New Works by Artists Catherine Farish and Milan Kilc on View in Vermont, 7/5-31
CYNTHIA-REEVES is pleased to present new works by Canadian printmaker and artist, Catherine Farish, and a sculptural installation by Czech artist, Milan Klic at 47 Flat Street, Brattleboro, Vermont. The exhibition runs from, July 5 - 31 with a reception on July 11 from 6:30-8:30 PM during Gallery Walk.
Catherine Farish has been experimenting with player piano rolls as both content and surface for this new body of work. All the images are mixed media on perforated paper, mounted on Arches paper. Her process begins with plates of metal, plastic, used materials or found objects. The encoding techniques for musical language became an expressive vocabulary and vehicle for Farish's ongoing interest in music, rhythm and the repetition of motif. On the repurposed player piano rolls the artist has added abstract marks, language fragments, and collaged papers, which allow her to complicate both the surfaces, and how those surfaces are perceived.
Farish's work has been described as emotionally sophisticated and provocative. Her intuitive approach is guided by a dialogue with the materials and a sensitivity to the physical characteristics of her innovative techniques in printmaking -- techniques she has been exploring for three decades of intensive work.
Abstraction and text typically feature in Farish's concise palette: earthy brick reds to muted blues, ochres and sand tones, and soft greens. While the works read overwhelmingly as abstract, Farish sometimes incorporates script, where the words function as visual elements in her composition, rather than for their meaning. These marking contribute to the sense of an elusive narrative behind each work, and their inherent sense of mystery.
In this latest series, Farish has a new interest in the relationship between the binary sequential language as shown on the piano roll and a more painterly, organic and often chaotic expression of doodles, scribbles and random markings. Together they combine to create a multi-layered surface where chance and accidents are welcomed. Change occurs naturally without the usual effort for control and "A New Order" emerges.
Farish received a diploma from the Montreal Museum School of Fine Arts and her BFA from Concordia University. She went on to study with a master printer in the French tradition of printmaking. Farish has shown extensively in Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Asia with over forty solo exhibitions and her work can be seen in many collections. She is the recipient of the Grand Prize for Printmaking in Quebec and the Acquisition Award from the City of Montreal. Other awards include the Grand Prize for Printmaking in Que?bec, the Material Award in the Boston Printmakers Exhibition and several grants, including a residency at the International Art Festival in Asilah Morocco. In 2008 she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.
Milan Klic has sculpted ephemeral and magical forms since emigrating from the Czeck Republic in the 1980s. In his three-dimensional structures, threaded canopies hover tentatively over thin, bamboo armatures. Primitive and frail in their execution and composed of organic materials, the sculptures refer back to the origins of travel, or of flight. The fragility and the lightness of the bamboo makes the sculptures seem to materialize out of thin air -- like spatial drawings reduced to bare essentials, confounding in their non-functionality. These fragile structures are poised for movement, as if time and motion were suspended from within them. They bear silent, contemplative witness to a world obsessed with relentless mobility.
When Klic came to this country, he pursued his studies at Brandeis University in Boston. He has since shown his work at Harvard University, The Boston Immigration Museum, the Newport Art Museum, Fuller Museum of Art, the International Institute of Boston, and the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections. Klic is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant, 2001.
He writes: "My sculpture attempts to reflect on diverse facets of human experience, referring to both past and present on two levels: the organic materials speak of our bond to the earth historically; the ephemeral quality of the sculptures convey echoes of our enfeebled connection to the earth. It is as if time and motion were suspended from within."
Please note that this will be the last exhibition at the pop-up gallery at 47 Flat Street in Brattleboro. The gallery will be closing for August, and we will be reopening at our new space in Walpole in early fall.
For more information on these artists and to view their online portfolios, visit Cynthia-reeves.com, or call for more information: 802 579 1029.
Artwork: Catherine Farish, The Oracle, mixed media on perforated paper, 39 1/2 x 44 3/4 inches, 2014; Milan Klic, Listeners to Distant Honey, thread pigment, bamboo, metal, stone, 8 x 9 x 16 FT, 2010.