Stamford Museum and Nature Center

Stamford, CT



Of Time and Place at Stamford Museum & Nature Center


"Of Time and Place" will be on exhibit in the ART-X Gallery at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center through February 27, 2000. Hours in this gallery only are Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Curators Sherry Smith Bell and Ann Chernow chose the 20th century as their palette to print individual responses to one defining historic event. When selecting artists to define this project, paper size was the only limitation to their artistic expressions.

In "Of Time and Place," the ten printmakers from California, Connecticut, New York, Nebraska and Oregon express many different artistic viewpoints. Their topics range from tributes to seminal 20th century artists in the works of Karl Kasten and Yuji Hiratusua to the exploration of microcosm to macrocosm in the print by Michele Ferandell. Ann Chernow's print "Broadway Melody" tells of the potent effects that "talkies" brought to our vision of reality. Walter Askin's "Krazy Kat" pays homage to Sigmund Freud, who liberated our dream world into an alternative world view.

Sherry Smith Bell's "House of Chips" addresses the rapid technological change brought by the computer and with it a new form of the written word on the Internet. Jean Burg's "Flight" soars into space with images of liberation. Karen Kunc's "Winged Words" evokes yet another form of 20th century magic. The inner space of personal survival is metaphorically symbolized by James Reed in the shape of Victorian architecture. Clare Romano's world view from outer space concludes this personal vision of the defining events of the 20th century.

(left: Karl Kasten, Four Printmakers of the 20th Century)

Artist's statement by Karl Kasten: "Those who made significant contributions to the art of our time must include these printmakers: Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) created powerful social commentary in woodcuts, lithographs, and etchings dealing with the impoverished and war, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) first to use wood engraving as a medium for creative expression, also did significant monoprints. Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was the first artist to employ monoprints in an expressionistic manner. He did lithographs and etchings which he often overworked in pastel. Stanley Hayter (1901-1988) founded Atelier 17 in Paris with the concept that revolutionized printmaking, that the artist should allow his matrix and his tools to qualify the creative process."

(left: James Reed: April 18, 1906)

Artist's statement by James Reed: "Throughout my life I have been fascinated with old architecture, especially Victorian. For 30 years some form of architecture has shown up in my work. It is the personal, the hand of the craftsman, that catches me. The connections with deep seated symbols of tradition, family and community are but a few of the things that continually draw me to the subject of buildings from the past. Not long ago my life was shaken to the very foundation. I remain standing. The San Francisco Victorian becomes an apt metaphor for survival."

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