Rainbow: A Print Invitational

Constellation Studios presents Rainbow, an exhibition of vibrant color and the study of its printed effects.   Printmakers effectively use the blending of colors with “split fountains” and “rainbow rolls” for continuous gradations that belie the flatness of plate or block – that imply printed kitsch and bravura, creating dynamic spatial illusions. The printing of luminous layers create complex patterns, or individuated swatches of color steps – suggesting the multiplicity of individual parts adding to the whole, as a social metaphor or visual phenomenon. This exhibition is a glowing symphony of color at play and work in contemporary form. Nationally recognized artists include: Mildred Beltre, Vermont; Laura Berman, Missouri; Jeffrey Dell, Texas; Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson as Midwest Pressed, Iowa;   Juergen Strunck, Texas.

 

Join us at Constellation Studios for an opening reception on Friday, February 19, 7 – 9pm.

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Open Studio Treasures

Works by Karen Kunc

Extended Viewing Opportunity, February 5 First Friday, 6 – 8pm

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Prints, monoprints, drawings, artist books by Karen Kunc.  View specialty works of shaped and elongated formats, and the complete Urban/Rural Divide Series.   The exhibition includes the new Oscillation Shift, awarded the Art in Print “Prix de Print”, selected by juror David Storey who states:   “Kunc understands the territory that is the surface of a print.   She can take a sheet of paper and make it live.”

Exhibition December 4, 2015 – February 5, 2016


Closeup: STELLAR small prints

This beautiful show needs to be seen up close!   So here is a selection of images to give some perspective on these STELLAR prints and the installation.  Living with them in the studio is inspiring.    It is an honor to have these works here, and to connect with these artists, their concepts and talents.  Thank you all!

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STELLAR Small Prints: International Invitational Exhibition

September 4 – November 7, 2015

First Friday Opening Reception, September 4, 6:00 – 8:00

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A global network is drawn between diverse artists and their printworks on an intimate scale. The exhibition includes: Maija Albrecht, Finland; Hayk Grigoryan, Armenia; Tara Sabharwal, India/USA; Mariko Ando Spencer, Canada/Japan; Sheila Goloborotko, Brazil/USA; Antti Ratalahti, Finland; Jill Ho-You, Canada; Josef Werner, Germany; Manuel Alba, France; Naomi Hashimoto, Japan; Silvana Martignoni, Italy; Sean Caulfield, Canada; Miida Seiichiro, Japan.  These artists operate on multiple levels in the print community, through exhibiting at international biennales, working in collaborative studios and independently, as artist mentors that elucidate and interpret print culture through their craft and concept.    The quality of their vision is expressed through an attentive nature and handwork, while understanding the impact of ink and impression.

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Images by:  (top left) Tara Sabharwal, (top right) Jill Ho-You, (bottom) Sean Caulfield


Constellation Members Show

July 3 – August 29, 2015

First Friday Opening Reception, July 3, 6 – 8pm

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Featuring the energy and spirit of those who have worked and enlivened this inaugural year at Constellation Studios. Current and occasional members will show a diverse array of print media works. Exhibiting artists include: Shawn Ballarin, Joyce Bingeman, Anne Burton, Arianna Corredor, David Diaz, Camille Hawbaker, Karen Kunc, Kelly Seacrest, Skyler Simpson, Madison Svendgard, Toan Vong, Trudie Teijink, Mary Stoner


Blue Moment Exhibition

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A new winter exhibition features the color blue used in the prints of Karen Kunc, and others, selected from the Constellation Studios collection.   The Blue Moment alludes to the refraction of light off snow and ice crystals, and the light transitioning in winter twilight.    Exhibition dates are January 14 – February 28, with an opening reception on Wednesday, January 14, 6:00 -8:00pm


New WallWorks artist Jeremy Johnson

Lincoln artist Jeremy Johnson has executed his largest painting ever, and probably his first outdoor mural, created for Constellation Studios ongoing WallWorks public art project.  This new addition to brings painterly atmospheric abstraction, a sense of voids and spheres, gestural drips and tendrils.    We all watched in amazement as Jeremy responded each day to his stenciling props of sticks and antlers, his energetic layering with spray and brush, as he responds intuitively to the paint and the surrounding at large.   Many passers-by were interested and engaged in dialogue with this intelligent and driven artist.   Jeremy holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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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


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.


The Space Between

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Considerations abound with this poetic trope, readily calling forth questions on relationships, transformations, comparisons, distances, and rhythmic impulses. A wide array of prints curated from the Constellation Studios collection provide a rich context for a selection of prints by Karen Kunc. Prints in all media are included by national and international artists: Gregory Amenoff, Mark Anderson, Susan Belau, Anne Burton, John Driesbach, Jenni Freidman, Adele Henderson, Nona Hershey, Robert Jančovič, Cezary Keilor, Kent Kapplinger, Wayne Kimball, David Knox, Inari Krohn, Kristen Martincic, Turner McGehee, Peggy Prentice, Philip Von Raabe, Sahal El Sabour, Trudie Teijink, Barbara Tetenbaum, Stanislaw Wegman, and many others.


April 4th First Friday Gallery Walk – Last Chance to see “Of Process”

Join Constellation Studios on the First Friday Gallery Walk 6:00 – 9:000m.   This will be the last chance to see the exhibition “Of Process:  Drawings, Blocks, Prints by Karen Kunc”.  View her new print “Sending & Receiving”, delicate transmissions occur across the diaphanous space between looming structures.

 

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