Kittredge Gallery Artists Explore the Use of Repetition in Different Media

February 6, 2011

Tacoma, Wash.On view at Kittredge Gallery from January 17 to February 26 are two complementary exhibitions of work by artists who use repetition in various ways.

Marked, the exhibition in the Large Gallery, includes the work of three artists: Susan Dory, Margie Livingston, and Michelle Grabner. This exhibition was curated by Puget Sound Assistant Professor of Art Elise Richman. It features a variety of abstract paintings: Grabner’s stark yet radiant achromatic tondos; Dory’s vibrant, layered, and interweaving compositions; and Livingston’s sculptural and/or shaped decals, cubes, coils, “wafer boards,” and folded paintings.

Marked highlights painting’s potential to simultaneously operate as a material thing and communication mode. Each artist’s distinct, concrete method of mark-making embodies abstract relationships to time, underlying motives, and thinking processes.

On view in the Small Gallery is a portfolio of 10 prints titled Patterned Remarks. The portfolio, curated by Janet Marcavage, Puget Sound associate professor of art, was originally developed for the Southern Graphics Council Conference and Philagrafika in Philadelphia this last spring. Ten artists invested in hands-on printmaking were invited to create multiples that utilize printmaking as a matrix to explore visual pattern.

The thematic statement that accompanies the portfolio reads: “The act of repetition is intrinsic to the processes of printmaking and may be associated with nostalgia, production, and the recurrence of events. Throughout the process, statements evolve, repeat, and are reiterated again. The prints in this portfolio utilize printmaking as a matrix to explore visual pattern, including personal remarks on the decorative aspects and mimicry of the visual, societal, and biological systems around us.

Printmakers chosen for the portfolio include Jennifer Angus, Mark Franchino, Kevin Haas, Karla Hackenmiller, Adriane Herman, Yoshihiro Kitai, Janet Marcavage, Frances Myers, Jessica Spring, and Imin Yeh. The portfolio was printed in an edition of 13: A portfolio was given to each participant, as well as the Southern Graphics Council Archives, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the art collection at Puget Sound.

Both exhibitions will be on view from Jan. 17, through Feb. 26. Details of associated talks and other programs will be posted on the gallery’s website and Facebook pages.

Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the art department and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 5 to 7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery

Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA
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Photos featured— top right: Susan Dory, Pact 7, courtesy of the artist and Winston-Wächter Fine Art, Seattle; top left: Michelle Grabner, Untitled, courtesy of the artist and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; bottom right: Margie Livingston, Painting Folded into a Square on Metal Stand, courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle; bottom left: Imin Yeh, Takeaway (detail), courtesy of the artist.