Constellation Studios presents an eclectic and beautiful collection of prints by nationally recognized artists who imply narrative incidents, a history and accident of printed marks, and play with illusion into and onto the printed stage or surface. This exhibition is curated by Karen Kunc and gives evidence of the vitality and reach of the print world today. Artists included are: John Ford, Debora Oden, Nick Ruth, Ellen Wiener. This new exhibition opens with a reception on Wednesday, March 11 from 7 – 9pm. The exhibition will extend through April 20.
John Ford creates ethereal etchings of layered memory and immaterial sensibilities set into vague game board structures. Open spaces and inky atmospheres surround the sequences and repetitions of a forgotten memory and abandoned spaces. Ford is a professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
Ellen Wiener composes poetic narratives, panoramic in scale and dense with “thickets of hypnotic pen work”. She draws on the passage of time and references to sixteenth century engravings, navigational tools, literary percussive meter, all to describe transformative tales. Wiener lives and works in Southold, New York, and most recently was a visiting artist at SUNY Stony Brook.
Nick Ruth’s monoprints are radiant landscapes, full of pipes, holes and structures that are present in our complicated world. These anxious and funny depictions give evidence of our desires, and the absurd ways we humans try to control the worlds around us and within us. Ruth is a professor of art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York.
Debora Oden has cultivated the chaos and risk of everyday life into a metaphoric voice. Her beautiful and raw etchings of marks and scratches are a dialogue between the process of living and that of making prints as a record of movement through place and over time. Oden is a professor of art at Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia.