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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Great Artists in Residence this fall!

Here are some highlights of the Artists in Residence this fall 2015!

Kathy Puzey, Logan, Utah, was in residence for two weeks in September-October.   She is working on woodcut prints of “pieces of wood” – incredibly detailed and layered, that recreates the growth layers.   She is creating these works for a sculptural installation of print objects.   She enjoyed the concentrated time, and to reconnect with friends in Lincoln, as she is a UNL alumna.

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Midori Iizuka, Tokyo, Japan, spent all of October at Constellation Studios.  She drew inspiration from and literally traced the marks of the studio floor.   She captures the random markings as gestures in ink and brush, that will be translated into screen prints onto fabric.  She intends to use the large scale drawing for backdrop to  her performance works.   She also printed woodblocks and created book works, as well as taught a Shibori Tie-Dye workshop.

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Macy Chadwick was Artist in Residence in early November for a week, developing prints for upcoming book projects.   The prints were elegantly spare and beautiful, efficient with cut stencils, color layers, and concepts on breath and air.  And those great pinks!

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Robert L. Mejer, from Quincy, Illinois, was in residence in November for two weeks and saw the season grow colder.   He set a steady pace for himself of productivity and invention, pulling 3 – 4 monoprints each day.   His distinctive water-base monotype methods enable building of color and compositions, with added on collage plates for a one-time-through the press impression.  He is working on prints during his sabbatical for an upcoming solo show.

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Thank you all for being here and contributing to the studio energies and spirit!


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


Shibori Tie-Dye for Paper Workshop

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Sunday, October 25  1:00 – 4:00pm

$40 for workshop and materials

In this workshop participants will make unique papers with colorful tie-dye patterns.   Soft Japanese washi papers and cotton fabric will be used with this traditional technique for contemporary exploration. We will produce beautiful papers that can be used for bookbinding, gift-wrapping, collage, or stationary.   Artist-in-Residence Midori Iizuka, from Tokyo, will lead this workshop for a cultural exchange and opportunity.  All ages welcome.

 

To register:  call Karen 402-429-8239 cell or studio 402-438-0049 or online.

 

 


Artist in Residence Shubho Saha

Shubho Saha, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, spent a week residency at Constellation Studios, where he printed a color woodcut, made handmade paper, assisted printing with Karen, and visited the UNL campus, museums, and Art Department.   He is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts Dhaka University, and is the studio manager of the community print studio of the Bengal Foundation.   He is continuing on with a two month residency at the Salina Art Center, Kansas…….and now we have this great connection with Salina through Shubho and director Bill North.    It was great to share the studio and conversations about so many things……and reminiscing of our many friends in Dhaka!

 

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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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Art at Cedar Point video

Here is the link to a beautiful video of Art at Cedar Point, my summer course taught at UNL Cedar Point Biological Station, near Ogallala, Nebraska.   Created by Kat Shiffler, who has captured the intent of this art and science collaboration.   Watch and enjoy!


Treasures from the Flatfiles

A fun evening was shared with 40 – 50 guests for the Happy Hour House Concert, featuring artist/songwriter Wendy Jane Bantam and musician Marty Steinhausen.

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Then everyone joined in the Constellation Studio Tour and viewing of “Treasures from the Flatfile”.   The drawers were opened one by one for a dazzling display!  My works ranged from grad school etchings, to the latest “just finished” print, to some collectible antique Japanese books, and the scroll print by Tuula Molinen.  Here are the views:

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Artist in Residence John-Mark Schlink

A productive residency for John-Mark as he created large scale woodcut prints, both as unique experimental impressions, and as a “reductive” edition.  He worked fluidly on the large press, and tested papers, registrations, color layers, stencils and details.   Beautiful prints were made – suggestive of architectural blueprints, schematic perspective of imaginary cities, map-like graphics.   Thanks for the dialogue and support!

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STELLAR Small Print – International Invitational

September 4 – November 7, 2015

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

Manuel Alba, France

Maija Albrecht, Finland

Sean Caulfield, Canada

Sheila Goloborotko , Brazil/USA

Hayk Grigoryan, Armenia

Naomi Hashimoto, Japan

Jill Ho-You, Canada

Silvana Martignoni, Italy

Antti Ratalahti, Finland

Tara Sabharwal, India/USA

Miida Seiichiro, Japan

Mariko Ando Spencer, Canada/Japan

Josef Werner, Germany

A global network is drawn between diverse artists and their printworks on an intimate scale. These artists operate on multiple levels in the print community, through exhibiting at international biennales, working in collaborative studios or independently, as mentors and teachers 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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Happy Hour House Concert & Studio Tour

Join us Friday, August 28!

6 – 7:30 music featuring artist/songwriter Wendy Jane Bantam and friends for acoustic “storytelling Americana”
7:30 – 8:00 artist Karen Kunc studio tour and “treasures from the flat files”
Special VIP seating for Lincoln Arts Council CSA patrons! Arrive early. This collaborative event is for building community and art patrons. Free

Wendy and Karen are contributing their art for the LAC Community Supported Art project!

http://artscene.org/what_we_do/csart/

 

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Hand Papermaking Workshop Action Shots!

Thanks everyone for a great workshop!   We first made paper from cotton linters and Half-stuff, and t-shirts.   And then we processed kozo fibers, which we cooked, washed and beat by hand and in the beater.    Great experiments and experiences were enjoyed, and good discussions of the process and history.  Here are some action shots!

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