Project Description

Binary Harmonies

An Exploration Into Current Practices in Post Digital Printmaking

Group exhibition curated by: Dylan McManus of Little Bear Hill
April 1st–3rd, 2016

Curated by artist and printmaker Dylan McManus, Binary Harmonies presents a selection of works by artists who willingly embrace a hybrid approach towards their artistic practice. Digital and traditional tools combine in innovative explorations that merge printmaking with the technologies of the 21st century. Brayers, laser engravers, chine-cole and 3D printers operate as partners in these artists’ studios, resulting in unique works that push the boundaries of the printed image. Featuring current works by artists Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson of Midwest Pressed, Endless Editions, Arthur Hash, John Hitchcock, Jon Irving, Dylan McManus, Aaron Nelson, Ryan O’Malley and others, this exhibition is one of the first curated projects by Little Bear Hill: a post-digital printmaking studio and artist residency.


Conceived by Dylan McManus in late 2013, Little Bear Hill is a studio that encourages a combined media (or post-digital) approach towards art and printmaking in the 21st Century. Having experimented with digital tools and processes to expand his printmaking into installation and international collaboration with curators in Lithuania and Romania, McManus created an art-focused Digital Fabrication Lab within SUNY New Paltz’s Fine Art Department. The Lab designed curriculum and processes, integrating tools like Laser Engravers, CNC Mills, and 3D printers into traditional artists’ studios. One of the biggest focuses of Mcmanus’ work is to treat these tools not as a crutch, but as another tool in the artist’s studio. In 2013 McManus began working with an investor to start a residency in the Hudson Valley. The idea is to bring in artists at different levels of their careers to work in a post digital studio to experiment with how both traditional and post digital processes can benefit their work. McManus also works with social justice and sustainability issues and local food production. The investor in NY was diagnosed with a terminal illness and backed out so McManus and his wife, Beth, decided to start the project on their own on a small 16 acre legacy farm in The Dalles, Oregon. Here they are merging the studio and their sustainable farming practices into one collaborative environment for artists to participate in.

The Little Bear Hill Residencies offered will be a two-month scholarship residency for an emerging artist who shows a combined interest in Printmaking and sustainability. Little Bear Hill also intends to offer self-funded residencies that are merit and project based. They are currently working with arts organizations and The Dalles “Main St.” program to find experimental exhibition spaces for the resident artists to exhibit their work at the end of their stay.

image: Paper Cuts 13, Midwest Pressed’s Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson, Laser Engraved Woodcut Collage


Disjecta, Flex Space


Free public reception: April 1, 6 –10pm

Exhibition: Friday and Saturday 12–5pm