Applied to this exhibition, the title ROCK PAPER SCISSORS* is a broad analogy for the full circle of shifting "power" elements within a work of art. In this interplay, with "rock" representing the physicality of art-object, "paper" representing power of communication, and "scissors" representing tools of process, all exist in symbiosis, but shift in weight relative to each work
This exhibition concentrates on paintings, collages, and hand pulled prints by 13 diverse and independent artists, loosely associated by a common project, and all displaying an essential common trait: the pursuit of excellence in their craft. Central to this association is the Red Hook studio of master printer Sheila Goloborotko. An accomplished and internationally recognized artist in her own right, she is universally lauded for her ability to draw out the talents of artists working with her. The process of producing an edition of prints requires thinking in reverse, and thinking in sequence. The artistry comes from accomplishing this mindful, logical approach, without sacrificing the spontaneity and vibrancy of the artwork. Making art in a world dominated by digitally captured, generated and/or manufactured images, the creation of traditionally produced prints have become part of each artist's oeuvre.
Also on view will be the "Goloborotko's Studio 20th Anniversary Edition" Print Portfolio. Each of the 40 portfolios published in the 20th Anniversary Edition, consists of 13 numbered and signed 20” x 16” original prints on Rives BFK 300 gsm paper, unbound and housed in an archival clamshell presentation box. There are 16 portfolios available for purchase. One portfolio is part of the permanent collection of Brazilian museum "Pinacoteca de São Paulo".
For fledgling collectors and connoisseurs alike, the exhibition will also have a series of affordable original prints.
An artists talk will be held Wednesday evening, July 21, 2010, starting at 6:30 pm. A panel discussion will be led by master printers Sheila Goloborotko and Agnes Murray on the subject of connoisseurship in printmaking and the history of creating the portfolio. Many of the other artists will speak about their experiences developing and producing a work for a collective project, and the relationship of the workshop to their independent studio practice.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
The impressive lineup of artists include Ramona Candy, whose brilliant collage work can be seen in the current BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) DanceAfrica 2010 poster: Mary Chang, who, in addition to being an accomplished abstract painter, is an actor, writer and performer; Tami Gold, award-winning filmmaker, whose work has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Film Institute's International Film Festival, the Whitney Museum, and other venues; Kathleen Hayek, experimental printmaker and watercolorist, who is also President and one of three Co-Founders South of the Navy Yard Artists, Inc. (SONYA); Pearl Rosen, landscape painter, with an uncanny eye for atmospheric tonality, an arts educator, college lecturer, museum professional, and consultant on developing programs for children with special needs; GG Stankiewicz, co-founder of SONYA and a fiercely committed lifelong visual artist, who also teaches art to teen-age youth with autism, learning and emotional challenges; Sheila Goloborotko, who in addition to running her workshop, pursues multiple activities as painter, sculptor, set designer, and printmaker, has published several limited edition artist’s books and is part of major international collections as The Brooklyn Museum of Art, San Francisco Modern Art Museum and Munson Williams Proctor Institute, and the New York Public Library permanent collection of rare prints; Agnes Murray, master printer whose lifelong passion for printmaking, especially lithography, is recognized nationally and internationally, and whose work is collected by Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, Columbia University, Harvard University, and Rochester Institute of Technology; Ana Bianchi, imaginative draughts-person, printmaker and industrial designer; Robert Golden, classical pianist, violinist and certified financial planning executive, whose background and interests encompass medical, scientific, musical, analytic, zoological, botanical and natural worlds; Audrey Frank Anastasi, painter, gallerist, educator and arts advocate; Susan Fateh, international printmaker, currently living and working in Rome, Italy; and Harold Wortsman, whose work, “an edgy mix of freedom and clarity”, can be found in public and private collections in the US and Europe as well as such American institutions as The Library of Congress (Washington D.C.), Yale University, The New York Public Library Print Collection (NYC), Smith College, Indiana University's Lilly Library, Brandeis University, The Newark Public Library Special Collections Division, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Print Archive and the New York Historical Society.