United States of America
“I was learning the whole process of observation (from his Comanche grandmother artist), the process of thinking about things conceptually, and also the process of finding a voice” _ John Hitchcock
Hitchcock is an award-winning artist who uses the print medium to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. Drawing upon his Comanche/Kiowa and Northern European heritage, Hitchcock’s woodland and plains inspired imagery stand as metaphors for humans’ relationship with nature, the trauma of war, and the fragility of life. The artist states that handmade prints seek to repeat patterns of acting as a metaphor for change, cycles, endurance, collaboration, and intention. Some of these screen-prints started, in a way, when he was very young. His grandmother, a Comanche beadwork artist, would assign him to draw some shapes. Then she asked him to pay attention to how the shapes connect. Then, to draw some floral patterns, and to go outside and study a rose to draw it. Then think about how to transfer that drawing into beads. Later on, all these instructions joined together in his process of creation.
During his stay in Buenos Aires, he produced “Expansion”, a large scale/site-specific installation made with screen-prints on felt, drawing on the Políglota Room walls and video projection. In this installation Federico Signorelli, Iván Vianello and Valeria Zamparolo, three emerging and young Argentine artists, were invited to work collaboratively with the artist. Federico produced a video in conjunction with a video that John had made for the show, Valeria intervened the window panes with their own images translated into language crossings with John and Iván put together a small installation in which the target (shooting target) had an important role. Later on ñ ace exhibited in Dialogue Space personal works of the three young artists during March and April 2008.
Furthermore, in the frame of this residency, Hitchcock developed a new episode of Moving Targets, a collaborative project that brought together 100 international artists, to carry out a graphic action on the trains of the Urquiza Railroad that connects Proyecto ‘ace with the Centro de Edición in Buenos Aires Province. He also delivered a lithography demo in that place.
1967 | Born in Oklahoma, USA.
Lives in Wisconsin, USA.
He is a Professor and Associate Dean of the Department of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison. USA.
1997 | MFA, Printmaking Photography, Texas Tech University Lubbock. Texas, USA.
1990 | BFA Printmaking and Drawing, Cameron Lawton University. Oklahoma, USA.
2007 | XIV International Triennial of Engraving, Poetic Politics, Estonian Kumu Art Museum. Tallinn, Estonia.
2007 | New Impressions 2007 / Summer – Silkscreen International Print Center New York. USA.
2006 | Diagnosis of a knot, a lump, an itch and a scratch, Collaborative installation between Jennifer Angus and John Hitchcock. London Print Studio. London, U.K..
2006 | Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Indiana, USA.
2007 | The Falun Triennial 2007 – Dalarnas Museum of Contemporary Art. Falun, Sweden.
Waldkunstpfad / Forestal-Art-Path. Darmstadt, Germany
AWARDS / RESIDENCES
2007 | Vermont Studios Center Residence Vermont. USA.
2005 | Cultural collision 2005 U.S.–N.Z. Arts Residence / Workshop, Nin School of Arts. Auckland, New Zealand.
International Projects, Site Specific
Moving Targets [Bs As]
Objetivos Móviles/Moving Targets-Buenos Aires was a co-curatorial project co-organized by the artist John Hitchcock (Director of the Printmaking Department and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) and the artist Alicia Candiani (Projecto´ace Director) framed in the residence that Hitchcock made with us from February 15th to March the 6th, 2008.
With the institutional support of the Ministry of Culture of the Municipality of Buenos Aires and Metrovías company partnership, Objetivos Móviles/Moving Targets-Buenos Aires results in an urban artistic action involving Colegiales neighborhood and displayed on the Metrovias Trains System in Argentina on Friday February 29, 2008 (a unique day in a leap-year!). The print action took place between the Federico Lacroze Station in the City of Buenos Aires and Fernández Moreno Station in Buenos Aires Province of the railroad Gral. Urquiza. These two stations united Proyecto’ace in Colegiales, Buenos Aires City and Centro de Edición. Directed by Natalia Giachetta, this is a litho workshop and gallery located in Saénz Peña, Buenos Aires Province. A group of 25 Argentine artists lead by John Hitchcock and Alicia Candiani, carried large banner prints through the train cart system. Each banner had several images of North America, South America and Caribbean artists’ works. 50 young up and coming artists (25 from South America and 25 from North America) and 50 established artists were invited to participate.
