PICTURING THIS: Prints and books by Karen Kunc

LandEscape by Karen Kunc
Garden of Disaster by Karen Kunc
Essence of Abydos by Karen Kunc
Aqua Alta by Karen Kunc
Incessant White Noise by Karen Kunc
Infrastructure by Karen Kunc
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LandEscape by Karen Kunc

Picturing This: Prints and Books by Karen Kunc opens on November 4

opening reception: November 4, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30pm

Prints and artist books by Karen Kunc, will be on view in the gallery. There will be a talk/presentation by the artist. BookWorks Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public.
exhibition dates: November 4, 2017 through January 20, 2018
Artist Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world in her prints and artist books, creating ideas of ‘strange beauty’. She is an advocate for the “experiential nature” of artist’s books – that one experiences the work on many sensual and spatial levels.

Ms Kunc finds artist books to be a “fertile format”. Among the many reasons Ms Kunc makes books is to recognize the tactile qualities of work made for the hand, the control of pacing and the “reading/viewing” as an experience, an interest in story-telling, and strong, important historical and cultural associations.
In making “book objects” she engages her love of materials – an awareness of paper, ink, proportion, color, relationships, finish, detail, all parts to the whole, with evidence of craftsmanship. Her books become an aesthetic object, even a beautiful one, as a carrier of important ideas.
Her prints and books often deal with her own “print” issues – reading and perception questions – how one is aware of subtle printed elements, how one reads on multiple dimensional printed levels, how the eye moves through the works into designed entrances and exits, where one gets entwined and held, and where a simple ending forms. The experience of making and thinking is what influences her visual instinct and interconnections, which results in the works themselves.

Artist Bio – Karen Kunc is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Awards include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two NEA/MAAA awards, the 2007 SGCI Printmaker Emeritus Award. Her works have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and are held in numerous collections: MOMA; Library of Congress; Milwaukee Art Museum; Haas Arts Library Yale University; Stanford University; Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland; Portland Art Museum OR. She has taught workshops around the world, in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Bangladesh, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, Iceland, Spain; and she has lectured as a visiting artist to over 200 institutions.   Kunc has recently launched Constellation Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a creative destination for artist residencies, collaborations and workshops in print, paper, book.