Karen Kunc, USA
|Karen Kunc, Blue Heron
Press, USA, 2011
This book is a visual memorium, containing pages of cracks from
worn surfaces, piles of stones, smoke clouds, a maze of ruins and
minutia, as a handheld offering for slow reflection. In this way
such details grow into meaningfulness, backgrounded by the ongoing
news of natural disasters and human tragedies, which continue everyday
and everywhere. Excerpts of texts by Umberto
Eco and Denise Levertov are juxtaposed
within the images.
Line etching, polymer, mokuhanga woodcut, letterpress, and mixed
media on Japanese Nishinouchi paper, 2011.
6 x 5.75 inches closed, pages are accordion folded into covered
Amercian artist Karen Kunc explores inventive
colour abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world, creating
visual impact and ideas of strange beauty. Kunc is a professor at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught workshops around
the world and served as a visiting artist to over 100 institutions.
Recognitions include: the 2007 Southern Graphics International Printmaker
Emeritus Award; Fulbright Scholar Award to Finland;
prizes in the Triennale Majdanek, Poland;
5th Sapporo Biennale; 2nd
Her solo exhibitions include: Piano Nobile Gallery, Krakow, Poland;
Davidson Galleries, Seattle; Blackburn 20/20, New York. Group exhibitions,
include: The Abstract Impulse, National Academy
Museum, New York; Blocks of Color: American Woodcuts,
Zimmerli Art Museum. Kunc's works are in collections of: the Museum
of Modern Art; the Library of Congress; the Smithsonian American
Art Museum; Worcester Art Museum; Salo Art Museum, Finland; Machida
City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo, Japan; Milwaukee Art Museum;
Hyndai Art Center Gallery, Korea. She was recently an artist in
residence at the Venice Printmaking Studio, 2011.