Our Skyline Lino Block Session

Theme:  Respond to the historic linoleum block print by noted Nebraska art teacher Gladys Lux created in the 1930’s of the Lincoln skyline with the state capitol building under construction. We will similarly be influenced by Our Skyline in a myriad of approaches: views of our state capitol, downtown, local buildings, urban construction, iconic Nebraska landmarks, rural settings and structures, our open skies, nature silhouettes of trees and grasses, and conceptual ideas.

Activity: Join in onsite creative sessions, for mentoring, and to carve the “easy-to-carve” lino blocks. Photo and graphic source images will be on hand for generating ideas, and artists can bring their own source images. Printing assistants will run the presses to print from the blocks during the sessions.   Studio tools are available to use on site, and good quality paper for the impressions will be provided.   Your time commitment: 1 – 2 hours during a session.

Fee: There is a $10 participation fee, which covers one linoleum block 8” x 10”, and two print impressions, one of which will be used for the exhibition, one will be for the artist to take.

Pay onsite, or register online at: www.constellation-studios.net

RSVP for creative sessions, by phone or email, or online registration:

To be held at Constellation Studios, 21st & ‘O’ Street, Lincoln

  • Wednesday October 18, drop in between 5 – 10pm
  • Tuesday, October 24, drop in between 6-10pm
  • Our Skyline Exhibition: October 27 – November 11
  • First Friday Reception, November 3, 6-8pm
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Reception for Migrations! and Works on Paper by Sukha Worob

Reception Friday, September 22, 6-8pm

Meet the Artists!

Migrations is a huge gallery installation printed by handcast rubber stamps and ink of iconic images created by UNL students, inspired by Visiting Artist Suhka Worob.    The students carved and cast their own rubber stamps, and did the stamping and printing on the large gallery wall, creating patterning and concepts of mass migrations – of birds, insects, herds, people, and the conveyances that transport the many individuals that make up the whole.

Worob will present his own print works on paper in a concurrent exhibition.   He has developed this innovative casting process and DIY attitude to create with stamping and rollers for large scale printing impact of a myriad of symbols and signs.

Worob grew up in a small community in the high desert landscape of Prescott, Arizona, and currently lives in Bozman, Montana. Worob obtained his BFA in Printmaking from Northern Arizona University in 2006, MFA in Printmaking from Montana State University in 2011, and M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University in 2015. Worob’s work explores contemporary approaches to the printmaking multiple through works on paper as well as installation and interactive works. Worob’s work is primarily driven by his history in communal living and observation of the potential of humanity when set upon a common goal. Worob has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

 

 


Migrations! Collaborative Stamping Project by UNL Print Students. And Works on Paper by Sukha Worob

September 22 – October 21

Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE

Reception Friday, September 22, 6-8pm

Meet the Artists!

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Migrations is a huge gallery installation printed by handcast rubber stamps and ink of iconic images created by UNL students, inspired by Visiting Artist Suhka Worob.   The possibility to carve and cast one’s own rubber stamps enables unique icons for repeat printing and layers to accumulate and evolve.   The students did the stamping and printing on the large gallery wall, creating patterning and concepts of mass migrations – of birds, insects, herds, people, and the conveyances that transport the many individuals that make up the whole.

Worob will present his own print works on paper in a concurrent exhibition.   He has developed this innovative casting process and DIY attitude to create with stamping and rollers for large scale printing impact of a myriad of symbols and signs.

Artist Statement: “My work is created using hand-cast rubber rollers covered in raised dots. The rollers are inked up using cyan, yellow, magenta and black. The dots and colors reference the building blocks of printed ephemera. During printing, patterns and images begin to emerge out of the random color relationships and dot placements. The resulting color relationships and images ask the viewer and participating creator to examine their interest in seeking deeper meaning and context for what is, at its core, just random chance.”


upcoming: Book Arts Exhibition: Metropolis & Invisible Cities

October 21 – December 24, 2016

Opening Reception Friday October 21, 6 – 8pm

Metropolis is a handmade book venture in a spectrum of printmaking processed by artists from around the world, including two from Constellation Studios. The theme speaks to the broad contemporary urban experience and extends to the idea of the network of communication possible today.

The idea for this collaboration came from Berlin-based artist Andreas Kramer who prints at Centro Internazionale della Grafica (CIG) in Venice where Metropolis was realized under the guidance of master bookmaking Silvano Gosparini and where the Renaissance legacy of traditional Venetian book publishing continues.

