This week Kip has been at The University of Ulster as an artist in residence during the Festival of Art & Design.
Working with staff members Bill Penney and Janet Preston he has made two Drypoints , Singularity 1 and Singularity 2 also a triptych screenprint, Solvach.
He gave a talk on collaboration on Thursday.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 11th February, 6.00 - 8:30 pm
Exhibition Run: 12th February - 28th March
Maddox Arts is delighted to announce the opening of Willard Boepple’s The Sense of Things, an exhibition uniting a broad selection of work by the celebrated, New York-based artist. By placing recent work alongside that of historical pieces the exhibition traces the artist’s trajectory over several decades, following the ebb and flow of his attentions and hopes to present a rounded picture of a career dedicated to the formation of an intuitive, visual language all of his own.
At a first glance the viewer may be challenged to find commonality amongst the different modes and styles utilized by the artist but as Karen Wilkin observes in a recent monograph of the artist’s work published by Lund Humphries:
“The connection between thing and person— proves to be the conceptual thread that links this apparently omnivorous artist’s sources. What all of Boepple’s diverse stimuli have in common is that they are things used, manipulated, or inhabited in some way by human beings”
So we see it is a preoccupation with the anatomy of everyday objects that distinguishes the artist’s oeuvre. By recasting the form of such objects we are invited to reappraise their purpose and glimpse a beauty beyond their common functionality. The utilization of the materials and production methods more commonly associated with industry and design further reinforces our sense of ambiguity towards these objects, as the familiar is recast with a sense of mystery. As the artist himself remarks of his relationship with his artistic forbears:
“Abstract sculpture removed itself from the figure via the Minimalists…It was such an extreme step. By getting back to what the body uses, I can deal with the world we build around us— things like tables and chairs that are part of our visual vocabulary.”
Together the exhibition offers a portrait of an artist, who has consistently found harmony in his surroundings, and who’s work offers us a vision of a world of sentient things who’s real value far outstrips their worldly necessity.
Willard Boepple was born in Bennington, Vermont in 1945, and grew up in Berkeley, California. He studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1963), the University of California at Berkeley (1963-64), RISD (1967) and CUNY City College (1968). After teaching at Bennington College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he returned to New York, where he has lived for over thirty years. He has exhibited widely here and abroad, at galleries including Acquavella, André Emmerich, Tricia Collins and Broadbent Gallery, London. His work belongs to such noted institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Storm King Art Center and The Fitz William Museum in Cambridge, UK. Boepple served as chairman of the Triangle Artists’ Workshop for twenty years, an artist residency program that he helped replicate in Africa and the Caribbean.
The exhibition will coincide with the release of The Sense of Things by Karen Wilkin publsihed by Lund Humpries with a forward by Michael Fried, copies of which will be available from the gallery.
Trevor Banthorpe signing Through The Wire.
A 14 colour print in an edition of 30 made as part of the Northern Print prize he won at the International Print Biennale.
The journey begins……..
Trevor Banthorpe, winner of the Northern Print Prize at the Northern Print Biennale, is in the studio making some experimental prints mixing hand-made and digital elements. It’s very exciting mixing the best of the old with the best of the new.
Carol Robertson signing Maya, her new print for The Studio’s Daedalus Print Club (and also a group of monoprints).
Maya is an 8 colour screenprint on Somerset Velvet 300gsm paper.
For details of the Print Club, please email us on email@example.com
Details are also available on our website here
We had the pleasure of working with Ellen Lanyon for a week in October 2013 on some new prints, sadly she passed away on the flight home to New York. A fantastic artist to work with, this film documents her last project, she will be dearly missed.
We’re just back in the studio after a very happy and productive week at Dartmoor Arts 2014. About 300 prints were made by the 10 students, mostly unique sheets. A real mixture of processes, carborundum, drypoint, screenprint and woodcut.
Stephen Chambers talking in Istanbul about his work, most notably, “The Big Country” which we made with him back in 2012
Back to work in the new studio.
Stencils for a new Jo Taylor edition. A large screenprint.
Mali Morris A new edition, Bridge, is just completed. A 10 colour screenprint. For more details check the website or Printed Editions.
Peter Randall Page.
Peter has been with us this week working on 8 new prints. Real fun, new techniques and much invention. The artwork is done, now the proofing begins.
Sculptors think differently.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Studio summer party. Good to see you all.
A busy weekend. Down to St. Ives to get Iain Robertson’s edition signed.
Just stumbled across some of our ScreenPrints from the early 80’s
Stephen Chambers is in the studio today and we are working on the proofs for his biggest print to date.
Some shots of the studio from the past week
We’re currently printing 6 Barry Flanagan plates.
Over the years we’ve printed around 30 editions for Barry, all of them lovely and ideosyncratic. These plates are a mixture of etching and drypoint.
Barry died last year, 31st August. Printing the plates is a reminder of his fabulous fluid drawing. We really miss him.
The prints will be available through Gallerie Lelong, Paris