The article discusses the curatorial premise and collaborative studio practices behind the Just Press Print exhibition curated by Dr Paul Laidler.
The Just Press Print exhibition title draws attention to automated associations with digital technology and subsequent assumptions around creative intention within fine art printmaking. These overtones are explored within the exhibition to reveal the inner workings of the collaborative digital print studio. The audience’s attention is brought to significant, yet often overlooked elements of the printing process thereby focusing on the evidence of the creative act rather than the often emphasised resulting outcome. The exhibition is primarily concerned with the nature of practice and draws upon practice-led research methods to reveal the applied nature of the artists’ decision-making process. The exhibition dispenses with conventional formats, instead displaying sketches, correspondence, and draft editions to highlight the importance of the relationship between artist and master printer and the iterations that work towards the final print.