Expansive in impact – Grand Scale prints

The large-scale prints of artist Karen Kunc are exhibited together for the first time in the new fall show Grand Scale, at Constellation Studios.   Created throughout Kunc’s career, these works encompass her abstract vocabulary of landscape sources, elemental forms, and evolutionary forces. that inspire sensory immersion.  Executed in her signature color woodcut process, these prints possess graphic power, the resonance of physically demanding carving and printing, the effects of peripheral vision and perceptional color actions.solace-and-frenzy-1988


Great summer workshops – Thank you!

I have enjoyed great teaching in workshops here at Constellation Studios and in my summer travels to Anderson Ranch Art Center and Penland School of Crafts.    Thanks to everyone who made the experiences so rewarding and engaging!

This week I taught the Japanese  Mokuhanga watercolor woodblock printmaking method, and we all learned to balance the nuances of Ink, Water, Wood – how the paper held the color, the pressure from the baren, fine tuning our wood carving skills, and sharing space and success.

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The first week of August was beautiful in the Colorado mountains, where I was hosted at Anderson Ranch.   My workshop on Text & Image to Book was very experimental with mixed print media and approaches.   Presses were humming for woodcuts and collagraphs, along with movable type on the backpack SCOPE press.    Beautiful books were made by everyone, expanding and gathering pages of stories, tributes, textures, word play.

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Print Publication with Kim Reid Kuhn

Constellation Studios Publications venture brought Visiting Artist Kim Reid Kuhn to the studio for some hot printing of a wild woodcut in a week-long residency!    Kim has a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and exhibits regionally, and is poised for national exposure.   She is one of the co-owners of the Sweatshop Gallery, an unconventional art space and music venue in Omaha’s thriving Benson neighborhood.      Watch for a Publishing Party coming in the fall to unveil this amazing print!

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Artist in Residence Sanaz Haghashi

Sanaz is an Iranian artist currently residing in Bozeman, Montana.   Her graphic design and art training from the University of Sooreh gives her strong abilities that she uses for new woodcut prints that test fine line details and gives a flowing mosaic-like pattern for an iconic woman/self-portrait.   Sanaz is developing her art for graduate school applications and her future education.

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New Workshops ahead!

Upcoming summer workshop Ink, Water, Wood:   Mokuhanga Woodblock Printmaking, August 14 – 17, will be a good introduction and complement to my signature workshop Color Woodcut Printmaking, October 16 – 20.

This traditional Japanese watercolor woodblock printing method will be focus of the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference, which I am helping to coordinate as a member and chair of the International Board.   I have a personal mission to develop the aesthetics, techniques and various approaches to woodcut prints world wide.   This immersion into Ink, Water, Wood will refresh my experiences and prime me for the conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 10 – 13.

 

Following on the great success of June’s woodcut printmaking workshop, I will again offer Color Woodcut Printmaking Workshop, around our fall break time.   Lots of interest and limited places, so make plans to join in.   Here are some nice prints created in the workshop, and some of the great people who made those prints!

 


More People!

Artist in Residence Susan Eriksson was at Constellation Studios the first week of June.  Susan is a mixed media artist, educator and geologist from Boulder, Colorado, who makes sculpture and installations from carved wood.   She explored the printed transferal of her carved marks from blocks to paper, and will integrate these concepts into future work, referring to geologic strata and natural forms.

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And meet this additional group of interns and volunteers who have contributed to the energy and development of Constellation Studios this spring!   Thank you Mary, Adrian, Marissa, Ella, Matt, and Adrienne!

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It was an honor to have artist and friend Jaune Quick-to-See Smith visit Constellation Studios during her whirlwind visit to Lincoln last week.    Thank you Jaune for your support and insight on what this worksite means to our community.

 


Mural viewpoints

Here is a composite view of details from the Blue Heron, as I am on the high scaffold level,  finishing the mural last week.   Things got into a good working rhythm with afternoon shade and great weather to keep the paint into that plastic state to push and pull the colors for blending and layers….really was fun to make the whole wall activated with energy, color and brush strokes.    The best for me was to work  on this scale and make  details happen up close, realizing that no one will be this close again!   See how this all contributes to the overall effect…and was worth it!   Thanks again to all who helped me with the mural last fall, and who have been watching the progress this spring!

We had a great First Friday Celebration, and Spencer completed his WallWorks mural that afternoon.   His painting is very intense, with interlocking design and illusions in a ‘street art” style.   Congratulations and Thank you Spencer!


People & Workshop!

In the midst of a great group of people for the first Color Woodcut Workshop at Constellation Studios this week, and what phenomenal energy and excitement from everyone!   The studio is working out beautifully, and so are the prints…..how exciting to have new color layers bring about big changes.   I enjoy the conceptualizing and problem-solving with everyone….and these folks are fully engaged so we are all learning and  artistically growing.   Artists are here from the east coast, the middle regions, the Rockies, and from around here!   Thanks everyone for joining in this experience, and for the next couple of days of printing woodcuts.


Mural & WallWorks Progress With June First Friday Celebrations

Work will begin again this spring on the mural, with the goal to finish and refine, as I am eager to adjust and detail this large painting.   I will be on the high level again, weather permitting!   Keep watching the changes and the impact of this landmark public artwork.

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Also follow the first WallWorks temporary mural painting being made by Spencer Pacheco.   He is starting this week, with impressive free-hand drawing to lay out the complex interlocking design.  Then he plans to add intense color and dramatic graphic interplay.   Spencer is a UNL art student, whose proposal was accepted for this visible exposure.

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We are holding a celebration on, First Friday June 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Read more on our event page.


Artist-in-Residence Christine Style

It was great to have Christine in the studio in late April for a week residency.   Chris is a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and it was an honor to host her while she is on sabbatical.   She worked on an exchange portfolio print edition, and also became deeply involved into the complex carving of a large scale relief block!   We shared good travel stories, viewing the beautiful song scrolls she brought from India, and some concentrated time in the studio.   Thanks Chris for your ideas and support!

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Artist-in-Residence Brian Curling

What a great and productive residency for Brian Curling at Constellation Studios!   Working in the “most beautiful print studio”, Brian carved and printed a multilayered color reduction woodcut on exceeding thin Japanese kozo papers, that he sews together, allowing for the layers to optically mix and float open to reveal the illusive image.   Really a beautiful print created in early April, while spring is struggling here.    Brian presented a Gallery Talk on his circular path of his influences and life to a packed crowd of students, friends, and his former professors, all joining for conversations and a treats.

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