|Timothy McDowell, Kate Javens, Joanne Mattera|
The idea of bringing these artists together to form a show using a new method of art making-( none where quite familiar with excluding Timothy) was the brain child of Marcia Wood. Marcia and Tim organized to bring the artists together to embark on this enormous project. Tim joked that he squeezed a semester of printmaking into 5 days. What was produced in such a small amount of time is truly impressive.
For the artists this was a new vocabulary, new mark making system, and communication. It was a heavily collaborative effort between the artists. Marcia also gave a helping hand during the printmaking process. Each artist had a role in helping the other with their editions. It sounded like a special time of camaraderie between all involved and a chance to collaborate with each other. It is a unique experience in that most of these artist's are established and to this have a time to bounce off ideas was enlightening. Learning new methods was part of the fun and the fear-to be able to produce a body of work that all were happy with in such a short time. All the artists had to approach this differently than painting, which is the normal medium of all. It was a leap they all they all had to encounter. Tim explained how the entire medium is different and you have to think like a print maker-not a painter. He urged them to accept what the ink, plates, and paper would offer. It was a whole new language.
What was is amazing is how well the prints tie into all of their own current work. Joanne Mattera's piece "Soie" relates to her Silk Series of encaustic paintings. Joanne explained how she changed direction of the plates to build the textures and lines of her piece. She experimented with different compounds to give it the look of beeswax. This piece really radiates in the space. (Side note: If you don't read JoanneMatteraArtBlog -you should. It is filled with loads of important information for the artist, collector, and gallerist) Joanne has also written about Pull and has some great photos on her blog to check out.
I took some shots in the gallery but they are a bit hard to see so I have included the image shots from the gallery website as well.
|Joanne Mattera "Soie"|
|Joanne Mattera "Soie"photo from Marcia Wood website|
|Joanne Mattera Side View of "Soie"|
|Timothy McDowell "Arcadian Troubles"|
|Timothy McDowell "Arcadian Troubles" photo from Marcia Wood website|
Kate's piece has so much detail and light. It's a powerful, beautiful piece.
|Kate Javen "Father Ram"photo from Marcia Wood website|
|Kim Anno "Heavens" photo from Marcia Wood Website|
|Don Pollack "Mysterious Islands" photo from Marcia Wood website|
|Katherine Taylor "Parallox" image from Marcia Wood website|