Exhibit: 'Stories: Past, Present, Future' Curator: Lynn Peterfreund
January 31—February 17, 2017, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
January 29—February 12, 2017, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 29, from 2 PM to 4 PM
Eight artists, all members of Zea Mays Printmaking, tell stories about cultural, personal, social, familial, sensory, memory, poetry and environmental issues. These stories take the form of prints, drawings, paintings ,installation and video. Zea Mays Printmaking, is a studio in Florence, MA practicing safer methods of printmaking.
Curatorial Statement: Lynn Peterfreund
Time is connected through stories. Memories of the past and visions of the future are brought into the present through language, in this case, visual language. Memories are selected in the present and our visions of the future are based on what we’ve experienced in the past.
In the art in this exhibition, time is compressed, stretched, warped, remembered and anticipated.
Descriptions are themselves a story as the medium carries the narrative in particular ways. The eight artists in this exhibition use the language of drawing, painting and printmaking, specifically monotype, etching, photoetching, lithography and relief techniques. The techniques used tell their own stories of process, manipulation, and selection of what is included and what is left out. The question of how our culture tells stories is implicit in each artist’s work as craft meets expression.