Bruno David is pleased to present Biomarkers, Terry Conrad’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalog of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography. In Biomarkers, Terry Conrad views the printmaking process as a living organism, in which process and result are one entity.
Akin to scar tissue or memory perception, constant movement and evolution make for an ongoing change in creation. As transformation plays both a physical and theoretical role, Conrad focuses on contrasts: control and chance, waste and decoration, and the use of finite and recycled materials. Conrad himself manufactures a press, a highly sculptural construct made from a growing collection of found objects, scraps and raw materials in piles and tiers, serving as strata themselves, and the resulting images, impressions created over the course of several days, are created through the oxidation of metals and hand made inks onto the paper, which lies underneath the press itself.
The results are meditative images that are suggestive of rocks and minerals, also formed over time and under pressure. Ecological, architectural and natural elements become primary themes. Invisible motion, transitory and spontaneous action converge in a singular method. Terry Conrad received his BFA from Alfred University and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Terry Conrad is a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Drawing, Printmaking and Book Arts. He was the 2015-16 Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking He is an Assistant Professor in Printmaking at the University of Iowa. Terry has also been in group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has been awarded residencies at The Elizabeth Murray Residency (New York), Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), Penland School of Craft (North Carolina) and the Vermont Studio Center.
He previously taught at Skidmore College and assisted his partner Rachel Ziegler-Sheridan in founding the Round Lake School, which is a preschool/residency in Round Lake, NY that follows the teaching philosophies of Reggio Emelia.