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Small Portfolios from the Constellation Studios Collection
by Rebecca Gilbert, Matthew Wittmer, Sue Coe
+ other small selections.
May 6 – 28, 2022
First Friday Reception May 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm

A special opportunity to view a cohesive series of prints by several artists that each offer visual delights and details. Prints in this presentation format can play with variations on a theme and echo notes that are intended for visual readings. We are fascinated by the attention, skill, and stream-of-story within these series.

Rebecca Gilbert is making an extensive project on the Dance of Death, updated for our times, yet referential to the Medieval allegory. Her project in its entirety will consist of a total of 82 prints, all unbound, to be housed in a clamshell box. 41 are Holbein images that she is faithfully creating as wood engravings and printing along with movable type, and 41 are from her own drawings also interpreted as wood engravings. She has been working diligently on the project for about two years and is just a 1/3 of the way through. She estimates it could be four more years before it’s finished. A selection is presented here.

Matthew Wittmer created the Run series as a UNL MFA candidate (97-00). These intaglio prints convey extensive and obscure references to film scenes of……you know……running. Beautifully drawn with chiaroscuro effects and a sense of a motion capture, our filmic knowledge is tested.

Sue Coe’s small collection is The Tail that Wagged the Dog, a series of etching, aquatint, and linoleum prints from 1990. Coe is a passionate artist and illustrator who uses her visual voice to speak for animal rights and our relationship with them, as well as social justice issues, all with dark humor, pathos, and graphic intensity

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