Among the 303 interpretations of this theme, the reader is destined to discover reflections of one’s own meandering thoughts about ‘metropolis’.   The leoporella (accordion) construction enhances this stream-of-consciousness effect as it stretches fully to 215 feel.   Ideas circling forwards and backwards through compositional and iconic connections and diversions make an impression underlined by the haptic qualities of the media where ink makes sculptural lines on paper.

What lingers is a metropolis of the mind, a crazy-creative vitality mirroring the variability and vicissitudes of existence, and inspiring a continuing interaction, and a visually challenging mix.

Participants come from: Australia, Japan, Brazil, USA, Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, UK, France, Spain, Tunisia, Canada.   The edition of three has been circulating on exhibition in Italy, Germany, USA and most recently in Sao Paolo, Brazil, most recently at the Katzen Rotunda Gallery, American University, Washington, DC. This is the premier exhibition in the mid-west.

CONCURRENT WITH Metropolis: An exhibit of Artists’ books and folios on the theme of Invisible Cities

Artists respond to the concept from a novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino, Le citta invisibili, published in Italy in 1972. In Calvino’s story Marco Polo reports on cities across the empire that he purportedly has visited, to the emperor Kublia Khan. Organized in a mathematical structure. Calvino’s descriptions are fantastical, of dream-like cities all named after women. Following each eleven descriptions, the two men discuss ideas brought forward by the tales such as notions of human nature and linguistics.

Artists from across the USA and international artist join to respond to Metropolis with a new project Invisible Cities.   Over 200 artists have contributed a folio page to construct a new leporello book to be produced at Constellation Studios. Others have made their own artist book on this theme.   Also included with be artist bookworks from Constellation Studios collection.

Contact:

Karen Kunc   karen@constellation-studios.net   402-438-0049

Further information:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fREObY60_vY

http://www.italianculturalsociety.org/metropolis-an-artists-book-with-303-prints-by-303-artists-from-17-countries/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Cities

 


Lining: Sheathing Installation Exhibition

Collaborative Installation by Denise Bookwalter & Lee Emma Running

June 24 – July 23, 2016

Residency June 14 – 24

Opening reception June 24, 6 – 8pm

Lining: Sheathing is an exhibition experience that explores texture, handwork and embellishment inspired by the human urge to house the body and decorate environments.   This installation concept presents volumes of materials that have been printed with textile content and historical designs, covering an enclosure space built for viewers to enter while enveloped in special wrappings for an immersive experience.   Artists Denise Bookwalter and Lee Emma Running have collaborated for a year on this multi-faceted concept, which culminates with their residency at Constellation Studios to realize this elaborate and ambitious project.


Lining: Shealthing Residency In Process

Denise Bookwalter and Lee Emma Running have been working for two weeks to realize the installation project Lining: Sheathing.    In the studio they have made huge handmade papers sheets, printed onto the paper with laser cut woodblocks for repeat patterns, and assembled and sewn fabrics to construct a shelter in the gallery space.   Here are some images of works in progress:

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A room size tent enclosure, inspired by Yurts and other nomadic domestic structures,  is the core of the installation.   It will be covered with canvas walls that have been screen printed with a variety of designs, such as Fair Isle knits, traditional crewel work embroidery, an image of a “whorl” of wool, or a “bloom” of cotton.   Hand dyed silk lines the interior of the tent structure of a shadow like pattern, using the image of a cotton boil that was laser cut into plexi glass and clamped with the silk, for resist dip-dying on the delicate material.  Inside the dark space of the tent a bed-sized platform will be covered with two hand-embroidered felt blankets.   Large handmade papers of Iowa grown kozo fiber will be made during the residency, and then printed with laser engraved woodblocks, that will be hung on the gallery walls.    Lining:  Sheathing gives evidence of a love of textiles, while reflecting the beauty of materials that protect and house the body.  

 

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Denise Bookwalter works in a range of print media including traditional and digital processes, artist’s books, installations and dimensional prints.   Her artists’ books utilize old and new print technologies to create collaborative artists’ books. The National Endowment of the Arts funded her most recent collaborative artists book, Rain/fall. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues nationally as well as internationally. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking. Denise currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an Associate Professor of Art at Florida State University where she teaches printmaking and is Area Head of the Printmaking Department.  She is the director and a founding member of Florida State University’s artists book press, Small Craft Advisory Press.

