571 Projects is pleased to announce River of Grass, an exhibition of new mixed media works by artist Dorothy Simpson Krause. This is Krause’ second show with the gallery. The opening reception will take place on Thursday May 31, 6-9 pm.
River of Grass marks Krause’ return to her deep environmentalist concerns, always close to hand in her work, exploring here the rich landscapes of the Florida Everglades with her unique blend of cutting edge digital processes and traditional art making methods. Eight mixed media works will be on view. Krause renders the captivating beauty and shifting light using both organic substrates (linen canvas, wood panel) and inorganic substrates (aluminum panel), with painting and image transfer. From the serenely contemplative Misty River (2011, pigment transfer with mixed media on aluminum, 36 x 36 in.) to the somberly brooding Dark (2011, pigment transfer to aluminum, 24 x 22 in.), Krause’s landscapes draw the viewer into a world defined by sky, water, luxuriant vegetation and reflections. Where the Hudson River painters of the 1800s saw the sublime in the American wilderness, under threat even then, Krause draws out a powerful, all-encompassing spirituality as she at once captures a fragile beauty and underlines it’s inevitable vulnerability. Suffused with a soft, nuanced palette, works like Silver Sky (2012, pigment transfer to gesso on wood, 24 x 24 in.) seem to hearken more to historical documents, a concept that is developed even further in the limited edition portfolio that accompanies the exhibition.
The portfolio, a limited edition of six 7 x 10 inch prints on handmade paper, pays tribute to the pioneering work of Marjory Stoneman Douglas whose lifelong activism coupled with her 1947 book, The Everglades: River of Grass, fuelled the defense and conservation of this unique area. Housed in a handmade envelope referencing a packet of documents an early settler might have carried, the folios combine Krause’ images of the Everglades with historic photographs, documents and maps.
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. Krause was selected as the inaugural Helen M. Salzburg Artist in Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University (Spring 2012).
Dorothy Simpson Krause: River of Grass, will be on view May 31, 2012 through July 21, 2012 at 571 Projects, 551 West 21st Street, Unit 204A, New York City, 10011. 571 Projects is open Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm, and by appointment.