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!
Printing Mass Migrations was lively, with many hands helping Rachel Simmons create her installation. Her album is at this link:
We will enjoy the installation through the end of August. Thanks Rachel for a great residency and engagement with everyone at Constellation Studios!
September 4 – November 7, 2015
First Friday Opening Reception, September 4, 6:00 – 8:00
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.
Images by: (top left) Tara Sabharwal, (top right) Jill Ho-You, (bottom) Sean Caulfield
Lots of color, great people, good intensity & energy made for a great week together.
Thank you all!
Here are the folks in the current Constellation Members Show:
Anne Burton is a faculty member at Metro Community College Omaha, where she is teaching printmaking, drawing and 2D design. Here she is with her recent woodcut prints.
Adrian Armstrong is a recent undergrad from UNL, and was a Constellation Studios intern summer 2014. These works are lithographs, and his self portrait is on the right).
Joyce Bingeman is a current UNL grad student in printmaking, and has a small business selling original screen prints at local markets. Her work here is handmade paper with drawing.
Arianna Corredor is a Venezuelan writer and currently living in Lincoln. She has an MFA in creative writing from NYU. Her monoprint series convey the reinterpretation of language through visual art.
Shawn Ballarin received his BFA from UNL and his MFA from Illinois State University. His relief prints investigate color interactions and ink effects.
Camille Hawbaker earned her MFA from UNL in 2014. She has taught surface design and weaving at UNL Department of Textiles. Her works are line etchings on silk, embedded into sewn thread compositions.
David Diaz is originally from Bogata, Colombia, and is currently an MFA student at the University of Texas at Arlington, working with Nancy Palmeri. He is a summer intern at Constellation Studios. His work is rust on metal made thru a vinyl cut stencil.
Skyler Simpson is a current undergrad student at UNL in art and Textiles. She is in the Honors program and a mentor for students through the Thompson Learning Community. She is a summer intern at Constellation Studios.
Kelly Seacrest is a LPS middle school art teacher, and has an art degree in printmaking. She has created interrelationships through overlapping and layered imagery from woodblocks and wood engravings.
Trudie Teijink is originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands and studied art in Ghent, Belgium. She received her MFA from UNL in 2010, and teaches art at SECC and Metro CC. Her mixed media works investigate natural processes and elements of time.
Mary Stoner has her BA in Art Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She is the docent council chair at the Sheldon Museum of Art and coordinator of Sheldon Statewide Classroom Initiative.
Madison Svendgard is an undergraduate student at UNL with an emphasis in printmaking. She studied abroad this summer through the UNL program at SRISA in Florence, Italy, and is a current summer intern at Constellation Studios.
Toan Vuong is from Omaha, and has received his BFA from UNL. He works with organizations such as the LUX Art Center, the Lincoln Art Council, and the Sheldon Museum of Art to encourage community creativity. His series of biographical portraits are woodcuts.
Participate in creating a paper flock of birds made by carving into easy flexi-cut and printing on the letterpress, in response to Simmons’ inquiry into the cycle and impact of birds in our lives. All hands and energies needed for this skylight installation!
Happy Hour Printing Action: Friday, July 24, 4:00 – 7:00
Drop in to contribute and share your story of bird sightings! Cool refreshments and materials provided.
Rachel Simmons teaches foundations, printmaking and book arts at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She creates socially engaged art projects which help students become responsible leaders and active citizens. In 2009, she was awarded the Service-Learning Faculty Award for the State of Florida.
Preserving and sharing viewpoints from Barbara Tetenbaum’s beautiful installation Instructions for Seeing: My Ántonia. Follow the layout, the materiality and typographic play, the visualization that maps connections, all within this immersive presentation. Here is the link to the review by L. Kent Wolgemott, with other great photos: http://journalstar.com/entertainment/visual-art/l-kent-wolgamott-innovative-installation-my-antonia-instructions-for-seeing/article_21c01550-5e9d-5d18-89c6-ce7e75103711.html
July 3 – August 29, 2015
First Friday Opening Reception, July 3, 6 – 8pm
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
A challenging transformation to the gallery space will occur with the residence of Barbara Tetenbaum May 10 – 13 with the installation of My Ántonia: Instructions for Seeing. Barbara will work in collaboration with interns, students and artists to realize this visual presentation of Cather’s beloved novel, through mapping components, a carved wooden interpretation baord, and book stands placed throughout the space. All will culminate with an opening reception on Wednesday May 13, 6 – 8pm.
Workshops and tours, printing large scale, and book signings…..so great to have the energy and participants this winter.
Denise Brady of Gibraltar Press brought by the new book publication she has done, with Karen’s woodcuts included. We signed the books before the launch party held in Omaha.
The etching workshop was successful for processing and developing of detailed images and beautiful lines. We tested how the studio functioned with the vertical tank set up….all very operational and efficient!
UNL grad student Meryl Engler demonstrates her large multi-block color woodcut on the large etching press for the OLLI group studio tour. They are fascinated with all the processes and techniques of printmaking and have a thorough explanation now from the series of detailed demos.
It has been great to host Artists in Residence this winter. In February, Annaday Hiser enjoyed an intensely creative time, working on 4 book projects that she had been incubating for a number of years, using her cyanotype or photogravure images. We collaborated to bring printing, structures, and content together for beautifully rich and meaningful works. She printed woodblock pages, letterpress titles, glued sequences, sewn bindings, all on beautiful tactile papers.
In March we are enjoying Ellen Wiener here in residence to expand her print vocabulary and considerable color sensibilities with woodcut and collagraph monoprinting. A rich tapestry surrounds us with her works in the current exhibition, as well as in the pattern influences that become layered densities, as the work and immersion evolves.
These artists bring great conversations….and now a great reading list from their recommendations!
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.