Thursday, February 11, 2016

Distant Views - Monotypes by Jacob Matteson

Jacob Matteson discusses his work with a viewer

Jacob Matteson's monotypes

On First Friday, February 5, 2016, New Grounds Gallery hosted an artist reception and exhibition opening for Distant Views - Monotypes by Jacob Matteson.

This colorful body of work is fresh from Jacob's studio, combining layers of monotype, paint and colored pencil in eye-catching ways. 

The artist, Jacob Matteson, poses with his work

Jacob is an internationally known printmaker who enchants the eye with fresh landscape monotypes. Matteson’s colorful abstraction invites the viewer to observe the interaction of light, color, shape, pattern, and motion. 

His unique form of environmental abstraction creates drama, blending multiple places into a dreamlike memory that suggests a moment in time, while resembling familiar terrain. Each surreal horizon is a metaphor of space, location, emotion and even ancient mysticism.

An Albuquerque native, Jacob received his MFA at the University of New Mexico and shows his work regionally, as well as internationally. 

Jacob's demo monotype

Jacob inks up his monotype plate

Jacob Matteson provided a detailed monotype technique demo during the opening, showing the audience how he mixes color, builds layers, creates his signature sun/moon, and prints. 

If you missed the opening, don't worry! We'll be editing and sharing the video of his demonstration soon on our YouTube channel.

The exhibition itself runs through Friday, February 26, so be sure to stop by if you haven't seen it in person yet.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Year, New Works Exhibition

Viewer enjoying the new work

New woodcuts by Kendall Murakami
On January 1, 2016, New Grounds Gallery hosted our opening exhibition - New - New Works by New Grounds Members. The show featured a rich array of fresh works, completed at the very end of 2015, and most of our current members showcased pieces.

Works by Shirley Levy, Dan Noyes and Wayne Chinander

Works by Wayne Chinander (L) and Pamela Wesolek (R)
The colorful, sophisticated body of new work demonstrated a variety of traditional and experimental printmaking techniques: from relief (linocut, woodcut and reduction relief) to multi-plate etching, monotype, monoprint, mixed media and gravure.

A viewer enjoys pieces by Elaine Soto

Work by Jessica Krichels (L), Lincoln Draper (C), Ray Maseman and Knicki Markolf (R)

Pieces L-R, left wall - Bruce Carpenter, Ren Adams, Jessica Krichels
Featured artists included:
Ray Maseman, Knicki Markolf (Canada), Jorge Tristani, Jessica Krichels, Ren Adams, Lincoln Draper, Bruce Carpenter, Elaine Soto, Kendall Murakami, Jessica Weybright, Dan Noyes, Wayne Chinander, Shirley Levy, Mary Sundstrom and Pamela Wesolek.

We also rang in the new year in style!

Other shots from the exhibition:

Works by Bruce Carpenter (L), Ren Adams (R)

Our excellent intern Allison talks about Kendall Murakami's work

The gallery!

Work in the foreground, right - Jessica Weybright, Jorge Tristani