de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Translucent Transformations: Joseph Zirker Innovations in Printmaking—The Cast Acrylic Print

January 22–March 11, 2005


Through more than four decades of work and experimentation, Joseph Zirker has cultivated a reputation as one of the Bay Area’s most innovative printmakers. His entire career is marked by an irrepressible interest in exploring the possibilities of printmaking. Zirker’s most recent contribution to the field is a revolutionary new printmaking process. In this new process, Zirker has transcended the traditional elements of printmaking—paper and printed image—creating cast acrylic monotypes that fuse these individual elements into one unique whole. This landmark exhibition will be the first to highlight works produced in this exciting new technique.

This exhibition features a wide variety of stylistic approaches, reflecting Zirker’s consistently independent spirit and working style. In his cast acrylic monotypes, Zirker continues his career-long interest in abstraction. His compelling compositions feature biomorphic shapes and symbols that suggest—without making overt reference to—natural forms. These new works also feature Zirker’s characteristic interest in using color to evoke a sense of light and translucency.

Joseph Zirker received his B.F.A. from the University of Denver and his M.F.A. from the University of Southern California. Zirker’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Reno Museum of Art, and Smith Andersen Editions and has been included in numerous group exhibitions around the United States. His work is included in the collection of museums such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Brooklyn Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and the de Saisset Museum. Zirker lives and works in Menlo Park, California.

Translucent Transformations is the second and last exhibition offered in conjunction with the de Saisset Museum’s A Season of Printmaking at the de Saisset.

Images, left to right: Joe Zirker, Untitled 41, 2001, cast acrylic monotype, 32 ½ x 22 ¼ in., Courtesy of the artist and Smith Andersen Editions. Photo: Stefan Kirkeby. Joe Zirker, Untitled 44, 2001, cast acrylic monotype, 25 x 11 ½ in., Courtesy of the artist and Smith Andersen Editions. Photo: Stefan Kirkeby.