Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mixed Media Yields Fascinating Vessels


What kind of relationships are possible for humans of our electrified culture to share with other beings on our planet?

Non-human organisms may have insights and brain functions more similar to ours’ than we have heretofore believed to be the case. Why do we primates tend to be reflexively xenophobic and insecure in the face of creatures, human and otherwise, that we perceive as Other?

Drawing from research and self observation, I imagine my relocation, my dislocation, relative to plants and animals. I re-examine with drawing from observation, eye to hand rendering, seeking combinations of images and paper surfaces. Occasionally, I add a final finishing touch with tiny beads, shell fragments, and cotton threads.

I am looking for the next image to render, the next path, the next wave, the next
connection. The narrative is non-ending. Discoveries generate new questions which in
turn generate new discoveries.

Although my paper pieces are traditionally framed and hang on walls in a gallery context, they are a departure from other 2-D work. Layers of paper provide a slight relief to the overall surfaces. Objects appear as in a diorama that has compressed almost to two dimensions – or perhaps to the contrary, are thickening forward toward the viewer as layers of paper accumulate.

I use digital means to resize my drawings and manipulate combinations. I begin each work with a specific image configuration in mind, but always experience surprise in the
process as the outcome changes considerably from my start-up idea.

My work can stand alone in an exhibit space, or can complement the work of one or several other artists.
Birch Water Jar

Cadillac, Michigan             
Master of Fine Arts, Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts, Albion College

Solo Exhibitions:
Saginaw Valley State University, 2012,
“Imagining Context: Seeing and Being Seen”
Alma College, Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery, Alma, Mi, 2012
Grove Gallery, “Papers on Paper”, East Lansing, Mi, 2011
Buckham Gallery, Flint, Michigan, “Paradigms”, 2009
Lansing Art Gallery, “Artist of the Month”, 2008
Lansing Art Gallery, “Collage & Mixed Media”, 2006


International Society of Experimental Artists “Cutting Edge” Award 2011
Ann Arbor Art Center 2011 Annual All Media Third Place Award
President’s and Alumni of Alma College Purchase Award,
Alma College Print Competition 2010
President’s Award, International Society of Experimental Artists Exhibition 2010
Honorable Mention, Ann Arbor Art Center’s 2006 All Media Exhibit
President & Friends of Alma College Purchase Award,
Alma College Print Competition 2006
Merit Award, Ann Arbor Art Center’s 2004 All Media Exhibit
Purchase Award, University of Michigan at Dearborn,

Artist’s Statement | Objects of Recollection
At some point in our life we all experience the loss of a loved one and as a result of that loss, we inherit objects. The objects become keepsakes that function as a memorial due to a virtue of the sentimentality we bestow upon them. We become devoted to the objects as a surrogate and try to preserve them through our carefulness of handling, storage or display. In examining these objects that we memorialize- those that become relics and the fetishist act of revisiting the objects- I fabricate sculptural containers out of found objects and metal that refer to the domestic artifacts. My work operates through the suggested use of quotidian objects and how these entities function as containment for memories.

Artist’s Biography

Katie Rearick graduated from The State University of New York at New Paltz in 2012, with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Metal. In 2008 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Metal/Jewelry from Western Michigan University. As a supplement to her formal education, she has also studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts.
Her work ranges from small-scale body adornment to large sculptural installations that utilize personal narrative as a starting point. Notable exhibitions include: Jewelry+Objects Exhibition at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts, the College Art Association NY Area MFA Exhibition at Hunter College, New York and Fresh: Metalsmith Exhibition in Print at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. She is currently working out of a small studio in her home on Mackinac Island in Michigan and is preparing to move to Cincinnati in the fall to pursue a career in the Arts.
Grandma's Pearls

