Building Wide opening reception tonight, Friday Feb. 16 from 6-8pm! Upcoming exhibitions in March: Jill Wilkinson's PINE and Spencer Fidler's VASCULUM.

JOAN WINTER: MARFA TO SUDARE

CONTINUING THROUGH MAY 

MARCH 16 - MAY 15, 2007
ARTIST'S RECEPTION MARCH 16 6-8PM
ARTIST'S GALLERY TALK 7PM
 

A RECEPTION AT FLATBED ON FRIDAY, MARCH 16 WILL LAUNCH THE FIRST EXHIBITION IN AUSTIN BY DALLAS-BASED PRINTER AND SCULPTOR JOAN WINTER.

WINTER’S WORK REFLECTS HER INTEREST IN THE CHANGES TIME BRINGS, SUCH AS THE VARIATIONS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW DURING THE DAY AND THROUGH THE CYCLES OF SEASONS. EACH PRINT IS AN ABSTRACT IMAGE DOMINATED BY ONE MAIN COLOR, WITH RICH, SUBTLE VARIATIONS OF COLOR AND TEXTURE ACROSS THE SURFACE. “I AM SEARCHING FOR ETHEREAL QUALITIES CONCEALED BENEATH THE LAYERS OF THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW,” SAID WINTER.

INCLUDED IN THE SHOW AT FLATBED WILL BE A SERIES OF ETCHINGS INSPIRED BY MARFA, TEXAS. “THESE PRINTS ISOLATE AND BEGIN TO REVEAL THE ELUSIVE SERENITY OF MARFA,” SAID WINTER. “THEY ARE NOT REFERENTIAL, BUT EMBODY THE SURFACES AND COLORS OF MARFA AND THE SURROUNDING WEST TEXAS LANDSCAPE. THE SAND-COLORED ADOBE, THE ASTONISHING VAST SKY, THE OCOTILLO, AND THE RUGGED LAND ARE INSPIRATIONS FOR THE FORMS AND COLORS OF THIS SERIES OF MULTI-PLATE ETCHINGS.”

WINTER’S PRINTS ARE EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE COMPARED TO MOST ETCHINGS, WITH SOME OF THE WORKS MEASURING 54 X 33 INCHES. TO MAKE HER PRINTS, WINTER USES THE LARGE PRESSES AT FLATBED PRESS IN AUSTIN, COLLABORATING WITH MASTER PRINTERS KATHERINE BRIMBERRY AND ELVIA PERRIN. FLATBED PRESS IS A WELL-KNOWN FINE-ART PRESS, PRINTING AND EDITIONING FOR MANY NATIONALLY- AND INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN ARTISTS.

WINTER’S PRINTS ARE MADE WITH A VERY DIRECT PROCESS, LAYERING MULTIPLE COPPER PLATES AND OFTEN USING INK TRANSPARENCIES TO ULTIMATELY REVEAL A DELICATE QUALITY OF LIGHT. WINTER ENJOYS THE ELEMENTS OF SPONTANEITY AND INTUITIVE CHANCE THAT COME INTO PLAY AS SHE DEVELOPS THE COPPER PLATES USED TO CREATE THE PRINTS. “THE ETCHINGS ARE ABOUT THE TOUCH AND FEELING OF FRAGILE CONNECTIONS.”

WINTER’S SCULPTURE, PRINTS, AND DRAWINGS, SOME OF WHICH MAY BE SEEN AT HOLLY JOHNSON GALLERY IN DALLAS, ARE INFLUENCED BY JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE. WOOD IS THE PRIMARY MEDIUM FOR WINTER’S SCULPTURE, BUT SHE SOMETIMES CASTS THE PIECES IN CLEAR, TRANSLUCENT RESIN TO CREATE SINEWY, LUMINOUS FORMS THAT PLAY LIGHT AGAINST SHADOW.

WINTER RECEIVED HER MFA FROM SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY, MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. SHE HAD PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN THE FIELD OF SPACE PLANNING AND INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE FOR SEVERAL MAJOR ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS. HER WORK HAS BEEN SHOWN IN GALLERIES IN TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, AND NEW YORK AND IS INCLUDED IN NUMEROUS PRIVATE AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS.

THE RECEPTION ON MARCH 16 WILL BE FROM 6 TO 8 P.M. AND THE ARTIST WILL BE PRESENT TO GIVE A GALLERY TALK AT 7PM. WINTER’S WORK WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE GALLERY UNTIL APRIL 23.

FLATBED GALLERIES ARE LOCATED AT 2832 E. MLK, ONE MILE EAST OF I-35 AND NEXT DOOR TO HOPICE AUSTIN.

WINTER'S WORK HAS BEEN EXHIBITED MOST RECENTLY AT THE INTERNATIONAL PRINT CENTER NEW YORK, HWY 90 GALLERY IN MARFA, THE HOLLY JOHNSON GALLERY IN DALLAS, AND THE HOUSTON ASSISTANCE LEAGUE (JURIED BY CARTER FOSTER, CURATOR OF DRAWINGS AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART).