ON VIEW: AUGUST 1 - 31, 2019
MEMBERS ONLY ARTIST TALK: AUGUST 15 - 6:30PM
Highpoint Center for Printmaking is excited to host Weather, an exhibition of works by Karen Kunc, featuring 16 reduction woodcuts, including four artist books and 12 prints. Kunc’s work is printed in stages during which she carves and destroys the blocks to create the imagery. This material transformation process results in unpredictable artwork, with imaginary landscapes of vortexes, streams and pools, showcasing bold color as place markers for occurences and sites. Kunc’s work refers to the natural world, it’s resources and the evolutionary forces that shape our environment.
Kunc states: “ I hope to make conceptually urgent statements that are relevant and poignant in meaning, as a response to the threat and benevolence of Nature. My response is both intensely chromatic and gestural, as contrasting elements and quasi-science principles are graphically symbolized. I have sought to generate a poetic tracking of observation, science and imagination through images and information that submerge, emerge, and tantalize.”
About the artist: Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world in her prints and artist books, creating ideas of ‘strange beauty’. Kunc is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Awards include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two NEA/MAAA awards, the 2007 SGCI Printmaker Emeritus Award. Her works have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and are held in numerous collections: MOMA; Library of Congress; Milwaukee Art Museum; Haas Arts Library Yale University; Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland. She has taught workshops around the world, in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Bangladesh, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, Iceland, Spain; and she has lectured as a visiting artist to over 200 institutions. Kunc has recently launched Constellation Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a creative destination for artist residencies, collaborations and workshops in print, paper, book.: