“Young Woman” by Julie CowanSubmitted photos

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Works on paper by Evanston artist Julie Cowan will be on display in the Saw Room of Alley Gallery, 1712 Sherman Ave., Rear 2.

In these printed works, Ms. Cowan starts with a series of photographic images, manipu-lates them electronically, and then layers the images with multiple stages of printmaking and coloring.

The technique is called paper lithography, where the printing plate is made of paper rather than stone, metal, or wood, the more traditional plate materials. When gum Arabic is applied to the paper, the ink becomes tacky. Oil-based ink is rolled onto the paper and only sticks to the image where the gum arabic has caused a chemical reaction.  

All photographic images are taken by the artist and then manipulated in Photoshop. Each work is a series of four to nine individual prints or separate plates.

Ms. Cowan says, “Invisibility derives from a person’s place amongst others. A person is made to feel invisible by the gaze of the other who does not see them. Take a look at these portraits and see each stranger – imperfect, obscure, confounding – and agree to recognize that person. Through this recognition, we can find love.”

The Alley Gallery will hold two artist’s receptions: from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 14 and on Feb. 4. The exhibit continues through Feb. 26.