The banners, as large flags, were exhibited in two spaces in Argentina: the Proyecto’ace Studios and the platforms of the General Urquiza Train in front of Centro de Edición in Buenos Aires Province. Later they were exhibited in Pyramid Atlantic Art Center´s Main and Kunst Vault galleries from August 1 – October 3, 2009 in the United States.
ABOUT MOVING TARGETS INTERNATIONAL PROJECT
As a concept, Moving Targets involves presenting the print medium in a specific and meaningful way. It ties to the rich tradition that printmaking serves as a vehicle for expression of discontent and critique.
As an international print project reflecting social concerns moving via public transportation across borders, it aims to address on how public transport can become a means of cultural dissemination while emphasizing the historical tradition of graphics as a democratic vehicle for the communication of ideas.
The first action-exhibition was originally presented as Cultural Transport / Moving Target on a train between Berlin (Germany) and Poznan (Poland), co-organized by Keith Christensen and John Hitchcock within the framework of IMPACT IV in Germany. The title Moving Targets, expresses the difficulty in stopping something (shooting down–in military terms) that exists when trying to stop something or destroy it when it is in movement. The project uses trains, means of public transport, to disseminate cultural actions, thus the vehicle is literally the means of expression. Under the metaphor of what is in motion cannot be shot down, actions have been planned on the trains with printed works, also referring to the capacity of prints as agents that promotes reflection and change.
Emerging Argentine artists participating in the performatic action |Buenos Aires Daniela Karol, Magdalena Arnaud, Lucía Miranda, María Julieta Arnaut, Félix Torrez, Carolina Sosa, Josefina Zuain, Federico Signorelli, Juan Natch, Sofía Quirno, Fernanda Castelo, Valeria Zamparolo, Ignacio Luis Ravazzoli, Nicolás Monti, Isabel Gruppo | Córdoba Sergio David Alvarez, Gisele Rodriguez Polich, Maximiliano de los Ríos, Lucia Mendez, Ana Belen Saldias Lopez, Mariana Pavan, Iván Vianello, Micaela Damico Bossio | Santa Fé Javier Cazenave | Tucumán Martín De Negro.
Objetivos Móviles / Moving Targets
A John Hitchcock´s original project
Co-organized and co-curated by Alicia Candiani
in partnership with Centro de Edición Taller Galería
Director Natalia Giachetta
Selected and invited artists
NORTH AMERICA | Kim Ambriz, Plinio Avila, Michael Barnes, Marwin Begaye, Lisa Bulawsky, Keith Christensen, Justin Diggle, Timothy Dooley, David DuBose, Wanda Ewing, Bill Fick, Jill Fitterer, Ruthann Godollei, John Hancock, Dusty Herbig, Mike Houston, Hybrid Press/202c (Hitchcock & Busich), Drew Iwaniw, Anita Jung, Angela Lopez, John Lysak, Barb Madsen, Justin Maes, Nichole Maury, Phyllis McGibbon, Dylan McManus, Dennis McNett, Anna Moisiadis, Traci Molloy, Ayanah Moor, Johanna Mueller, Ashley Nason, Meghan O´Connor, Nancy Palmeri, Miguel A. Pena, David Raine, Curt Readel, Kathryn J Reeves, Derrick Riley, Jason Ruhl and Amy Newell, Humberto Saenz, Jenny Schmid, Neal Ambrose-Smith, Satan’s Camero, David & Kassie Teng, Daryl Vocat, Heather White, Aaron Wilson, Melanie Yazzie, Imin Yeh.
SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN | Sergio David Alvarez, Magdalena Arnaud, María Julieta Arnaut, Romina Biglieri, Silvana Blasbalg, Sergio Blatto, María Bonomi, Silvia Brewda, Juan Canavesi, Alicia Candiani, Rimer Cardillo, Fernanda Castelo, Hugo Cava, Javier Cazenave, Mariela Constant, Micaela D´amico Bossio, Maximiliano De los Ríos, Martín De Negro, Sebastián García Huidobro, Isabel Gruppo, Daniela Karol, Ana María McCarthy, Lucía Mendez, Patricia Miani, Ricardo Migliorisi, Lucía Miranda, Nicolás Monti, Adriana Moracci, Juan Natch, Mari Mater O´Neil, Néstor Otero, Mariana Pavan, Sofía Quirno, Ángel Ramírez, Ignacio Luis Ravazzoli, Rafael Rivera Rosa, Gisele Rodriquez Polich, Ana Belén Saldías López, María Mercedes Salgado, Carolina Salinas, Garvin Sierra, Federico Signorelli, Carolina Sosa, Félix Torrez, Rafael Trelles, Julio Valdez, Ivan Vianello, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría, Valeria Zamparolo, Josefina Zuain.
Expansión was a multimedia installation in the Sala Políglota being on display in March-April 2008. It was the culmination of a very inspiring residency by the American artist John Hitchcock, which also included another project, Moving Target/ Cultural Transportation, a graphic action in the streets of the Colegiales neighborhood and on the trains of the Urquiza Railway with the participation of 100 artists from the three Americas.
Expansion is a large-scale installation made up of a multitude of images of varying sizes made in silk-screen printing on felt, hand drawings on the wall and video projection.
The work proposes a metaphor about change, cycles, resistance, collaboration and intention. The felt images depict hybrid mythological creatures (buffalo, wolves, wild boar, deer, elk) and military weaponry (battle tanks and helicopters). All of them are based on stories and memories of his childhood spent in the mountains of Wichita Oklahoma next to the Fort Sill military base. His representations of animals and weapons act as metaphors for human behavior and the cycle of violence. His work of art is a response to the invasive behavior of human beings towards nature and other individuals. The Xs drawn on the wall repetitively are comments about the US government, and its regional, national, and international policies of forcible relocation of individuals from one place to another (indigenous communities displaced by warfare or relocation of troops).
On another plane, Expansion is a statement about current events, such as the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
“An estimated 655.000 Iraqis have died since 2003 invasion”
John Hopkins Bloomberg announcement from the United States School of Public Health, 2008
ARTIST IN COLLABORATION
Federico Signorelli (Buenos Aires)
Iván Vianello (Córdoba)
Valeria Zamparolo (Buenos Aires)
101 [One Hundred-One]
Artists in dialogue
101 [One Hundred-One] was a very special ´aceNITE that brought together the work of 100 artists from the Americas included in Moving Target Projects + the opening of “Expansion”, the solo exhibition by artist John Hitchcock (USA).
Moving Targets was a Hitchcock’s proposal for an action-intervention on the trains of the city of Buenos Aires. The project reflects on national identities and the crossing of borders, using public transport as a metaphor. It encourages artists to express alternative and transgressive views that react to the obstacles of our societies. Thus, 50 artists from North America and 50 artists from South America and the Caribbean were invited. They sent works to a ‘ ace digital mailbox. The banners were printed in Buenos Aires. Later, they will used to carry out the performance. The posters were displayed at Ace during the 101 ´aceNITE.
In addition, ´ace made an open call and selected 25 emerging Argentine artists to participate with their images on the banner but also to carry out the action-performance. Among then we invited Federico Signorelli, Iván Vianello and Valeria Zamparolo to work in collaboration with Hitchock in the Expansión , his solo show in the Políglota Room. The installation includes video, drawings interventions on the walls and scren-printing on felts. Federico intervened with his images John’s video, Valeria drew on the window panels “translating” her own images to crosses in the “graphic language” of John and Iván prepared with a small installation in which the objective (Diana / Target) had an important role.
Cycles @ Bs As
By the Law of Periodical Repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again and again and again-and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another’s, and each obeying its own law…the same Nature which delights in periodical repetition in the skies is the Nature which orders the affairs of the earth. Let us not underrate the value of that hint.
For the first ’aceNITE of the year, named Memory, an International Project developed during 2014 with the participation of 25 artists from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Spain, USA and New Zealand, called Cycles, was exhibited.
Cycles was an initiative through which we were able to make spaces available for work in print media to be created, as well as spaces for the interaction among artists from different nationalities. Each of the participants created a print inspired in the idea of [cycles] from their own multiple perspectives, alluding to the idea of movement, rotation, beginning and end, of mythical return of what was and ended, what opens and closed or what is repeated indefinitely leading to multiple visual interpretations.
