Migrations is a huge gallery installation printed by handcast rubber stamps and ink of iconic images created by UNL students, inspired by Visiting Artist Suhka Worob. The possibility to carve and cast one’s own rubber stamps enables unique icons for repeat printing and layers to accumulate and evolve. The students did the stamping and printing on the large gallery wall, creating patterning and concepts of mass migrations – of birds, insects, herds, people, and the conveyances that transport the many individuals that make up the whole.
Worob will present his own print works on paper in a concurrent exhibition. He has developed this innovative casting process and DIY attitude to create with stamping and rollers for large scale printing impact of a myriad of symbols and signs.
Artist Statement: “My work is created using hand-cast rubber rollers covered in raised dots. The rollers are inked up using cyan, yellow, magenta and black. The dots and colors reference the building blocks of printed ephemera. During printing, patterns and images begin to emerge out of the random color relationships and dot placements. The resulting color relationships and images ask the viewer and participating creator to examine their interest in seeking deeper meaning and context for what is, at its core, just random chance.”
Reef is a multi-layered print installation in which printed patterns from woodblocks merge in radiant atmospheres of color. Printed onto translucent Japanese papers, the images seem to accumulate like colonies of microscopic corals, schools of floating plankton, and reference the largest single structure built by living organisms on earth, the endangered Great Barrier Reef.
Also on view are new artist books and prints by Karen Kunc.
Thank you everyone for joining in with such good spirit of work, sharing, intensity and experimentation. It was fun and challenging to steer the energy and questions…..a great learning experience for all! Here are some of the works and students!
Marnix & Veronique came from Ghent, Belgium for a two week residency at Constellation Studios. Marnix developed his copperplate etchings with non-toxic BIG ground and acrylic aquatint for a new print series that suggests science-like instructions and images. While Veronique developed her own cut paper image sources from design magazines to create meticulous and humorous collages. They enjoyed summertime and fireworks in Lincoln, and their time for a creative retreat. So great to have you here and look for your return soon so we can continue our conversations!
Waves of Richesis a beautiful installation that includes prints, and books, and the installation of a large, layered paper multi-print work. Here are some photos to capture the sense of the installation, thanks to photographer Ann Sherman. On view May 18 – July 15, 2017.
Sarah Turner, an artist from Detroit, was in residence at Constellation Studios for two weeks in April. She worked on a series of prints made from inked objects and found materials, transferring detailed impressions, that literally spoke about form and function, of everyday detritus, and elegant simplicity. She delighted in her discoveries from the hardware and thrift stores, and how to find the right pressure to capture the hidden textures.
Works in print and wood by Kathy Puzey & Sara Tabbert
June 2 – July 22
First Friday Opening Reception June 2, 6-8pm
These artists use wood for carving sculptural objects and as a matrix block to print from onto paper. Their work in art-making is, in essence, to deconstruct this “once living” material, and then reconstruct the life force of the universal tree via their images and embedded meanings. Carved panels, prints, and installation lead us through their creative actions onto raw material – actions that can be seen as violent, necessary, ritualized, and even reverent.
Kathy Puzey grew up in Utah, as is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Utah State University. She earned her MFA from UNL in 2001, then held positions at the KNH Center in Nebraska City, the Anderson Ranch Art Center, and has been an artist in residence at Fiskers Art Colony, Finland. She has received recognition with an Artist Fellowship from the Utah Arts Council in 2011, and a USU College Arts Teacher of the Year. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.
Sara Tabbert was raised in Alaska, went to Grinnell College in Iowa, and received her MFA from UNL in 1997. She now works as an independent artist in Fairbanks. On the way she held interesting positions as a children’s camp leader, bike tour guide, cook & baker at park lodges, while conducting engagements as an Artist in the Schools. She has been an artist in residence at: Zygote Press, Cleveland; Montana Artists Refuge, Basin; Proyecto ACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Artist in the Parks programs in Denali National Park , Zion National Park, Isle Royale National Park. She has won numerous public art commissions throughout Alaska, and Alaska State Council on the Arts Career Opportunity Grants. She presented a solo show at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and has exhibited in numerous venues.
7 women printmakers reference maps and mapping using symbolic conventions of space and visual cues from the world of information, printed matter, and inherited narratives. The works investigate visual cacophony and information loss, imagined spaces, shifting climatic conditions, and where the journey is the destination.
Diana Behl, Brookings, South Dakota
Sage Dawson, St. Louis, Missouri
Tallmadge Doyle, Eugene, Oregon
Jill Jepsen, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nichole Maury, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Emma Nishimura, Toronto, Canada
Carrie Ann Plank, San Francisco, California
(Presented to compliment the 2017 Great Plains Symposium “Flat Places, Deep Identities: Mapping Nebraska and the Great Plains”, March 30-31, 2017)
Thumbnail sketches, tracings, and preparatory drawings highlight the work before printing begins. Doodles and intuitive marks evolve into graphite ‘planning cartoons’ drawn to scale with delicate passages and rhythmic energy that form concept and unknown adventure. Selections of Karen Kunc’s drawings are paired with her colorful woodcut prints that result from the mark-making impetus.
Shiho, from Tokyo, Japan, spent the month of November at Constellation Studios, and worked well in the rhythm of life in Lincoln, and with her own creative discipline. She planned and accomplished a large multi-sheet monoprint that addresses the subtleties of luxury fabrics and the fashion world. She also experimented with drypoint prints made from thousands of minute scratches on plastic plates, that she printed with water-base inks. This technique, new for her, enabled her to make a small series of journal-like images from her experiences in Nebraska, and then a complex 4 part detailed image of a model on the runway and the audience. Shiho demonstrated incredible persistence and patience to realize her print projects! All so impressive for our First Friday visitors. Thanks for your residency Shiho!