Two artists from Tokyo Japan have been in residence here during November. Kazuko Araki and Kaoru Morita are sharing a great experience for concentration on their printmaking and enjoying cultural exchange. This is their first visit to the USA, and they are seeing Nebraska go through all the drama of fall to winter changes, while enjoying the open prairie landscape, football crowds, and studio activities of exhibitions and workshops. We are enjoying our language efforts and translations about life and printmaking! Special thanks to the Center for the Science of Human Endeavor in Tokyo for continuing to facilitating this exchange opportunity for Japanese artists!
Kaoru is working in Mokuhanga (Japanese watercolor woodblock) with soft colors printed by hand, one each day for a color record of atmosphere and influences. She specializes in shallow carving into the woodblock, so that beautiful nuances of tone are printed. Her drawing is here of a still life from some of the handblown glass pieces of Kenny Walton, and her woodblock print from this image is just getting underway.
Kazuko has created two editions of collagraph prints, from multiple cardboard plates, that have textures and drypoint scratches that hold the ink, printed in registration for a constructivist landscape for mountain goats. She is inventive with her platemaking and the beautiful printed layers. These two artist friends have studied printmaking together at the Musashino Art School in Tokyo.
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.
Artist in Residence Aya Nakamura has been in the studio throughout November, working on a huge painting/drawing on canvas, and enjoyed have the wall and space! Aya is from Tokyo, Japan, and enjoyed the quiet pace and light in Nebraska. She also worked on woodcuts combined with painting, and dived into learning about oil-base ink for woodcut methods (the image below is of her woodcut in the drying rack, so an unusual perspective here). Her works in animation are featured in the programing on Thursdays and Fridays at the CUBE Art Project of Lincoln, in the Haymarket Railyard. This is our giant outdoor digital projection site, and the art series are by artists from all over the world. https://www.cubelincoln.com/
So great to have Aya here, and thank you for joining the Constellation Studios community.
Marnix & Veronique came from Ghent, Belgium for a two week residency at Constellation Studios. Marnix developed his copperplate etchings with non-toxic BIG ground and acrylic aquatint for a new print series that suggests science-like instructions and images. While Veronique developed her own cut paper image sources from design magazines to create meticulous and humorous collages. They enjoyed summertime and fireworks in Lincoln, and their time for a creative retreat. So great to have you here and look for your return soon so we can continue our conversations!
Sarah Turner, an artist from Detroit, was in residence at Constellation Studios for two weeks in April. She worked on a series of prints made from inked objects and found materials, transferring detailed impressions, that literally spoke about form and function, of everyday detritus, and elegant simplicity. She delighted in her discoveries from the hardware and thrift stores, and how to find the right pressure to capture the hidden textures.
Shiho, from Tokyo, Japan, spent the month of November at Constellation Studios, and worked well in the rhythm of life in Lincoln, and with her own creative discipline. She planned and accomplished a large multi-sheet monoprint that addresses the subtleties of luxury fabrics and the fashion world. She also experimented with drypoint prints made from thousands of minute scratches on plastic plates, that she printed with water-base inks. This technique, new for her, enabled her to make a small series of journal-like images from her experiences in Nebraska, and then a complex 4 part detailed image of a model on the runway and the audience. Shiho demonstrated incredible persistence and patience to realize her print projects! All so impressive for our First Friday visitors. Thanks for your residency Shiho!
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.
Collaborative Installation by Denise Bookwalter & Lee Emma Running
June 24 – July 23, 2016
Residency June 14 – 24
Opening reception June 24, 6 – 8pm
Lining: Sheathingis 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thank you all for being here and contributing to the studio energies and spirit!
Shubho Saha, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, spent a week residency at Constellation Studios, where he printed a color woodcut, made handmade paper, assisted printing with Karen, and visited the UNL campus, museums, and Art Department. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts Dhaka University, and is the studio manager of the community print studio of the Bengal Foundation. He is continuing on with a two month residency at the Salina Art Center, Kansas…….and now we have this great connection with Salina through Shubho and director Bill North. It was great to share the studio and conversations about so many things……and reminiscing of our many friends in Dhaka!