After this project, 28 portfolios had been made, were 25 of them were donated to the artists, and the rest, were donated to two public collections at Frogman´s Print Workshop in the USA and the Talleres Nacionales de Gráfica in Mexico, as well one portfolio is part of the Fundación ´ace Art Archives.
Anne Heyvaert (Spain) | John Hitchock (USA) | Barbara Putnam (USA) | Toni Mosley (New Zealand) | Carlos Scannapieco (Argentina) | Silvana Blasbalg (Argentina)
Carla Beretta (Rosario, Argentina) | Alicia Candiani (Argentina) | Marcela Casals (USA) | Hera Chan (Canadá) | Paola Cohen (Argentina) | Cristina Duro (Argentina) | María Guerreiro (Argentina) | Julie Krone (New Zealand) | Alexandra Leeds (Portland, USA) | Nöel Loeschbor (Argentina) | Nico Mazza (Brooklyn, USA) | Adriana Moracci (Argentina) | Santiago Ocampo (Argentina) | Jennifer Pickering (Canada) | Viviana Sierra (Argentina) | Federico Signorelli (Argentina) | Cristina Solía (Argentina) | Laura Tecce (Argentina) | Norma Villarreal (Argentina)
Cycles | Ciclos
[CYCLES] Portfolio exchange – Caja Gráfica is an initiative that seeks to open spaces for the creation of graphic work, the interaction of artists of all nationalities with our neighborhood, the opening of places for exhibition and dissemination of work as well as interact with international artists. In this way [CYCLES] proposes the creation of a graphic portfolio-box with engravings / graphic pieces of each one of the participating artists and guests and offers the opportunity to exhibit that work both in Argentina and abroad.
The selected artists developed a one-week micro residency to develop their work in the Foundation’s ´ace workshop. Each of the artists will have a portfolio box with the work of all the participants at the end of the project. The works carried out and the box-portfolio will be exhibited at the Foundation in 2014. Some boxes will be donated to international collections and will start a traveling exhibition.
For the Royal Spanish Academy [cycle] it is a period of history that is considered finished, the set of phenomena or operations that are repeated in an orderly manner, a group of epic traditions concerning a certain period of time or a series of phases through which a periodic phenomenon happens. On the other hand, the prefix “cycle” means “spins”, “spins”.
All disciplines, from anthropology to engineering, have cycles. As well as the cycles appear as processes that always follow the same phases in the same order. In this project we are inspired by the idea of [cycles] from multiple perspectives, alluding to the idea of movement, of turning, of beginning and end, of mythical return, of what left and ended, of what opens and It flourishes or repeats indefinitely giving rise to multiple visual interpretations. Beginning and end, return, stages, movement … will be some of the possibilities that artists can visually explore in this portfolio.
Silvana Blasbalg (Argentina) | Carla Beretta (Rosario, Argentina) | Alicia Candiani (Argentina) | Marcela Casals (USA) | Hera Chan (Canadá) | Paola Cohen (Argentina) | Cristina Duro (Argentina) | María Guerreiro (Argentina) | Anne Heyvaert (Spain) | John Hitchock (USA) | Julie Krone (New Zealand) | Alexandra Leeds (Portland, USA) | Nöel Loeschbor (Argentina) | Nico Mazza (Brooklyn, USA) | Adriana Moracci (Argentina) | Toni Mosley (New Zealand) | Santiago Ocampo (Argentina) | Jennifer Pickering (Canada) | Barbara Putnam (USA) | Carlos Scannapieco (Argentina) | Viviana Sierra (Argentina) | Federico Signorelli (Argentina) | Cristina Solía (Argentina) | Laura Tecce (Argentina) | Norma Villarreal (Argentina)
[CYCLES] @ University of Nebraska, USA
Cycles Portfolio was selected through an open call for exhibition during Frogman’s 35th Anniversary Print Workshop. The exhibition was featured at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Weber Fine Arts Building . After the exhibition, the portfolio was donated by Fundación´ace to the Frogman´s Print Workshop collection.
ABOUT FROGMAN´S PRINT WORKSHOP
Frogman’s Print Workshop began humbly back in 1979 when Professor Lloyd Menard led five school teachers from Sioux City, Iowa to the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA, for a drawing class. Prints were first introduced in 1981 and the workshops evolved into the Black Hills Print Symposium which took place at various sites in Western South Dakota, USA.
