New Release: Polly Apfelbaum

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Hudson River Valley Nirvana | Woodblock on Handmade Japanese Paper | Edition of 15

Durham Press has completed a new series of prints with Polly Apfelbaum: Hudson River Valley Nirvana. Initially conceived in 2012, these six woodblock prints use vertical lines and a square format as a starting point from which to explore the interaction of primary and secondary colors.

Apfelbaum adopted a systematic approach to discover the possible images within a set of parameters, much like Joseph Albers’ Interaction of Color. Printed with dozens of narrow wooden blocks, the six works feature the same set of primary and secondary colors that are repeated in different arrangements, with a largely symmetrical structure applied to each image. The variation among the series showcases the unexpected results that can arise from a clear and controlled process. This compositional strategy recalls her early floor works and was an inspiration for a woven floor installation created for the Miss Dior exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, in 2012.

Hudson River Valley Nirvana, like many of Apfelbaum’s works, draws on diverse influences spanning art history, pop culture, and religion. The artist likened the chromatic effect of the prints to the dynamic skies captured by the Hudson River School painters. (Apfelbaum herself spends time in the region, which is a short trip from her New York City studio.) The Hudson River School is one among many of the prints’ artistic and cultural referents. They relate to Minimalism with their fixed compositional structure, but also to psychedelic and Op art. The title of the series, too, is loaded with allusions—for the artist, Nirvana refers equally to the Buddhist concept of enlightenment as it does to the Seattle grunge band. This combination of the “spiritual and punk rock” suggests that viewers are invited both to consider the nuances of the series in quiet contemplation as well as to take in the prints’ energetic colors in quick, unfettered moments. 

Hudson River Valley Nirvana and many other prints by Polly Apfelbaum are available directly through Durham Press. For more information, including pricing, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead.

The Series, as well as new unique works by Polly Apfelbaum, is now on view in NYC at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery untill January 14th.

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum + Emil Lukas @ Purchase College

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Photo courtesy of Purchase College and the artist

Purchase College | Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery – October 5, 2015 – November 13, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum and Emil Lukas currently have works on display at Purchase College in New York. Apfelbaum’s woodblock monoprints, Byzantine Rocker 1 and 6join Lukas’s portfolio, Bubble-Up, in the show Interwoven: Prints and Process. The show is part of Purchase Printweek 2015 and will run through November 13, 2015.

Everson Museum of Art – September 25, 2015 – January 3, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum is also part of the group show Three Graces at Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. The show embraces the creative aspects of ancient mythology through the artists’ contemporary works. Apfelbaum’s textiles will join Tony Feher’s installations and Carrie Moyer’s paintings.

For pricing and availability on Polly and Emil’s prints, please contact
Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected]

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Locks Gallery

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Installation of Polly Apfelbaum and Lynda Benglis at Locks Gallery. Image Courtesy of Joseph Hu and Locks Gallery

Locks Gallery – June 12, 2015 – July 24, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum joins Lynda Benglis in an exhibition, Free Fallat Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. The show includes Apfelbaum’s floor installations, along with two large-scale woodblock monoprints, Baroque Time Machine 4 and Rusticiana, which were printed and published with Durham Press.

Beaufort Triennial – June 21, 2015 – September 21, 2015

The 5th edition of Beaufort Triennial entitled Beyond Borders features Apfelbaum, along with a selection of artists, architects, designers, musicians, poets, and writers who showcase work in various public spaces along the Belgium coast.

Museum of Arts & Design – April 28, 2015 – September 30, 2015

An exhibition featuring over 100 works of art, Pathmakers, highlights women’s influence in postwar visial art through textiles, ceramics, and metal. The show focuses on the modern craft movement of the 1950’s.

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New Release: Polly Apfelbaum | Time Machine Series

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Byzantine Time Machine 4 | 2014, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 x 70 inches

Durham Press is pleased to present a new series of woodblock prints by Polly Apfelbaum. Inspired, in part, by her time spend abroad as a recipient of the 2012-13 Rome Prize, these profound works reference the artistic and craft traditions of Italy and offer fresh perspectives on many themes that Apfelbaum has explored throughout her career.

