"Five Fathoms: A New Portfolio of Woodcuts" Exhibition

Heskin Contemporary

poster for "Five Fathoms: A New Portfolio of Woodcuts" Exhibition

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“Five Fathoms”, is a portfolio exhibition of woodcuts by four visual artists and one poet. The bold, elegant woodcuts in this limited edition artist’s book provide a contemporary visual analog to Twain’s metaphorical tale (excerpted within) as they explore the broad formal vocabulary of abstraction. Jebah Baum’s quirky mazelike shapes reveal a dynamic engagement with positive and negative space, inviting us to consider the puzzling nature of memory and the mysteries of connection. Robert G. Edelman’s two-toned images are derived from expressionistic ink collages that call to mind the strangely beautiful patterns of flotsam on a flowing river or the shadows of clouds gliding over farmland. Timothy Linn’s intuitively choreographed prints have a graphic monumentality evocative of the cuts made by a river in the surface of the earth. His crisp, austere lines pierce and demarcate large resonant fields of black. Boris Sternberg’s tightly orchestrated constructivist compositions communicate a tragic/comic literalism juxtaposing the threatening cogs of paddle wheels against the ribbed skeletons of fish. John Reid Curries rhythmic poem reads like a bluesy jazz suite offering a verbal counterpoint to the visual images in the portfolio. There is a longing for transcendence in his gritty riffs on past and present pop icons, urbanity and impermanence.

The portfolio is co-published with Protophorm Press. It is Heskin Contemporary’s first print exhibition.



from October 27, 2011 to December 10, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-10-27 from 18:00 to 21:00
Poetry reading by John Reid Currie at 8 pm.

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