“Basement Membrane” by Tracy Hill
OK, so none of us are actually in the UK at this time, but we did get word of Tracy Hill’s new exhibition Maere Panels at Curve Gallery (Liverpool, UK) so we thought we’d share. You probably remember Tracy’s large-scale hanging prints from her exhibition with Martha Oatway last December (pictured, Left). As with the prints at WPG, the prints in Maere Panels build upon the use of the map, layering techniques and imagery that “responds directly to the nature of layering and of building surfaces which resonates with the years of history and palimpsest within our landscape.”
This exhibition is up for the Liverpool Biennial, October 20-27, with an Opening Reception that Friday night (the 19th), if you happen to be in the area. Further details at Curve Gallery’s link, above.
By now you probably have heard of WPG’s own special visiting exhibition, Ex Libris, coming to the gallery in June. We hope that everyone in the area will be able to join us for this exciting opportunity. We have two other exhibition announcements we want to share as well:
Multiplicity-this is the exhibition curated by our Excellence in Printmaking juror, Joann Moser. It closed last Sunday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and WPG Director Annie Newman was fortunate enough to squeak in a visit. It’s a lot of work, and some people might even say it’s an overload. But, being part of a print gallery, Annie found it enjoyable. She particularly liked R. Luke Dubois’ prints from the “Hindsight is 20/20” portfolio, which takes the most common words from each President’s State of the Union addresses and forms them into a vision chart. It makes for an interesting comment on each era’s concerns and hot topics. You have to wait a little while to see this exhibition again, but if you’re anywhere near Little Rock, Arkansas from September 20, 2012–January 6, 2013 we suggest checking it out at the Arkansas Art Center.
Field of Vision-Remember Martha Oatway’s exhibition with Tracy Hill that was here last December? It’s now at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, UK. If you’re in the area, you can check it out until April 14. Can’t make it to Preston? We also have some prints by Martha at WPG that are part of editions made for that exhibition. You can also read more about it in our current newsletter.
Field of Vision is a unique show combining the discoveries of two a like artists in one another’s respective homelands. Despite the differences in Martha Oatway and Tracy Hill’s prints, wholeness is created among them through the unity of their one vision. Their shared multidimensional experiences shine through the communication of their works.The show consists of prints with abstract expressionist qualities illustrating different locations around Washington and Preston. Martha Oatway’s prints carry a mysterious mood with their muted colors and eye-catching patterns. She uses various techniques, my favorite in particular being her screen prints on Plexiglas. Oatway’s enigmatic aura distinguishes her work from Hill’s. Hill work is more conceptual, abstract, and less formal. She has beautiful combines where she presents translucent layers of print and drawing on acrylic panels. Hill says the layers in her work “connect with the layered histories and physical creation of the landscape but the overlaid images reflect on the fragility of the earth.” The 10 hanging screen print’s Hill made engage the viewer as the lightly sway in the front of the gallery. Their purpose being to invite the viewer to “ consider the narratives of those places through time” I truly think this is successfully done. The viewer is able to capture that ambiance from this series and relate it to the rest of show. I feel as if the entire show is to express the journey and process that rendered the art itself. The way the artist’s incorporate maps and a constant audio track playing in the vault of the sound the artist heard during their walks, really enables the viewer to fully indulge in the exploration and passage of time. I enjoyed the uncommon partner show, it felt like a performance piece to me.
The following is part of a larger article introducing several international initiatives we are undertaking at WPG, which was introduced last week. You can view the full article, and the full newsletter, here.
"Moor Walk" by Tracey Hill, monotype, 4x22.5 in, 2010.
WPG’s Spring newsletter introduced “Field of Vision”, a year-long project by UK printmaker Tracy Hill and WPG member Martha Oatway. Since January, the artists have been creating prints based on landscapes surrounding Lancashire, England and Washington, DC. Martha has been working at ArtLab studios (University of Lancashire, UK) and Tracy Hill recently completed a residency at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD. It is a rare opportunity when two artists can work together on a project for an extended period of time, including artist residencies in each other’s country. WPG looks forward to exhibiting Tracy’s and Martha’s prints from this international collaboration in December 2011.
"Mapping the UK" by Martha Oatway
Comments from Martha Oatway: I’ve been in the UK for nearly 2 years now,
so my “US” eyes are not as US as they were when I first arrived. However, I still have a visceral response to the landscape conditioned by my early childhood in Maine, and I still find wonder in the UK landscape. Recently, Tracy Hill (senior printmaking technician at University of Central Lancashire) came to Pyramid Atlantic for a 9 day residency. This is part of an exchange between UCLan and Pyramid. I’ve been doing the Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) at UCLan, and the university sent Tracy over for the residency at PA. I learned a most important thing while Tracy was in the DC area, walking with me for our December show at WPG. Now that I’ve been away from the US for a lengthy time, seen and experienced a different landscape, I see the US landscape through different eyes myself. Tracy and I talked as we walked here, and I found I was experiencing the US landscape in a new way when walking with her. Now I see things in the US landscape that I took for granted before. So, being away has made me look at the US landscape with awakened eyes and new awareness.
Comments from Tracey Hill: During my visit to Washington the thing that struck me most was the feeling of openness about the city. It was a real joy to discover the little treasures of parks and gardens which are hidden amongst the buildings and road systems. I love the juxtaposition of planned city with the natural systems of forest and river. They dominate and support the city by linking its people and their lives to each other and the past histories of the country. In contrast, the urban towns and cities of Lancashire were places of slow growth spreading out and carving their way into the landscape searching for space as the region was shaped by the industrial revolution. Lancashire takes its name from the city of Lancaster, which itself means ‘Roman fort on the River Lune’, combining the name of the river with the Old English cæster. The waterways and rivers, which were so significant to the lives of people living in this area as communities were formed, are still important today connecting and creating corridors of natural space.