The risograph is a printing technology defined by its relative simplicity and possibilities for experimentation. Invented in Japan in the 1940s, the technology was imagined as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to photocopy machines. In subsequent decades, riso has become a definitive creative tool for a global network of users including artists, designers, publishers and universities. Riso Bar is a collaborative, long-term exhibition that engages with the vast riso network, exploring the risograph’s potential as a tool for learning and experimentation. A risograph machine forms the core of the exhibition and visitors are invited to use it to create works of their own. In collaboration with SMU’s Hamon Arts Library, Riso Bar includes a curated collection of riso books and zines from all over the world. Riso Bar is a collaborative initiative of Strange Powers Press, a letterpress and risograph studio in Dallas; artists May Makki and Finn Jubak; Recipe Oak Cliff; and the Hamon Arts Library. The exhibition organizers hope Riso Bar will serve as a launching pad for a new riso press in Dallas after the exhibition concludes. To make an appointment to visit, or for further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214.768.4439.
Friday, January 29, 2021 through Saturday, May 15, 2021