Redo for Old Books

In this hands-on workshop we will make book objects using a mixed media approach with ideas new to you and techniques that you already know.   We will foster a collage and collaborative atmosphere of shared found materials and ideas suggested from the content of old books and objects. Our unique objects create memories and meanings.


New WallWorks Mural by Madison Svendgard

Thanks to Madison for painting a great mural this summer!   This mysterious narrative intrigues us with a fantasy world of larger -than-life figures that seem to stand in the garden plantings.    Madison has a distinctive style and dedication to the her visual story-telling.   You can join this ongoing story with a great photo op in front of this mural!

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PR!NT LNK Print Sale

Meet local printmakers and collect quality handmade print art!

One night only!

Woodcuts, screen prints, monoprints, etchings, lithographs, mixed media

 

Anne Burton, Keith Buswell, Hannah Demma, Chadric Devin, Meryl Engler, Keith Graham, Kendall Johnson, Karen Kunc, Samantha Lewis Negley, Pecos Pryor, Toan Vuong, Stephanie Wright

 


Studio Follow-up Sessions

Invitation to past workshop participants to work in the studio with guidance and others. Continue to develop what you learned in your workshop.   Practice your printmaking, bookmaking, papermaking skills and studio confidence!   Join in for one day or all – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.    $40 studio fee each day.

 


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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March First Friday, 6 – 8pm Music with Ciqe Sasquatch

Ciqe Sasquatch will perform music for First Friday, March 4,6 – 8pm at Constellation Studios! Ciqe Sasquatch is a local band that is gritty and polished, urbane and pastoral, with roots in the country; it’s all about Jazz chops, some classical training, professional rock-‘n’-roll player gigs, and a significant investment in songwriting. Ciqe Sasquatch just is different!

 

Formed by a once-young, now vintage Native Nebraskan singer-songwriter Kjell Cronn, with roots in rural Dawson County, Cronn has a nomadic history and a tendency to express youthful romanticism via travel storytelling set to music. Cronn earned his BFA from UNL in 1994, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art institute in 1996. The band consists of Cronn (songwriter, singer/guitarist/harmonica player) and his friends, Genevieve Randall (flute), Ian Egenberger (Bass, Kazoo, Guitar, vocals), and Pance Zaev (Clarinet, Sax). Zaev earned his PhD from the UNL Music Department this past year.

 

The band moves through ‘Folk Chamber Music’ toward a pure Americana feel. It’s distinctive name is derived from ‘Ciqe’ (seek) in tribute to Zaev, from Macedonia, where vowels run wild, in Cyrillic; later the band added Sasquatch!

 photo by Robert Becker, Lincoln Journal Star


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

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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/

 


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!