Woodcuts and Related Images & Paginas de una Herencia (Pages of a Heritage)
Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
Woodcuts and Related Images
by Rebecca Aidlin
This exhibition features woodcut prints on handmade papers. (The papers were made by my mother, Myrna London Aidlin.) The prints either stand alone or are layered and combined with monoprint, stained paper, gouache painting and rubbings. Woodcut prints are done by carving an image into a block of wood, rolling a thin coat of ink on it, pressing paper over it, and pulling the paper away so that the image is on it.
The images are rooted in calligraphic lines, including legible texts from my own poetry, less legible text and abstracted calligraphic brush stroke lines. I explore the play and dialogue between text and image, which is influenced in part by Asian artworks that combine text and image, or use text as image. Most of these works are not done as editions, but as one-of-a-kind, journal-like series, which explore color variations and the shifts and changes that happen as I use layers of print, monoprint, painting, drawing and rubbings.
Also featured are some paintings done as color studies, some rubbing drawings and some of the woodblocks that were used in the making of the prints and rubbings.
Rebecca Aidlin is a freelance book designer and helps organize group exhibitions with the other artists at her studio in Brooklyn. She has exhibited her own work frequently in several neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. She earned a B.F.A.in printmaking and ceramics at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
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Páginas de una Herencia (Pages of a Heritage)
by Felix Plaza
The natural world as we know it is diminishing, both in theory and reality. Diaspora, race, identity, heritage, immigration and urban versus rural catch phrases have been set in motion on an increasingly connected, but shrinking, global stage. Paying homage to this notion, I created work that incorporates figures of familial ties alongside iconic images that are universal and readily apparent as symbols of specific locales or peoples.
The work alternates between rectangles of color which can be read as a tiled wall or pages of a book. The mandala is used to signify a global, communal aspect. The silk screen overlay used on the mandalas is made by rubbing a litho crayon over a sheet of paper on manhole covers. It lends itself to the mandala shape and an iconic urban image.
Felix Plaza, in addition to creating his artwork, conducts outreach for Brooklyn Public Library. He has exhibited his work throughout New York and Yugoslavia, winning the Juror's Award for printwork at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. He also held a residency in Yugoslavia. He earned a certificate in fine arts and magazine and book illustration from the New York Phoenix School of Design.