 

 Lee Emma Running is trained as a traditional papermaker and sculptor. She is currently an Associate Professor at Grinnell College and received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1999 and an MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City KS, the Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg PA, and the Rijeka Museum of Contemporary Art, Rijeka Croatia. She’s been granted residencies at The Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Artists Residency, Penland School of Crafts and Anchor Graphics, and was in residence in the fall of 2015 at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. She is represented by Olsen Larson Gallery.


Metropolis & Invisible Cities Exhibition

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Interpretations on Urbanity

October 21 – December 24, 2016

Opening Reception, Friday, October 21, 6-8pm

Metropolis is a handmade book venture in a spectrum of printmaking processes by artists from around the world, including two from Constellation Studios. The theme speaks to the broad contemporary urban experience and extends to the idea of the network of communication possible today.

The idea for this collaboration came from Berlin-based artist Andreas Kramer who prints at Centro Internazionale della Grafica (CIG) in Venice where Metropolis was realized under the guidance of master bookmaking Silvano Gosparini and where the Renaissance legacy of traditional Venetian book publishing continues.

Among the 303 interpretations of this theme, the reader is destined to discover reflections of one’s own meandering thoughts about ‘metropolis’.   The leporello (accordion) construction enhances this stream-of-consciousness effect as it stretches fully to 215 feet.   Ideas circling forwards and backwards through compositional and iconic connections and diversions make an impression underlined by the haptic qualities of the media where ink makes sculptural lines on paper.

What lingers is a metropolis of the mind, a crazy-creative vitality mirroring the variability and vicissitudes of existence, and inspiring a continuing interaction, and a visually challenging mix.

Participants come from: Australia, Japan, Brazil, USA, Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, UK, France, Spain, Tunisia, Canada.   The edition of three has been circulating on exhibition in Italy, Germany, USA and most recently in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and at the Katzen Rotunda Gallery, American University, Washington, DC. This is the premier exhibition in the mid-west.

CONCURRENT is Invisible Cities, an exhibit of artists’ books and folios destined to become a collaborative leporello book that present new interpretations of urbanity. The theme is inspired by the imaginative novel Le citta invisibili by Italian writer Italo Calvino, published in Italy in 1972 in which Marco Polo reports to Emperor Kublia Khan on fantastical, dream-like cities all named after women that he purportedly visited. This book is organized in a mathematical structure. After each eleven descriptions, the two men discuss ideas that evolve from the tales, reflecting on human nature and linguistics.

It remains to be seen what ideas, images and symbology the 150+ US national and international artists will contribute expressing the evolving new experience of real, ideal and virtual contemporaneous and futuristic  city life.


Letterpress/Poetry Connection Reception & Dialogue

Join a gathering of poets and printers at Constellation Studios on Sunday, March 13 between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to celebrate the letterpress/poetry connection with light refreshments, broadsides and books to view and collect, and poets and printers available to discuss their work. The reception, open to the public, follows a 2 p.m. reading by poets Steve Langan, Laura Madeline Wiseman, and Bradford Tice at the Bennett Martin Library. (See the CIty of Lincoln Libraries John H. Ames Reading website for more information.)  Printers featured will be Denise Brady of Gibraltar Editions, Karen Kunc of Blue Heron Press, Bonnie O’Connell and Harry Duncan’s works for UNO’s Abattoir Editions, and works from Gold Quoin Press, Peoria. The Letterpress will be set for printing a small keepsake!

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Poetry at Constellation

On February 27th, Constellation Studios teams up with writers Katie Schmid Henson and Katie Pryor to host an evening of poetry and visual art. Doors open at 6:00pm, reading begins at 7:00pm, and an art raffle featuring donated work from local and UNL graduate artists will take place at 8:00pm. All proceeds will benefit The Family Literacy Program, supported by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. Karen will also have the letterpress rolling out a few poems from the evening for guests to take home. Featured readers include Belinda Acosta, Katie Pryor, and Kim Tedrow. The event is free to the public and we’d love to see you there! For more information please visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/878870602226630/


Poetry at Constellation

PoetryLetters

On February 27th, Constellation Studios teams up with writers Katie Schmid Henson and Katie Pryor to host an evening of poetry and visual art. Doors open at 6:00pm, reading begins at 7:00pm, and an art raffle featuring donated work from local and UNL graduate artists will take place at 8:00pm. All proceeds will benefit The Family Literacy Program, supported by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. Karen will also have the letterpress rolling out a few poems from the evening for guests to take home. Featured readers include Belinda Acosta, Katie Pryor, and Kim Tedrow. The event is free to the public and we’d love to see you there! For more information please visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/878870602226630/

 


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!