Project Volumina: New Prints by Karen Kunc

August 25 – September 22, 2018

Constellation Studios

Reception: Tuesday August 28, 7 – 8pm

 

Project Volumina presents a print installation of compelling new work by artist Karen Kunc, created while on Faculty Development Leave in spring 2018. She was inspired by viewing collections and treasures from museums and libraries to create a new “image bank” of resources. Specifically, she studied rare books, manuscripts and incunabula (early printed books before 1501 in Europe) from the Dibner Library of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress while in Washington DC. References are drawn between historical processes and technologies, scientific illustration, printed conventions of spatial illusions, systems of charting, mapping, mathematics, alchemy and astronomy.   She discovered these ideas from topic selection, chance encounters, page turning, following threads of connections and visual stimulus. Her new prints are created in a mixed media approach from woodblocks, etching plates, hand coloring, pochoir stencils, while trusting the unpredictable for experiential responses. Volumina revisits a theme Kunc has addressed in the past, and here again, her printed pages suggest quantities and quantities…..of printed knowledge or lore, history forgotten yet preserved, and inevitable change through time.


Project Volumina: New Prints by Karen Kunc

August 25 – September 22, 2018

Constellation Studios

Reception: Tuesday August 28, 7 – 8pm

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Project Volumina presents a print installation of compelling new work by artist Karen Kunc, created while on Faculty Development Leave in spring 2018. She was inspired by viewing collections and treasures from museums and libraries to create a new “image bank” of resources. Specifically, she studied rare books, manuscripts and incunabula (early printed books before 1501 in Europe) from the Dibner Library of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress while in Washington DC. References are drawn between historical processes and technologies, scientific illustration, printed conventions of spatial illusions, systems of charting, mapping, mathematics, alchemy and astronomy.   She discovered these ideas from topic selection, chance encounters, page turning, following threads of connections and visual stimulus. Her new prints are created in a mixed media approach from woodblocks, etching plates, hand coloring, pochoir stencils, while trusting the unpredictable for experiential responses. Volumina revisits a theme Kunc has addressed in the past, and here again, her printed pages suggest quantities and quantities…..of printed knowledge or lore, history forgotten yet preserved, and inevitable change through time.


Pattern Play: Woodcut Print Invitational

June 1 – July 31, 2018

First Friday Reception, June 1, 6 – 8pm

Artists play with printmaking solutions that feature graphic patterning, complex play of image making, effects of optical or layered color mixing, all created through carving and printing of woodblocks. There is raw yet elegant mastery in their works and references to nature, science and social commentary.

Inspiring are new prints from Anne Burton (Lincoln), Betsy Best (Seattle) and Jean Gumpper (Colorado Springs), and significant suites of prints from the past by Keiko Hara (Walla Walla) and Brian Curling (Radebeul, Germany), brought to view from the flat files in the Constellation Studios collection.

 


Pattern Play: Woodcut Print Invitational Exhibition

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Artists play with printmaking solutions that feature graphic patterning, complex play of image making, effects of optical or layered color mixing, all created through carving and printing of woodblocks. There is raw yet elegant mastery in their works and references to nature, science and social commentary.

Inspiring are new prints from Anne Burton (Lincoln), Betsy Best (Seattle) and Jean Gumpper (Colorado Springs), and significant suites of prints from the past by Keiko Hara (Walla Walla) and Brian Curling (Radebeul, Germany), brought to view from the flat files in the Constellation Studios collection.

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Anne Burton “When Ignorance is Master”

 

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Betsy Best “Big Dreams”

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Jean Gumpper “Passages”  (detail)

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Keiko Hara,  print from “Verse from the Sea” suite

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Brian Curling, print from “Homage” suite


Semographics III Monoprinting Collaboration

April 6 – May 31, 2018

First Friday April 6 Opening Reception 6 – 8pm

Semographics III Monoprinting Collaboration, is an exhibition that presents the work of 12 printmakers who joined in a weeklong experiment to print together as a team, using silkscreen (the fine art terminology is “serigraphy”, hence Semographics)) and relief printmaking.   The collaboration event took place in March 2017 onsite at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio and the Savannah College of Art & Design – Atlanta, and was a featured event at the annual Southern Graphics Council International Conference. The resulting prints are a cross-disciplinary challenge – even a stylistic and technical mixed media “mash up” – with each unique print showing iterations, beautiful moments and graphic themes.

The group conducted a collaborative protocol involving a ‘Neutral Zone’, where all of the ‘in progress’ impressions were ‘up for grabs’ for anyone to embellish; and the ‘Safe Zone’, where any impressions deemed as ‘finished’ or aesthetically resolved were kept.   Allowing the process to develop, over 150 prints were made with layers from different artists, hand applications of color and drawing, and aesthetic touches and special printing effects. Each work represents collective solutions to enhance and “solve” imagery from what other artists had done. Ultimately, the print series is a critical examination of choices, each artist’s practice, of technical demands, and stamina.

Semographics III portfolio of 50 selected works is traveling for exhibitions nationally, including the presentation at Constellation Studios.   The project was organized by Professor Timothy High, University of Texas Austin, with co-chair Stephanie Hunder, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN.   The other participants are: Kathryn Maxwell, Arizona State University, Tempe; Sandra Fernandez, New Jersey; Brian Johnson, Texas State University, San Marco; David Newman, Brookhaven College, Dallas, ;  Karen Kunc, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Lenore Thomas, University of Pittsburg PA; Amanda Knowles, North Seattle College, WA; Eric Avery, Pennsylvania; John Hitchcock, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Sofia Maria Paz, University of Texas Austin.

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Monoprint Workshop

We will make one-of-a-kind prints from ink that is transferred from plates to paper with an inevitable surprise. Using a wide array of colors the water-base inks enable multiple layers and unusual mixing. Guidance and demos of techniques will spark ideas and sharing. All for experimentation and fun!   Use the etching press, letterpress, as well as hand printing possibilities.   For all Levels.


A 24 Hours: an Intaglio Record

Pecos Pryor & James Hapke

Two artists endured a performative drawing session onto a huge copper plate for 24 consecutive hours last fall.  The copper plate was set up like a table where the artist sat across from each other using drypoint, hard ground and acid, abrasives, and spit bite to etch portraits of one another below the surface of the plate, encouraging each other during the overnight, exhaustive session. Now two months later the plate will be printed on Constellation Studios huge etching press to reveal this experiential record. The guest artists will be proofing the plate and printing the week of January 22 – 25, pulling a limited edition. The public is invited to view this “big reveal” of the intaglio portraits on Tuesday January 23, 5:30 – 7. 

 


Artist in Residence Jenene Nagy

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Jenene Nagy spent an intense week of carving thin lines onto woodblocks and printing onto silk fabric  with silver and graphite oil base inks to create a collection of “flags”.    Her work plays with the formation of signs from the negative and positive shapes and repetitions, as the flags are grouped to create optical new interior spaces and contrasting “afterimages”.   She is interested in how “the flat graphic print becomes activated in space through the physicality of its material”.   We experienced this visual versatility through the floating of the silks……beautifully flowing as we carefully handled and printed the sensuous fabrics and while looking through and within each.   Jenene will use these printed flags for an upcoming installation/sculptural project to be presented in New York this spring.   We are so proud to have been instrumental in this important production!

Jenene Nagy is a teacher and curator who lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Facets: on etching

First Friday, January 5, 6 – 8pm

Through January 31

View a spectrum of etching techniques and mixed media prints by Karen Kunc.   Deeply bitten aquatints from her grad school thesis, compare to embossed color line etchings and woodcuts on waxed papers, and to recent mezzotints and small etchings.   All such intaglio techniques capture textures and information “below the surface” of the plate, where the ink is trapped when the plate surface is wiped, and then ink is transferred to paper under pressure through the press.   Each work fits into Kunc’s overarching interest to how lines and gestures are translated and transformed through various printed qualities.   Here her innovative approaches combine  her experience with all print media, her development of personalized vocabulary of color, and challenge scale and detail.

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Picture here are (top)Blue Gem, etching & woodcut on waxed paper, 2003;

(lower) Treatyse, artist book of etching, polymer relief, letterpress on handmade watermarked paper, 2017.


PR!NT LNK Print Sale

First Friday, December 1, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday, December 2, 10am – 3pm

Discover the world of the print with woodcuts, linoleum prints, etchings, intaglios, mezzotints, lithographs, screen prints, digital prints, monoprints, letterpress.

For collecting & gifting. Featuring local print artists and students!

Artists:

Anissa Bensen , Anne Burton, Keith Buswell, Hannah Demma, Amanda Durig, Madelyne Hansen, Kat Hedges, Brynna James, Karen Kunc, Erika Larson, Yoojeong Lee, Hannah Maakestad, Emily Mazur-Mickells, Pecos Pryor, Nicholas Sheldon, Danley Walkington, Stephanie Wright