An opening reception was held Wednesday at the Merced College Art Gallery for a new exhibit by printmaker Martin Azevedo titled “Building Steam.”
Azevedo’s current work and imagery relies heavily upon the use of symbolism and archetypes as a way of understanding the world. His interest is in the simplicity of an image and its ability to convey the same or different idea or meaning to a group or individual, according to a Merced College press release.
According to his biography on the Ohio State University department of art’s website, he was born and raised in Hanford. His interest in art and printmaking was piqued during college, including at Visalia’s College of the Sequoias, before he received his bachelor’s degree in art from California State University, Chico, in 2009. He completed his master of fine arts in printmaking at Ohio State University in 2011.
Important in his process, the Ohio State release says, is the laborious nature of his drawing, carving and printing. The process allows for reflection and response to each part of an image. Ink on paper has a richness that is different from all other mediums. Printmaking allows for variation and experimentation from a key drawing. Possibilities are open for exploration due to the ability to replicate the original; the image can be changed by adding or subtracting, never in a final state until the decision is made to stop after multiple versions have been printed.
Azevedo’s work has been shown throughout the United States and in Mexico and China. He teaches and resides in Columbus, Ohio.