‘From Durer to Digital and 3-D: The Metamorphosis of the Printed Image” opens at the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park on Friday, March 8, and remains on view through April 28.
The exhibition curated by Princeton-based artist and printmaker Judith Brodsky involves both prominent New Jersey and American artists who explore the impact and metamorphosis of the printed image in three thematic sections.
The first features examples of the work by eight contemporary artists in residence at the Brodsky Center —founded by the curator — who are creating new work using traditional printmaking modes: wood cut, lithography, and etching. Represented in this section are Eric Avery, a New Hope-based artist and psychiatrist creating work that promotes health; Willie Birch, a New Orleans resident who uses handmade paper and collage to commemorate the Million Man March; Frank Bowling, a Guyana-born artist who uses abstract images of post-colonialist geopolitics; Willie Cole, the nationally recognized New Jersey-based artist who incorporates themes from his African-American heritage.
And Maria Gutierrez, an artist teaching in New York City and using Egyptian imagery to explore themes related to women and the arts; Barkley Hendricks, the late Philadelphia-born black artist who created images of accomplished Americans of African heritage; Margo Humphrey, a California-based printmaker known for her bold, expressive use of color and freedom of form; and Kiki Smith, an internationally known American artist raised in New Jersey and known for her multi-disciplined expressions related to gender, nature, and the human condition.
The second involves three photographers exploring various uses of photography. They include Princeton photographer Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick, whose photographic essays on aging were part of a major exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia; Wendel White, a New Jersey-based photographer whose “Small Towns, Black Lives” and “Schools for the Colored” examine the history of Americans of African ancestry; and Evan Wolarsky, a Pennington-based retired surgeon and photographer exploring aspects of the human condition, the cultivated landscape, and family.
The third section includes artists experimenting with new forms of printed images, such as holograms (lenticular imaging), video prints, installation, and 3-D printing. The participating artists are: Diane Burko, the Philadelphia-based painter and photographer focusing on climate change and its impact on the environment; Anna Tas, a British-born artist living in Philadelphia whose work has been described as “ambiguous and conceptional” and who strives to stimulate “discussions about how we see and how images persist in our minds.”
And Judy Gelles, a Philadelphia artist who transforms personal records and social documents; Helen Zajkowski, a Polish-born and former New Jersey artist who creates series exploring social concerns and creates using current and mass production technologies; and members of N-e-r-v-o-u-s S-y-s-t-e-m, Inc, a design studio that works at the intersection of science, art, and technology.
Curator Brodsky is a artist, activist, professor emerita at Rutgers University, and founder of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, renamed in her honor. She also cofounded the Rutgers Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities and the nationally recognized Feminist Art Project. Her works are included in national and international collections, including Harvard University Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Bibliotheque nationale in Paris, and more.
The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, March 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with Brodsky providing a talk at 7:15 p.m. A panel discussion featuring Diane Burko, Anna Tas, Judy Gelles, Anne Spalter, and Wendel White, is Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m.
Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Cadwalader Park. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 609-989-3632 or www.ellarslie.org.
This article was originally published in the March 2019 Trenton Downtowner.