Emma Flick: A Look At Tomorrow

A Look At Tomorrow, Solo Exhibition by Emma Flick
May 28 – 31, 2021 — 11am to 4pm daily
The Loft at Neu Haus Press, 4210 SE 24th Ave. Portland, OR 97202

Viewed by appointment through a Google RSVP system to accommodate COVID precautions: 

The Loft at Neu Haus Press is excited to announce their second exhibition weekend of 2021 with artist and printmaker Emma Flick for a solo exhibition only open for viewing Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th through May 31st). Viewing hours will be 11am to 4pm daily with the artist on-site.

A Look At Tomorrow presents CMYK etchings and screen prints which grapple with and dissect the emancipatory fantasies of a militant white supremacist society centered on violence and domination. Flick’s attention was caught by a 1986 Penthouse magazine article that documented a group of children ranging in age from eight to sixteen gathered in Cedar City, Utah, participating in an emerging youth program built upon conservative ideologies called the Young Marines under the supervision of Corporal Steve Jarvis. Photographs of the young boys in militia garb are extracted from the article, scanned, enlarged, broken-apart, and delicately reconfigured through CMYK processes and handwork resulting in printed images that are all-at-once abstracted and legible, humanizing and haunting, illustrative and unintelligible.

In the wake of countless mass shootings, the rise of militant white supremacy and the thirst for power that permeates today’s society, A Look At Tomorrow asks, “is this to be?”.  Lives have been squandered through our former systems.  The act of remembering and realization is a creative process rather than reproductive.  These prints act as a present representation of an absent, or past, occurrence.  This work exists as a reminder of what has been and what is to come.

Artist Bio:
Raised in Portland, Oregon, Emma Flick is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes traditional printmaking and photography practices within her work to explore process, memory and the construction of “the archive”.  She received her BFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (2015) and her MFA in Print Media from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR (2019).  Flick currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she continues to pursue her passion for print and arts education as a Fob Fellow at Second State Press.

Venue Bio:
The Loft at Neu Haus Press is a new curatorial endeavor between Chris Chandler and Studio Manager Hannah Bakken in a mission to exhibit local artists with print-centric works once a month in a pop-up fashion in a non-traditional letterpress studio.