January 17, 2014 – The University of Wyoming Art Museum exhibitions Through the Looking Glass: The Portrait of the Artist and Kimonos: Strappo Prints by Harold Garde will be on view at the Lander Art Center January 24 to February 22, 2014.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 24 from 6 to 8pm.
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Through the Looking Glass: The Portrait of the Artis
This exhibition explores the tradition of self-portraits and portraits of artists in variety of mediums including drawings, prints and photography. Involved in creative pursuits, artists become interesting candidates for portrait subjects and self-portraits allow for the artist to make a unique statement about themselves. With traditional commissioned portraits the expectation is a favorable likeness of the sitter, however an artist’s self portrait or a portrait of the artist reveals more than the sitter’s physical appearance removing the conventional constraints and allowing for more experimentation.
Kimonos: Strappo Prints by Harold Garde:
Harold Garde (American, b. 1923) creates work that is deeply rooted in abstract expressionism; however, he leaves the pure abstraction behind and concentrates instead on finding and conveying the beauty of simple shapes. Garde usually works in a series by using tangible objects and symbols as recurring subjects that engage and elicit a personal response from the viewer. In this series of kimonos, he explores the ‘T’ shape of the garment and creates a mixture of color variations from bold to subtle.
The Strappo process is a combination of painting and printmaking and is a dry image transfer technique that Garde invented. To create a Strappo print, he paints in reverse on a glass plate, adding layers, and eventually transferring the smooth result onto paper. On the finished print, the top layer of paint is actually the first layer applied, the opposite of a painting. This allows Garde to carefully consider each stroke of color applied. Each Strappo image is unique. The Strappo technique has been recognized by the New York Metropolitan Museum as a specific printmaking monotype procedure.
Lander Art Center openings are free and open to the public.
More information about this exhibition and the Lander Art Center can be found at www.landerartcenter.com