PRECISION: Screenprints by Allan Akman
Hyattsville, MD—With dreams of being an artist tempered by his father’s advice for practicality, Akman didn't seriously make art until his retirement. Ten years ago he came to Pyramid Atlantic to explore the possibilities of screenprinting. The results are exhibited in this solo show of prints he created between 2009 and 2019. Akman's meticulous nature is evident in these rich and carefully layered works that represent a decade of art-making.
PRECISION opens Friday, June 21 with a reception from 6:30–9 pm. The exhibition runs through July 14, 2019. Gallery hours: 10 am–6 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 12–5 pm on Sunday. The exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781. More at pyramidatlanticartcenter.org or 301-608-9101.
Specializing in hand-pulled screenprinting, Akman is mostly self-taught. While precision is a goal, he has realized that each layer of printing poses risks and challenges that lead him to a different outcome than first imagined. Akman wryly admits that screenprinting has taught him to "adjust my dreams to the reality of the squeegee."
Akman spent his “working” years making a “living” as a consultant to the federal government where he developed policies and procedures to assess the impact of new equipment on soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Throughout his career, there was always an art project somewhere in the background—painting, graphics, and paper cutting, among others. “I have been an artist most of my life, simply not a professional artist.”
This exhibition is made possible in part through funding from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County.
ABOUT PYRAMID ATLANTIC ART CENTER
Founded in 1981, Pyramid Atlantic is a nonprofit contemporary art center fostering the creative disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts within a collaborative community. We equip, educate, and exhibit in our historic Hyattsville home. Our vision is to create an artistic hub in Hyattsville that inspires and enables local, national, and international artists to create and innovate in our core disciplines; elevates the local arts and small business scene; and enhances the quality of life for artists and neighbors. We value artistic excellence, infrastructure for artists, hands-on experiences, and collaboration.
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