My Ántonia: Instructions for Seeing

An installation based on Willa Cather’s Novel

Prints, text, mapping by Barbara Tetenbaum

May 13 – June 30

Opening Reception Wednesday, May 13, 6 – 8pm  

Free and open to all

Also in conjunction with the 15th International Cather Seminar

Reception & Artist Conversation with Barbara Tetenbaum,

Tuesday, June 9, 6:00 – 7:00      Free and open to all

This exhibition offers Barbara Tetenbaum’s visual presentation of one of Cather’s beloved novels My Ántonia, through mapping components, a carved interpretation board to imagine the interconnected tracings of distance and travels, and book stands with tactile printed pages that encourage close reading, all evoking our analytical and emotional perceptions.

 

Begun in 2010, Tetenbaum’s investigation of this great American novel and her personal experience of “close reading” has lead to large-scale art installations exhibited at the Oregon College of Art and Craft’s Hoffman Gallery, and Reed College, Portland, Oregon. The context of place will be especially rich presented in Nebraska as the work invites viewers to map and ignite their understanding of the novel’s remarkable story.

 

“I wanted to put myself in the position of a first-time reader and map my understanding of a novel as I listened to it on tape. I chose Cather’s book almost at random. What I didn’t expect was how completely obsessed I would become with the power and beauty of her writing, and her ability to use language to evoke the truth of lived experience,” said Tetenbaum.


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.

 

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.

 


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.

 


Blue Moment

The winter exhibition Blue Moment evokes the refraction of light off snow, cold air, and transition.   Here the color blue is examined for the myriad of hues, intensities and varieties that appear in the prints of Karen Kunc and works from the Constellation Studios collection.

Please join us for the Opening Reception,  Wednesday, January 14, 6 – 8pm.   Exhibition dates: January 14 – February 28.


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


Grand Scale

Opening Reception for new fall exhibition Grand Scale, First Friday, September 5th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Exhibition dates: September 5 – November 26, 2014


Expansive in impact – Grand Scale prints

The large-scale prints of artist Karen Kunc are exhibited together for the first time in the new fall show Grand Scale, at Constellation Studios.   Created throughout Kunc’s career, these works encompass her abstract vocabulary of landscape sources, elemental forms, and evolutionary forces. that inspire sensory immersion.  Executed in her signature color woodcut process, these prints possess graphic power, the resonance of physically demanding carving and printing, the effects of peripheral vision and perceptional color actions.solace-and-frenzy-1988