This February with the support of Gallery 83 an exhibition of works by Ukrainian Print
Exchange (UPE) participants will be held for the 4th time. As part of the final exhibition this year we decided to make some experiment - to hold in parallel solo exhibition one of the participants. In this year it would be Sasha Valchuk, artist from Odessa, who is yearly participant in Print Exchange. Sasha represented her series of linocuts "The Garden of Gravure".
The key point of the exchange is for each artist to provide 14 prints of a given size in limited edition, created specifically for the event. Artists are allowed to work in any known classical techniques of easel printing. The organizing studio of the exchange, NAPAPERI, leaves two prints for the archive and exhibition-auction, other editions are returned to the participants through the means of 'draw'. Thus, by the end of the exchange, every participant has
a chance to collect a few works of their colleagues. By taking part in such exchanges across the world, an artist has a unique opportunity to garner a personal collection of original prints
By each being represented by their own work, artists create a virtual project where the only common feature is the type of art — graphics. Authors wage a fight with material (metal, stone, linoleum, wood), which dictates its own rules. Under one roof audience will have
an opportunity to see historical references, claim to relevancy, homage to their own tradition and yearning to personal rueful feelings. During this time, around 150 Ukrainian and foreign graphic artists took part in the event, thanks to which was a result of a cross-section of contemporary artistic ideas.
Ira Gvozdyk is a graphic artist, gallery owner and collector, which herself has frequently
participated in print exchanges abroad, organized and curated a similar project in Ukraine.
"Simultaneously, I would like to hold a charity fair #PRINTMEAGIFT
to sell original prints of my own collection (etchings, engravings, lithography, monotypes) in order to collect funds for children from Specialized orphanage, locating in Rivne city. " — shares Ira of her plans.