Deeply rooted in the Midwest, my world is rolling hills, woodlands, creeks, and fields where beauty is found, not in grand vistas but within arms reach.  My inspiration comes from the rich tones, textures and forms of the natural world.  I recognize the undulating surface of the creek, rough texture of limestone outcrops and the ever-changing colors of the woods.  Although I admire and appreciate the garden in it’s entirety, I treasure the seedpod, drying leaf and pebble found on the path.  In the same way, I enjoy creating sculptural forms, but find creating the tactile surface with highly textured handmade paper most gratifying.  Enhancing the play of light and shadow of the surface with layers of color is magical.
My earliest art work using handmade paper explored textured papers and their edges, investigating with the way light and shadow identifies the raised, indented and wrinkled surface.  Twenty-five years later, I am still creating surfaces, which allow light to dance over impressed textures creating highlights and shadows.  Simple structures are often misidentified as leather, ceramic or stone.  Viewers are intrigued by the visual and physical paradox:  the perception of weight and mass versus the reality of paper.
Leandra Spangler’s passion for papermaking began in 1986 when she first plunged her hands in a vat of pulp.  Her desire to present paper in three dimensions lead her to an exploration of basketry techniques.  
After twenty-five years of teaching art in the public schools, Leandra became a full time studio artist in June 2000.  She holds a Master’s in (art) Education from the University of Missouri.  She continues teaching at national, regional and state conferences, art centers, guilds and in her studio.
Spangler’s sculptural forms use traditional basketry techniques but are often pushed in non-traditional ways.  The reed structures are a support for her highly textured handmade paper.  She no longer sees them as “sculptural basketry”  but as “sculptural forms with openings.” 
Spirit Journey


My monoprints represent the psychology and spirituality of men. I begin by collecting hundreds of found images, sorting them with an eye for significant, recurring gestures and poses. These appear in my work as drawings and silhouettes, merging figures and faces to create large, energetic images layered with pattern and color. I am a printmaker who does not make editions, preferring to work through variations on a theme in series of multiple works. This series represents a simple attempt to make a two-dimensional medium three-dimensional and references Greek figure vases.
Biography:  Harold Lohner is an artist, professor and font designer. He holds an MFA in printmaking from the University at Albany and is a Professor in the Visual Arts Department of The Sage Colleges. He has been making and exhibiting his prints and other artworks regionally and nationally since 1978. Lohner also maintains where he presents his
Vessel 5
digital type creations. He is married to Al Martino and lives in Albany, NY.

Harold Lohner 

HAROLD LOHNER                                        777 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12203
518 435-9548
1982– Professor, Department of Visual Arts, The Sage Colleges, Albany and Troy, NY.
1984    M.F.A. Printmaking, University at Albany, State University of New York.
2011    Harold Lohner: Gathering, Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany.
2010    All Eyes, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY.
2008    Harold Lohner, Clatsop Community College Visual Art Center, Astoria, OR.
2013    MEN Online Art Exhibition, Linus Galleries, Pasadena and Long Beach, CA.
Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD.
2012    Boundless: New Works in Contemporary Printmaking, Creative Arts Workshop, New                                                                     Haven, CT.
2011    Prints U.S.A.2011, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO.
I Have The Right, PICTURE Art Foundation, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA.
Couplings, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA.
Positive/Negative 26, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
Gender Matters/Matters of Gender, Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Reading, PA.
2011 The Kinsey Institute 2011 Juried Art Show, Indiana University School of Fine Arts Gallery, Bloomington, IN.
ViewPoints, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ.
2010    New Directions ’10, Barrett Art Center Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY
Brainstorm 2010: A Whole New Mind, Governors State University, University Park, IL.
Imprint, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA.
Paper in Particular National Exhibition, Columbia College, Columbia, MO.
Janet Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition, University Art Gallery, CSU, Chico, CA.
24th Annual International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ.
Diptych/Triptych, Ink Shop Printmaking Center, Ithaca, NY.
2009    Paper Narratives, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO.
Threads, National Queer Cultural Festival, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA.
BookEnds: The Book as Art, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA.
Continuum, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.
Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, University Art Museum, University at Albany.
            Oregon Inkspot Print Exchange, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR.
Monotype Guild of New England National Juried Exhibition, Attleboro Arts Museum,                      Attleboro, MA.
Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, Clatsop Community College Visual Art Center, Astoria, OR.
2007    27th Annual National Print Exhibition, Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN.
Brand 36: Works on Paper, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA.
Light Night 2007, 1og8 Arts Project, Reykjanesby, Iceland.
19th National Printmaking Exhibition, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, CA.
National Portrait Exhibition, Impact Artists’ Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
UMKC National Print Competition 2007, UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City, MO.
2006    Gender/Identity, ALL Gallery, New Haven, CT.
Seeing God, Dadian Gallery, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, Washington, DC.
Printmaking Currents 2006, Print Arts Northwest, Portland, OR.


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