Two New Wozniak Screenprints in the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center exhibition.

Now on view are two of my recent limited edition screenprints, Same Six (Higher Tolerance) and Surely, You Joust!, in the group exhibition Nerd-Alert at the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center from August 20 – September 23, 2021.

The safe, in-person MLMAC exhibition opening reception will be held on August 27th from 5-8 p.m.

Exhibition Title: Nerd-Alert
Location: City of Moses Lake Museum and Art Center
401 S. Balsam St.
Moses Lake, WA 98837
Opening Reception: August 27th from 5-8 p.m.
Viewing Dates: August 20 – September 23, 2021
Facebook: Moses Lake Museum & Art Center

Stephen Wozniak
Same Six (Higher Tolerance)
Screenprint on Arches paper
11” H x 11” W
Limited Edition of 20

Same Six (High Tolerance)

Same Six (Higher Tolerance) refers to the nominal valuation and tolerance of precision measurements, as well as the real three-dimensional objects that are marked with such values. The print serves to help compare and contrast viewer perception of representation and reality defined by allegorical and literal identifiers.

Each represented box is labeled with an increasingly less tolerant number “6” –  6.0, 6.00 and 6.000 – but that all ultimately equal six, nonetheless. This 6 can indicate the measured edge of a box, the number of faces on a real box or other value. It is also a play on the architect Mies van der Rohe adage, “The devil is in the details,” alluding to a mysterious hidden element in the details here, which may be the nominal mark of that devil. The imagery ostensibly seems simple, but may take more time and effort than expected to review. This, in turn, refers to the antecedent phrase, “God is in the details,” expressing the idea that whatever you do, it should be done thoroughly. The details are important.

Stephen Wozniak
Surely, You Joust!
Screenprint on archival card stock
11” H x 11” W
Limited Edition of 20

Surely, You Joust! alludes to both the origins of the word “joust,” which means simply “to meet,” and the inevitable clash that ensues with this formal staged battle. As a preparatory game, ring jousting requires a working relationship with a riding horse and precise interaction with tiny targets set at the end of each course. In this manner, it is effectively no longer a battle, but a solitary engagement.

Human activity has transmuted from critical one-on-one, in-person meetings to electronically-based remote learning, communications and gaming. In between these two states, conflicts and crisis have significantly driven us further apart into isolation. With this same technology, many retreat and others, conversely, call for action to rejoin the human movement and social contract.