “Coming Home?” Conceptually, our lives are shaped by timelines that denote a variety of moments when we leave home. We are prompted by these patterns to journey with or without an intent to return. Curator Ash Kyrie notes that Vonnegut’s Odyssey shares “the process of the return and the complexity of the veteran experience.” Looking at many of the images, the viewer is captivated by the whimsical mark-making, often mimicking the line of a ball-point pen or a rendering made from childhood markers. There is a freedom of expression that appears unrestrained and unforced. Adhering to this expressive style, participants in the workshop will be asked to draw select images upside down to persuade their brains to reject the task of “reading” and “naming” the content of the subject. Process-bound line work will result in redefining a recognizable image into free-flowing transcriptions and mapped out marks. Upon completion, the drawings will be turned right-side up and transferred to a screen with watercolor markers and paints. At the final stage, participants will print the image onto a variety of substrates. The resulting images will be right-side up and reversed. This fun, and often absurd, exercise will allow participants to make a cognitive shift between what is real and what is perceived.

 All materials used in this workshop are non-toxic and water based.

 **Prior to the workshop, participants are encouraged to email images that reflect the idea of coming home to veteranprintproject@gmail.com. These will be used to develop the drawings and additional images will be provided for the exercise. All participants will have an opportunity to print their own souvenir T-Shirt with the Kurt Vonnegut signature asterisk.**