BOSTON (September 27, 2010) — Simmons College presents "Time/Line: Anne Krinsky, 2000 — 2010," October 6 — November 5 at the Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery, fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway, in Boston.
There will be an artist talk and reception on Thursday, October 7, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
"Time/Line" explores continuity and change in a decade of Krinsky's panel paintings and works on paper. Employing the ruling pen and luminous layers of sanded acrylic colors, the works combine precision with the soft focus of memory. Some paintings contain archaeological or architectural references, while others favor pure geometric abstraction.
The exhibition also includes a new installation, Shelf Life, conceived especially for the Trustman. The show's curator, Gallery Director Michele Cohen, explained that "an overview of Krinsky's work over the past ten years provides insight into the evolution of her creative process, which is not strictly linear."
About her use of line and the ruling pen the artist writes: "Line emerged as an independent element in my Valparaiso paintings — small portable works on paper begun during a 2005 residency at Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain. In them, I overlaid patterned or textured fields of gouache and acrylic color with angular crayon or pencil lines. In 2007, I recalled Philadelphia painter, Edna Andrade, telling me years ago, that she had used a ruling pen — an adjustable caliper which is dipped in paint — to make the lines in her elegant, precisely-calibrated, geometrical paintings, I realized that I had inherited more than the use of the ruling pen from her."
In Krinsky's Delineation paintings on paper, an accumulation of painted lines coalesce into larger shapes, which are transformed by underlying layers of pigment. In others, a delicate curvilinear grid floats atop a painterly ground. The Delineation panels are built up over time with thick swaths, splotches and drips of candy-colored acrylic paint. When they are subsequently sanded down, many layers merge into a seamless seductive surface — a visual representation of a present moment shaped by prior experience.
The artist created Shelf Life — an installation of 12 x 9 inch acrylic and mixed media panels — for her 2010 Trustman Gallery show. Displayed on shelves in the gallery, the piece is comprised of new and older tablet-like panels, some of which have been sanded and reworked. These include botanical images from 2002 and 2003 made in response to viewing rare illustrated manuscripts in London's Natural History Museum. The composite work — in which green stripes figure prominently — was inspired in part by the subtly striped green glass of the new Simmons library.
Krinsky sees her studio as a repository of images, which can be recycled and recombined in novel ways. Shelf Life, one result of this visual cross-fertilization, explores ideas about repetition, variation and reproduction and asks: How long can an image keep, particularly in the digital age?
Anne Krinsky, who is based in Boston, has other upcoming solo exhibitions in 2011 at Soprafina Gallery in Boston, which will also feature small works on panel in conjunction with her Simmons show. Recent group shows have included "The Boston Drawing Project — 10 Years On and Going Strong" at Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA; "The Persistence of Line / Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles" at the Kentler International Drawing Center in Brooklyn, NY; "Community of Artists" at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA; "First Traces/Artists Sketchbooks" at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport; and "The Algorithms of Art" at the McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.
Krinsky has been awarded residencies at Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain; Brisons Veor, St. Just, England; the Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY; and most recently at the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA.
Trustman Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Marcia Lomedico at 617-521-2268 or visit the Trustman Art Gallery website.
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