The Black Hills set an amazingly beautiful backdrop to the workshops, but by 1996, the workshops had outgrown the confines of the Hills and were moved to Beresford, South Dakota, home of Frogman’s Press & Gallery. The workshops would only spend two years based out of Beresford before moving to nearby Vermillion and the University of South Dakota. Frogman’s would call USD home for nearly twenty years.
Later on, in 2016, Frogman’s made the big leap to Nebraska and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where the Frogman took his first ever print class over 50 years ago. Currently, Frogman is directed by Lloyd Menard´s son, Jeremy Menard who is also University of Nebraska at Omaha as their Curator & Visual Resource Manager.
ABOUT UNO (University of Nebraska)
UNO is Nebraska’s metropolitan university — a university with strong academic values and significant relationships with its community that transforms and improves the lives of those on a local, regional, national, and international level.
UNO is dedicated to the city and state of Nebraska. As the University of Nebraska’s metropolitan university campus, no fences or barriers separate students from the opportunities offered by the greater Omaha area. It addresses real issues, providing relevant learning opportunities that uniquely prepare our graduates as professionals and active members of their community.
Gallery Talk | July 8, 2016
Silvana Blasbalg (Argentina) | Carla Beretta (Argentina) | Alicia Candiani (Argentina) | Marcela Casals (USA) | Hera Chan (Canada) | Paola Cohen (Argentina) | Cristina Duro (Argentina) | María Guerreiro (Argentina) | Anne Heyvaert (Spain) | John Hitchock (USA) | Julie Krone (Australia) | Alexandra Leeds (USA) | Nöel Loeschbor (Argentina) | Nico Mazza (USA) | Adriana Moracci (Argentina) | Toni Mosley (New Zealand)| Santiago Ocampo (Argentina) | Jennifer Pickering (Canada) | Barbara Putnam (USA) | Viviana Sierra (Argentina) | Carlos Scannapieco (Argentina) | Federico Signorelli (Argentina) | Cristina Solía (Argentina) | Laura Tecce (Argentina) | Norma Villarreal (Argentina)
Group exhibition ´ace Collection
Territories is an exhibition curated by Adriana Moracci among artworks from the ‘ace collection. The aims of this selection is to allow us to reflect upon political, economic, linguistic and corporal territories. They have been interpreted by contemporary artists through photography, performance and printmaking.
ABOUT TERRITORIES (by Adriana Moracci
Territory is a defined, outlined and demarcated place that provides belonging and identity to whom occupy it. In some cases it is a place to access or emigrate. The territory notion goes beyond a determined border. Although the etymology of the word indicates land or field not every community has its own physical territory, but yes, all have their own idiosyncrasy, language and culture that unites and links. The body is also a territory, one that is always present and constantly changing. A territory that contains and links us with the other, through verbal and corporal language. A territory that enables encounter with the ancestral and the primary.
[Ciclos] Artists talks
Artists in Dialog
As part of the International Project ” [Cycles] Portfolio exchange, there were four group discussions and theoretical support to the project through video-conferences, where we will be discussing issues that make the practice of the printmaking in the contemporary art world context such as, the practice of printmaking in a wide field, collaborative work: portfolios, international projects, residences, new criteria for the commissioners of the international biennial of printmaking, the construction of the work from multiple graphics in public spaces and actions with the community, among other topics.
Group discussions are used as a tool to stimulate sharing of experiences in an informal environment, combining formats of discussion, public participation, and the used of printed material. Given the vast experience of each of the guests, there will be printed material that will support each discussion group: books, catalogs and other portfolios organized by the guests who are already in the library of the Foundation.
These group discussions (in the format of video-conference) are open to everybody, and they are also part of the [Cycles] Program. The last one will be on Monday January 13, 2014.
VIDEO TALKS SERIES
Richard Noyce (UK) | September 20, 2013
Anne Heyvaert (France/Spain) | October 4, 2013
Michael Schneider (Austria) and Patricia Villalobos Echeverría (Nicaragua/USA)| October 18, 2013
John Hitchcock (USA) | January 13, 2014