New exhibit opening at Merced College gallery

Merced College Art Gallery is scheduled to present an exhibition of printmaking by California artist Martin Azevedo, titled “Building Steam.”

This exhibition will open March 31 and continue until April 17. The public is invited to a reception with the artist 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 2. The reception is free to the public, although parking is enforced, according to a Merced College press release.

Azevedo’s interest in art goes back to his days in junior college in Central California before he received a bachelor’s degree in art from California State University, Chico. He also received his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at Ohio State University and has been a lecturer for several semesters.

His current work and imagery relies heavily upon the use of symbolism and ideas of archetypes as a way of understanding the world. His interest is in the simplicity of an image and its ability to convey the same, or different idea or meaning to a group or individual, according to the release.

Important in his process, the release says, is the laborious nature of his drawing, carving and printing. The process allows for reflection and response to each part of an image. Ink on paper has a richness that is different from all other mediums. Printmaking allows for variation and experimentation from a key drawing. Possibilities are open for exploration due to the ability to replicate the original; the image can be changed by adding or subtracting, never in a final state until the decision is made to stop after multiple versions have been printed.

Azevedo’s work has been shown and collected throughout the United States and in Mexico and China. He currently teaches and resides in Columbus, Ohio.