Twenty one original prints by famed artist M.C. Escher will be on display at Atelier 6000 starting April 4. The exhibit, M.C. Escher: 21 Prints, opens on First Friday with a reception from 5:30-8pm. The exhibit runs through May 31.
M.C. Escher was a prolific artist and master printmaker, producing more than 400 original prints in his lifetime. The exhibit showcases Escher’s skill in wood cut, wood engraving, lithography and linocut.
The prints speak to Escher’s fascination with illusion, whether created through tessellations, impossible architectural constructions or reflections. “Escher’s images appear logical at first, but the deeper you look, the more improbable they become. Each print is a puzzle that asks to be solved, but the solution is elusive,” explains Ron Schultz, Atelier 6000 member who contributed to the exhibit catalog. “Escher’s work endures because of its mystery.”
Atelier 6000 will welcome classes from local middle and high schools to view the exhibit and learn about Escher’s life and art.
ScaleHouse, a growing network of creative collaborators in Central Oregon, was fundamental in organizing the Escher exhibit.
Atelier 6000 is a professional printmaking and book arts studio in Bend, Oregon offering workshops by local and regional artists. Atelier 6000’s Presentation Gallery features monthly exhibits of contemporary prints and art books. The gallery participates in Bend’s First Friday Gallery Walk.