Drawing to Print

January 6 – February 28, 2017

First Friday January 6, 6-8pm

Thumbnail sketches, tracings, and preparatory drawings highlight the work before printing begins.   Doodles and intuitive marks evolve into graphite ‘planning cartoons’ drawn to scale with delicate passages and rhythmic energy that form concept and unknown adventure.   Selections of Karen Kunc’s drawings are paired with her colorful woodcut prints that result from the mark-making impetus.

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Drawing to Print

January 6 – February 28, 2017

First Friday January 6, 6-8pm

Thumbnail sketches, tracings, and preparatory drawings highlight the work before printing begins.   Doodles and intuitive marks evolve into graphite ‘planning cartoons’ drawn to scale with delicate passages and rhythmic energy that form concept and unknown adventure.   Selections of Karen Kunc’s drawings are paired with her colorful woodcut prints that result from the mark-making impetus.thumbnails


First Friday, December 2

Join us for an in depth viewing of Metropolis & Invisible Cities.

Meet Artist in Residence Shiho Saito, from Tokyo, Japan.    She has been in residence for a month creating monoprints and drypoint prints on Japanese papers, that reflect on fashion and elegance with spare and delicate marks.


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.


The Last Glacier, Exhibition opens Earth Day

April 23 – June 11, 2016

Special Earth Day viewing, Saturday April 23, 10am – pm

The Last Glacier is a visual print record of the glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana, by artists Todd Anderson and Bruce Crownover, who made treks on location over recent years, and created prints in their studios. This project invokes a contemplation of wonder and loss in the face of seemingly powerful and pristine landscapes. “Glaciers have revealed themselves as inherently fragile, and more responsive to human impacts than we had imagined. The works translate our understandings of the impacts of global climate change into a comprehensible human scale.” – Nancy Mahoney

 

Also on view: Selections On Nature from the Print Collection


Rainbow: A Print Invitational Opening Reception

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, February 19, 7 – 9pm.

Constellation Studios presents Rainbow, an exhibition of vibrant color and the study of its printed effects.   Printmakers effectively use the blending of colors with “split fountains” and “rainbow rolls” for continuous gradations that belie the flatness of plate or block – that imply printed kitsch and bravura, creating dynamic spatial illusions. The printing of luminous layers create complex patterns, or individuated swatches of color steps – suggesting the multiplicity of individual parts adding to the whole, as a social metaphor or visual phenomenon. This exhibition is a glowing symphony of color at play and work in contemporary form. Nationally recognized artists include: Mildred Beltre, Vermont; Laura Berman, Missouri; Jeffrey Dell, Texas; Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson as Midwest Pressed, Iowa;   Juergen Strunck, Texas.

 

 


Open Studio Treasures

First Friday February 5, 6 – 8pm

Extended viewing opportunity of prints, monoprints, drawings, artist books by Karen Kunc.   View specialty works of shaped and elongated formats, and the complete Urban/Rural Divide Series.   The exhibition includes the new Oscillation Shift, awarded the Art in Print “Prix de Print”, selected by juror David Storey who states:   “Kunc understands the territory that is the surface of a print.   She can take a sheet of paper and make it live.”


Rainbow: A Print Invitational

Constellation Studios presents Rainbow, an exhibition of vibrant color and the study of its printed effects.   Printmakers effectively use the blending of colors with “split fountains” and “rainbow rolls” for continuous gradations that belie the flatness of plate or block – that imply printed kitsch and bravura, creating dynamic spatial illusions. The printing of luminous layers create complex patterns, or individuated swatches of color steps – suggesting the multiplicity of individual parts adding to the whole, as a social metaphor or visual phenomenon. This exhibition is a glowing symphony of color at play and work in contemporary form. Nationally recognized artists include: Mildred Beltre, Vermont; Laura Berman, Missouri; Jeffrey Dell, Texas; Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson as Midwest Pressed, Iowa;   Juergen Strunck, Texas.

 

Join us at Constellation Studios for an opening reception on Friday, February 19, 7 – 9pm.

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Open Studio Treasures

Works by Karen Kunc

Extended Viewing Opportunity, February 5 First Friday, 6 – 8pm

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Prints, monoprints, drawings, artist books by Karen Kunc.  View specialty works of shaped and elongated formats, and the complete Urban/Rural Divide Series.   The exhibition includes the new Oscillation Shift, awarded the Art in Print “Prix de Print”, selected by juror David Storey who states:   “Kunc understands the territory that is the surface of a print.   She can take a sheet of paper and make it live.”

Exhibition December 4, 2015 – February 5, 2016