Thom O’Connor, Polymer Prints 

When: Feb. 8-March 3 2013

What: Sometimes the best teachers are the ones we curse as sons-of-bitches in the moment and grow to appreciate later. That was more or less the case when Erika Schneider, master printer and owner of Tampa’s Bleu Acier gallery and printmaking atelier, faced off with Thom O’Connor. For three of the most trying years of her life, Schneider toiled at the fundamentals — and then the endless technicalities — of fine art printmaking at SUNY Albany under the tutelage of O’Connor, a stickler for perfection who had begun his career at the legendary Tamarind Lithography Workshop. Thirty-two years later, Schneider hosts a tribute exhibition, Thom O’Connor, Polymer Prints, to honor the professor who changed her life. (Had she arrived in Paris after grad school for a printmaking apprenticeship without his discipline, she would have broken in a second, Schneider says.) The selection of photo-based prints reveals O’Connor’s intense interest in the poetic minimalism of everyday objects, like an espresso cup, and landscapes; the exhibition title refers to the non-toxic photogravure process used to make them. —Megan Voeller

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