Nine artists from the region were invited to design and carve their own large woodblock for printing impressions at Constellation Studios, which took place in May with one-by-one printing sessions at the studio. The 9 large 24” x 36” black and white prints will make a composite Artwork that will be wheat-pasted around Lincoln. The presentation will be 108” tall x 72” wide. Sites include: Lux Art Center, Constellation Studios, The Hub Cafe, The Mill Haymarket, Bennett Martin Library, Bethany Library, Woods Park Bath House, Joyo Theater, Goldenrod Pastries. #NineNebraskaArtists
Byron Anway, Lincoln
Ryan Crotty, Auburn
Nancy Friedemann- -Sánchez, Lincoln
Gerardo Meza, Lincoln
Nathan Murray, Lincoln
Kyle Nobles, Lincoln
Sarah Rowe, Omaha
Bart Vargas, Omaha
Kat Wiese, Lincoln
The Artwork is a temporary installation, with the paper prints attached with wheat starch (wallpaper) paste to the wall surface. The installation will be affected by weather and moisture, lasting for approximately 2 months, and will be allowed to change, as part of the ephemeral nature of the materials, the climate conditions, and time.
Nine different sites are planned, and will present engagement for different viewing audiences and experiences, plus create a recurrent connection throughout the city.
These woodblock prints are unusually striking for the strong contrast of dark and light, the captured energy of the carving marks, and the variety of images and symbols that convey timely messages and layers of meaning.
A culminating event will be steamroller printing of these blocks for the Lux Art Center Festival in August. Other artists are invited to join with additional carved woodblocks for the steamroller printing activity. Watch for more info.
This community-wide print event is a facet of this summer’s collaborative exhibition Surface Impressions: International Print Exhibition, and highlights the relief printing process. The exhibition is held jointly at Constellation Studios and Lux Art Center.