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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Constellation Studios is proud to join in Earth Day Lincoln as a sponsor, April 12, noon – 5:00, in the Union Plaza park, 21st and P Street, right across the street! While enjoying the trails, activities and mindfulness on our Earth, hop over to Constellation Studios for some fun printing activity to create your own take away print. We will play around with colors and simple “earthy” printable blocks to roll and stamp away all day on this Earth Day celebration!
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.
The first Invitational Ink Day brought several area artists into Constellation Studios for a monotype co-working session. We felt out some of the logistics of having a group working in the space through a fun and experimental approach. It was surprising how fast the time flew and none of us want to wrap up as the day neared an end!
Constellation Studios is featured in Lance’s Journal, with a tour and interview with Karen! This interesting process involves great questions and taping all condensed to the essence in this short video:
Thanks, Lance, for visiting and bring out the great Constellation Studios story!
Constellation Studios has received a nice recognition by the Preservation Association of Lincoln with the 2014 City Center Award, that recognizes outstanding effort in maintaining the vitality of Lincoln’s urban core! An awards ceremony was held on Sunday, March 9th, with Karen Kunc and Kenny Walton recognized along with BVH Architects, here represented by our team leader Dan Worth.