Exhibition views of Instructions for Seeing: My Ántonia

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

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Constellation Members Show

July 3 – August 29, 2015

First Friday Opening Reception, July 3, 6 – 8pm

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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


My Ántonia: Instructions for Seeing

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.

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Active Studio!

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.

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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!

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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.

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Artists in Residence

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.

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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!

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Incidents & Accidents: A Print Invitational Exhibition

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 


Annual LPG Print Sale

Support emerging artists!  See what is new and hot off the presses!

Featuring: etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, screenprints, artist books, handmade Valentines, faculty and grad raffle, and special woodcut printed T-shirts.

Friday, February 13, 5 – 9pm

Saturday, February 14, 9am – 5pm

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Interesting Patterns!

A winter Saturday brought clear skies and folks for the Patterned Papers Workshop.    Lots of color and innovations were shared for the paste papers.   See the combed designs by Kerry –

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And the marbling made intricate designs – and a learning curve for all – as colors and patience made beautiful  patterns.   See Jennifer floating the colors, then lay the sheet for the transfer of the combed bouquets –

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It was great to have all of you here for the workshop!


Blue Moment Exhibition

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A new winter exhibition features the color blue used in the prints of Karen Kunc, and others, selected from the Constellation Studios collection.   The Blue Moment alludes to the refraction of light off snow and ice crystals, and the light transitioning in winter twilight.    Exhibition dates are January 14 – February 28, with an opening reception on Wednesday, January 14, 6:00 -8:00pm


Studio accomplishments – big prints & great sounds

It feels great to have completed the editioning for Nancy Friedemann’s dramatic large, detailed woodcut, just this past Wednesday.   Here is the team of us at work:  Karen,  Joyce Bingeman student assistant, and Nancy!   The luscious dark ink is glistening and the rollers flying.

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We hosted a beautiful invitational Publishing Party, at the end of October, to announce the release of the three Constellation Studios Publications by Nancy Friedemann, Kim Reid Kuhn, and Karen Kunc.  Beautiful food and art and patrons!

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And the special recital on November 20th by Jarod Hiscock, Jenny  Smith, and The Skyros String Quartet was exhilarating.   An architectural sense of space and sound was at play, through the beautiful, rich voices and music.   Thanks to all for a memorable experience.

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Recital with Jared Hiscock, November 20, 7:30pm

“Songs of Samuel Barber (1910-1981)” will be performed by baritone Jared Hiscock, a doctoral student in the UNL Glen Korff School of Music.    Featuring Jenny Smith, mezzo-soprano, Denis Plutalov, pianist, and the Skyros String Quartet.  The recital is free, with a reception to follow.

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Fresh Prints Constellation Studios Publications

Announcing the release of new prints by Nancy Friedemann, Kim Ried Kuhn, and Karen Kunc.   These stunning prints are by notable regional artists, who have brought their vision to the woodcut process, offering their own unique visual voice, paired with quality hand production that is a hallmark of Constellation Studios and master printmaker Karen Kunc.   These limited edition prints are available for purchase and exhibition.   For inquiries on the prints and artists please contact hello@constellation-studios.net

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