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Cyanotype prints take on new meaning in Cuesta’s ‘Dwelling’ exhibit 

–This summer, Cuesta College’s Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery will host an exhibit that explores domestic space, personal objects, and the concept of ‘home’ through a series of cyanotype work. Artist Emily Gui’s “Dwelling,” runs June 21-July 22 and features altered photographs and drawings that blur the lines between truth and fantasy.

“Until the mid-1900s, the photographic process of cyanotype was used primarily as a means for reproducing architectural drawings, giving these plans the name ‘blue-print,’” said Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery Coordinator Emma Saperstein. “Gui takes the process-focused work and draws largely on its own history, but simultaneously pushes the medium experimentally. The exhibit juxtaposes photographs collected from a range of deliberate locations – museums, junk stores, stranger’s homes – to display personal space with commercial, mass-produced ones. Gui seeks to understand how rooms and houses are built to be functional, yet also made to be full of emotion and memory.”

Emily Gui is an experimental printmaker and mixed-media artist living in San Francisco. She works primarily in cyanotype and often pushes the boundaries of traditional printmaking techniques by layering and combining materials and processes. Gui has exhibited in galleries throughout New York and the Bay Area, including the International Print Center of New York, Wayfarers, ArtBridge, BCB Gallery, Rojas + Rubensteen, NIAD, Artist’s Television Access and The Kala Gallery. This spring she traveled to Maui, HI, and Jönköping, Sweden, for artist residencies and to teach workshops in printmaking. Gui cofounded the Collaborative Arts Mobility Project, an annual experimental artist’s residency, entering its fourth season. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kala Arts Institute since 2015 where she teaches silkscreen and cyanotype. Gui also teaches at the UC Berkeley Art Studio and for the Continuing Education Department at City College of San Francisco. Gui received her B.A. in Studio Arts from Bard College in 2012.

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