REAM II is the second project from the REAM collaboration between Mark Rice (Philadelphia, PA) and Lou Joseph (Baltimore, MD.) In 2012 and 2013, Mark and Lou exchanged 500 drawings via the US postal service, mailing packets of drawings back and forth, adding and subtracting layers of drawing, painting, print, stencil, and collage until they were completed. REAM I took a selection of these drawings and blew them up as CMYK screen prints, connecting and organizing them into a loose framework, and exhibiting them in Baltimore in the summer of 2013.
REAM II is also sourced from the original 500 drawings. For this iteration, the artists create silkscreen stencils from the drawings, using them as raw material to be overlaid in contrasting colors, abstracting the original compositions to create new silkscreen monoprints.
All of these works are currently in progress.
On view are a selection of 24 ongoing works. When REAM II is complete, it will be a portfolio of around 100 prints.
Lou Joseph- Lou was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and has a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and earned an MFA from Indiana University in 2004. He moved to Baltimore in 2008, where he is the director of ICA Baltimore, the Visual Arts Specialist at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and teaches screen printing at MICA.
Mark Rice – is an artist and musician living in Philadelphia, PA. Rice grew up in Indiana, receiving his BFA in printmaking at Indiana University in 2003. In 2009, he attended the Rhode School of Design, receiving his MFA in printmaking in 2011. Rice was an artist-in-residence at Hub-Bub in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and then served as adjunct instructor of art history and drawing at University of South Carolina Upstate. Mark Rice is the recipient of the 2015 CRE Fellowship at Second State Press.
He currently works as the printmaking instructor and product designer at the Center for Creative Works, a non-profit vocational day program for adults with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities focused on therapeutic creative expression located in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.