COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO (Thought) by Lauren Kirchner is comprised of a neuron-like motif, printed in red and blue oil-based ink on mirrored vinyl, and many blue and red elastic cords that extend from the edges of the print and attach to the gallery columns. The converging clusters of taut cords expand the neuron pattern into space, inviting the viewer to enter inside. The metallic quality of the vinyl creates a distorted, mirror-like effect.

This “printstallation” spans 8 ft in height and 22 ft in length, with elastic cords that extend into the gallery measuring 19 ft. This artwork was installed in sections throughout the week leading up to the opening of the show, and took a team of artists working with Lauren Kirchner approximately 10 hours to complete.

Thus, we present to you, the installation process.

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Cutting out the shape with the aid of a projector.

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Attaching the blue and red elastic cords to the wall around the edges of the installation.

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Lauren Kirchner pulling all the elastic bands together and attaching them to the gallery support beams.

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Views of the completed printstallation, COGITATIO. This work’s grand size and elaborate detail tie together the theme of IMAGO ANIMI, and are a testament to Kirchner’s skill and dedication. Congratulations, Lauren, on your MFA!

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Installing IMAGO ANIMI

April 18, 2012

Installation is in full swing at the gallery for Lauren Kirchner’s show, IMAGO ANIMI (Image of the Mind).

Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Lauren Kirchner : IMAGO ANIMI at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Please join us for the opening reception, this Saturday, April 21, from 5:30 to 8PM!

This past weekend we spent preparing and installing for our upcoming exhibit, Gerardo R. : Un Día a la Vez.

Installing art at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Please join us for the opening reception, this Saturday, March 3 from 5:30-8PM at 1004 W. Page Ave, Dallas, TX.

Update

December 4, 2011

Brooklyn late evening

Brooklyn, NY. Last fall leaves.

Hello dear friends of Start Gallery Dallas,

Many of you have likely experienced a moment when you had to make a difficult decision that uproots your life. In our case, Robert and I made the decision to move our home and gallery headquarters to New York City to take advantage of a job opportunity for Robert. After some harrowing experiences with the NYC apartment rental market, we found a new home and are settled into Brooklyn, NY. Our command center is back up and running. It was not an easy decision, but we are excited about the possibilities for our gallery.

So, what does this mean for our visitors and artists?

  • Our Oak Cliff, Dallas gallery will re-open for spring exhibitions in March 2012 with two exciting back-to-back solo shows (more details coming soon).
  • We are revamping our website and will soon combine Start Gallery Dallas and Start Gallery Store to form one convenient, easy-to-use site at a single URL.
  • Our submissions page remains open for new artists.
  • New projects in NYC will be coming soon.

In keeping with having our HQ in the center of the emerging art world, Start Gallery Dallas remains focused on featuring the best and brightest emerging artists both local and national. In spring 2012 we will be showing local Dallas artists who can go mano-a-mano with the top talent of NYC. So, please stay tuned as we release more details of our spring shows!

Happy Holidays,

Veronika Tkachuk
Director
Start Gallery Dallas
 

P.S. The screen print sale at Start Gallery Store is still on through January 1st, 2012. Check out these lovely screen prints by Lauren Hirsch.

On Friday (09.23.11) we were invited to attend the Fall 2011 reception and demonstration for the University of Dallas Matrix Prints program. The featured artist was Endi Poskovic, a renowned woodblock Printmaker and professor from the University of Michigan.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

First, we were given a very special opportunity to go into the preparation studio as the students mixed the colors and inked the blocks for the night’s demonstration. In the Matrix program, the students serve as the printers for an edition of the artist’s artwork, so all of the mixing, inking, and printing of the images is done by the students.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

Here are two of the four blocks that will make up this print, inked and ready for the demonstration. You can see some of the colorful inks that make up layers in the print. Most of the colors were selected and modified by the students after consultation with the artist.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

This is the last of the three color plates, ready for printing. These plates were hand-carved by the artist using traditional Japanese woodcutting techniques as well as a modern Dremel tool to add tiny holes to the plate. According to the artist, each plate can take from several dozen to several hundred hours to carve.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

Now, in the printmaking studio, the master plate is ready for inking. The final of the four plates contains all of the black lines that complete the work, pulling together all of the elements in the print. Japanese-style woodblock prints can be printed by hand or with a printing press. In this case, the students are using a press.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

Endi Poskovic is explaining the artistic thought process and background that went into the print. He remarked that he started woodblock printing after graduation. Poskovic’s works are deliberately abstract and unsettling, and he incorporates common cognates of the English language in French and Spanish, which adds to the ambiguous nature of his work. In this particular print, “mon petit ami” is the phrase.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

One of the students is chosen each semester as the Master Printer, and he or she gets to choose the visiting artist for that term. Above, the Master Printer is inking the master plate.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

This is the first run, meaning the first plate’s impression on the paper. This will serve as the bottom layer on the print.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

Second run, now the mix of colors is starting to become apparent. The magic of Poskovic’s prints lie in his artful mixture of pigments. Two colors are layered to form three, due to different levels of transparency of the inks. Fittingly, the paper is Japanese kozo, a very thin and translucent paper that is only produced in Japan.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

In this detail photo, you can see exactly how it happens. With the wet plum-colored layer remaining on the paper, the second run adds a light gray color on top. In the places where the inks overlap, the colors mix to form a new silvery purple color. The water, too, has become three colors from only two inks.

The third run brings in the orange sky and blue background. The paper was blotted with newsprint before this run to dry out the first two runs’ colors.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

The master plate is now printed, and the image is complete!

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

The thick black lines add drama and finish the piece. Poskovic’s trademark language fragment appears at the bottom inside the black bar.

Special thanks to the students and faculty of the University of Dallas, and to the members of Matrix for making these events possible! Also, thanks to Endi Poskovic for teaching the students and inviting us all to enter his artistic world for an evening.

Start Gallery Dallas behidn the scenes.

The gallery is buzzing with excitement, as we have been photographing more artworks to add to Start Gallery Store!

The picture above gives only a small glimpse into the process—usually you see me balancing on a ladder fighting vertigo while photographing from above.

We will start releasing these beautiful artworks later this week. Stay tuned!

-Veronika, director

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