Baroque Time Machine and Byzantine Time Machine are monoprint series in two sizes, 37 x 70 inches and 79 x 79 inches, which feature powerful, vertical lines. Their titles simultaneously suggest backward and forward temporal movement, signaling historical influences and new aesthetic directions. While the compositions of the two series recall some of her rug and fabric works, the addition of black – used sparingly in some prints and frequently in others – creates a more complex color palette and gives the prints “the weight of drapery,” says Apfelbaum. Conversely, the contrast provided by black ink makes certain colors radiate with fluorescent-light-like intensity.

The fluorescence of the dramatic monoprints is further emphasized by Apfelbaum’s employment of split fountain or “rainbow roll” techniques, in which multiple colors are partially mixed to achieve a continuous gradient effect. In the Time Machines, she features rainbow rolls across elongated surfaces, while with her large, diamond monoprints – Galla Placidia, Boethius, Rusticiana, Servilia Caeponis, Aurelia Cotta, Porcia Catonis – the technique is used on much smaller woodblocks. Inspired by the intricate patterns of Cosmati floors, the matrixes for these complex diamond prints are similarly crafted with roughly 1500 hand-laid, mosaic-like blocks. The geometric and chromatic variations throughout the prints give them a dynamism befitting of their titles, most of which refer to influential Roman women. Apfelbaum’s two new editions, Emperor Twist and Empress Shout, engage a similar diamond and zig-zag pattern on a more intimate scale. Completed after the Cosmati-inspired monoprints, Twist and Shout continue to explore variations in color and shape through an “intuitive but structured process.” The development and realization of this process has resulted in a prolific year of collaboration, and this new body of work represents Apfelbaum’s most ambitious and challenging prints to date.

 

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New Release: Chitra Ganesh | Architects of the Future

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Architects of the Future | 2014, Woodblock and Screenprint, Ed. 25

Durham Press is proud to present Chitra Ganesh’s portfolio of prints, Architects of the Future.  The portfolio consists of four woodblock and screenprints in an edition of 25.  The prints measure 25 3/4 inches in height and range from 18 to 44 inches in width, and they combine between 15 and 40 impressions each.

In her drawing, painting, installation, text and film works, Ganesh excavates histories that typically have been excluded from the canons of literature and art.  She draws from a broad range of material including the iconography of Hindu, Greek and Buddhist mythology, 19th-century European portraiture and fairytales, song lyrics, as well as contemporary visual culture such as Bollywood posters, anime, and comic books.  Through a process of automatic writing, Ganesh probes these sources and narratives to uncover moments of absence and submerged desire.

In Architects of the Future, Ganesh integrates the visual language of 60s and 70s science fiction with imagery loosely inspired by the Amar Chitra Katha–a long-running comic series that portrays traditional Indian epics, history, and mythology.  The four prints form a nonlinear narrative of “unforseen desire and untimely loss” that occur in an alternate world in an imagined past and a distant future.  Within this retro-futurist universe, bodies, like time, are fluid.  They are doubled, dismembered, as well as exceeding their limits and extending into their surroundings.

By exploring bodies, space, and history through disparate visual languages, Ganesh asks her viewers to seek and consider alternate narratives of sexuality and power.  There are always untold stories trying to rise to the surface.

Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn-based artist who works–often collaboratively–in many disciplines, including drawing, painting, film, and text.  She holds her BA in Comparative Literature and Art Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University.  She is also an alumnus of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a 2012 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts.

Currently, she is an Artist-in-Residence at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the first Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has also been spending much of her time in India, where she has been extensively studying Indian comics and visual culture.

Ganesh’s work has been exhibited at venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Asia Society, Bronx Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, White Columns, Momenta Art, and Apex Art in New York. International venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), EVAM (Spain), Museum voor Moderne Kunst (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), and the Prince of Wales Museum (Mumbai). She has displayed recent solo projects at the Gothenburg Kunsthalle, MoMA PS1, and The Andy Warhol Museum, and has shown her latest film at the Center for Asian American Media’s CAAM Fest.

Her work is represented in prominent international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, and the Saatchi Collection. She is represented by Wend Norris Gallery in San Francisco. Architects of the Future is Ganesh’s first project at Durham Press.

Architects of the Future is available as a set or as individual prints directly through our gallery. Please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead for more information, [email protected]

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Studio shots of Chitra’s portfolio featuring the print “Away From the Watcher”:

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