Thursday, August 19, 2010

Eva Pietzcker at Cullom Gallery this Weekend

Moving Trees.  Moku hanga (Japanese-style woodblock print). 9-1/2 x 9-7/8 inches.  Edition 20
We are getting the finishing touches on what is proving to be a beautiful exhibit, Revealing the Root: Moku Hanga by Eva Pietzcker, which opens at Cullom Gallery this Saturday, August 21st.  Stop by for the opening reception from 6 to 9 pm and meet Eva who is making her first trip to Seattle for the occasion!  The sixteen ethereal woodblock prints on view are all hand-printed with water-based inks in the traditional Japanese moku hanga manner.  These prints, even more so that those in last year's show here, truly reduce the landscape to its very essence.  In her statement Eva has said that she seeks to "reconnect to the root and reveal a vital energy" (as embodied in) "foundational stone, waves or mountains."  That's what I see in these prints too, thus my title, Revealing the Root....

Winter Lake.  Moku hanga (Japanese-style woodblock print) 26-3/8 x 18-1/2 inches.  Edition 20.
Eva bases her prints on plein air impressions rendered in sumi-e sketches and gathered during travels, most recently in and around the Baltic Sea, the Rhine River, Crete, Ontario, and her homebase of Berlin.  Lately Eva has also shared with me her new-found affinity to the lighter-than-air landscape paintings of 14th century Chinese painters of the Yuan Dynasty.  Kind of a twins-separated-at-birth feeling for her it sounds like.

But wait!  There's more.  Eva is sticking around after the Saturday opening and on Sunday August 22nd, she will give a talk and moku hanga demonstration at Cullom Gallery at 1 pm .  In the last few years Eva has been called on frequently as an instructor and Visiting Artist.  In 2009 and earlier this year, she was a Visiting Artist at Montana State University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Institute for East Asian Art at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Please pass this on to all your printmaking friends.  I expect Eva will treat us to a clear and insightful demonstration.

Revealing the Root: Moku Hanga by Eva Pietzcker
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 21, 6 to 9pm
Artist's Talk and Moku Hanga printmaking demonstration, Sunday August 22, 1 pm
See the show online beginning August 21 at
Cullom Gallery
603 S Main Street
Seattle, WA  98104

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