Gertrud Parker “Watercolors and Prints”

Godwin-Ternbach Museum

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The Godwin-Ternbach Museum presents, for the first time in New York, the work of Afghanistan Gertrud Parker, a San Francisco Bay Area artist and sculptor whose significance and visibility have grown dramatically since her early career. Parker is an active nonagenarian who has defied many of the conventions and expectations for women of her generation. Best known for her sculptures of “gutskin” stretched over welded frames, she first studied with legendary figures of the fiber art movement–Lillian Elliot, Pat Hickman, Yoshika Wada, and Kay Sekimachi–at its height in the early 1970s, when Bay Area artists were merging traditional craft and scholarship with art. Parker’s talents also extend into the realms of painting, printmaking, mixed media and installation art. This exhibition, organized to honor her achievements of a lifetime, Untitledfor the first time displays her watercolors and prints in a one-person exhibition.

A prominent feature of all her work is a delicate balance between whimsy and gravity, showing a paradoxical lightness Tabletof touch and meaning, juxtaposed by an equal dose of what one critic has noted are “her insightful explorations of the darker themes of human existence… ”. These qualities persist in the recent works on paper, demonstrating a consistency of theme and focus over a period of almost 40 years of artistic practice. It is as if her palette has extracted the translucent light and color of the sculptural works and transposed it to paper, to the delight of the viewer.



from September 08, 2015 to September 27, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-09-08 from 18:00 to 20:00


Gertrud Parker

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