571 Projects is pleased to announce Visions, an exhibition of new mixed media monoprints and emulsion transfers by Dorothy Simpson Krause. This is Krause’ first show with the gallery. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 3, 6-9 pm.
In this new body of work, Krause explores the surreal through images of abandoned and submerged worlds: thresholds combined with imagery of leaves and branches reflected on the surface of a pool of water. Taking inspiration from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s haunting poem, “Kubla Khan, or, A Vision in a Dream, A Fragment” (1797), written after an opium-laced dream of an exotic and opulent palace, Krause’s work highlights the mystery of architectural space and light: doorways, windows, and hallways from which light either shines or recedes into blackness. Ethereal and menacing, her work conveys the poetry of space and light, alluding to spiritual transitions, and ultimately, life and death. As in Coleridge’s poem, beauty is underscored with violence, potential and real. These abandoned passages appear to be submerged below the reflective surface of water like the shifting memory of dreams, but also a statement about the impending disappearance of civilization as we know it, through the effects of global warming.
Working at a crossroads between cutting-edge digital processes and traditional methods, Krause is a pioneer in the use of digital media in art making, while maintaining her roots as a painter and collage artist. For one series in this body of work she uses a process that resembles Polaroid emulsion transfer. In another series she transfers monoprints onto uniquely prepared surfaces such as fresco, brushed aluminium, non-woven fabric, or silver leaf. She has also used details from the work to create lenticular images that create the illusion of movement between the images behind the lens, replicating the effect of the flowing water and reflected light.
Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachussetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center, and is a member of Digital Atelier®, an artists collaborative. In July 1997, Krause organized “Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and was artist-in-residence there for 21 days. For this she and her colleagues received a Smithsonian/Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award. In 2000 Krause received a Kodak Innovator Award. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Evos Arts Institute (Lowell, MA, 2002), the Attleboro Museum of Art (Attleboro, MA, 2004), Judi Rotenberg Gallery (Boston, MA, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2007), and Landing Gallery (Rockland, ME, 2009 & 2011). Her work is in many museum collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Dalarna Museum, Dalarna, Sweden; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; State Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia; The Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; and the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham MA.
Dorothy Simpson Krause: Visions, will be on view March 3, 2011 through April 16, 2011 at 571 Projects, 551 West 21st Street, Unit 204A, New York City, 10011. 571 Projects is open Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm, and by appointment.