Nine sculptors rise to a challenge Relative: Artists were asked to work in a new medium -- printmaking -- and they produced works that often echoed their sculpture styles.

Fine Arts

June 09, 1998|By John Dorsey | John Dorsey,SUN ART CRITIC

Late last summer Martha Macks, president of Goya Girl Press printmaking atelier, had the idea of inviting nine sculptors to make prints. The result is the current show, "Prints and Sculptures," containing prints and sculptures by each of the artists.

It was an intriguing idea that has turned into a mostly successful show. By and large the artists --some of whom had never made prints before -- worked well in the printmaking discipline and created works that relate in some degree to their sculpture.

Rodney Carroll's sculpture "Titan I" consists of three curving metal forms that suggest motion in space. His print "Titan under Wing" shows three similar forms, but in a close-up that emphasizes the sense of motion. Each element seems to be rushing into, across and out of the image.

Amalie Rothschild's "Dawn's Early Light" shows the sun as a red disc on the horizon against the blue sky, throwing a shaft of orange light across the sea. The work recalls her "Sun shine I," in which a red disc hangs from an aluminum arch. Both works share Rothschild's interest in balancing abstraction and representation.

John Ruppert's print "Folding Circles" is a diptych; each of its two panels has a black circle on a black background. Up close, these subtle differences play off against each other and their darkness embraces the eye. Their round shapes and dark tones relate to Ruppert's cast copper sculpture "Moon Gored." And the diptych's solemnity acts as a foil for the Ruppert sense of whimsy exhibited in the sculpture's pumpkin-like shape.

David Hess, David Page, Al Zaruba and Tex Andrews also created successful prints clearly related to their sculpture.

Jann Rosen-Queralt's print "Nimbus Select," except for the fact that it deals with nature, has little discernible relation to her sphere made of copper, sponge and feathers and called "Cultivus Loci: Lyra 1997 Misting Elements." Besides, the sculpture is much more compelling than the print. And Alan Lazarus' print "Wild Psalm," incorporating lines by the poet David Shapiro, fails to achieve the resonance it reaches for.

The Goya Girl Press is at Mill Centre, 3000 Chestnut Ave. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. "Prints and Sculptures" runs through July 11. Call 410-366-2001.

Pre-Raphaelites

This June is Pre-Raphaelite month. The Metropolitan Museum in New York just opened a retrospective of the work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, a leading member of that English 19th century brotherhood of artists who championed fine craftsmanship and often painted medieval subjects.

Closer to home, the Delaware Art Museum, which has a major Pre-Raphaelite collection, has just put on view two extraordinary chairs associated with three prominent Pre-Raphaelites: Burne-Jones, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The medieval-style chairs, painted with scenes from Arthurian legend, were created about 1856 for a London apartment that Morris shared with Burne-Jones. Morris designed them and Rossetti painted them with help from Burne-Jones.

The scenes, taken from a book by Morris, show Sir Galahad and the golden-haired Gwendolen. The better preserved one shows a lady in a peacock cape tying an ornament on Galahad's hat, while the other shows traces of a scene depicting Gwendolen.

In the 1860s, Morris sold the chairs as part of the contents of his house in Kent. In 1997,descendants of the buyers of the house, a family named Heathcote now living in Detroit, put them on sale at Christie's in London and the Delaware museum bought them for $554,112. Put on exhibit for the first time last week, they will be on view the rest of the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is at 1301 Kentmere Parkway in Wilmington. It is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Wednesdays), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2.50 students. For information call 302-571-9590.

Quilt of the future

Three Maryland schools are taking part in a nationwide education project conducted by the American Craft Museum in New York. Called "Quilts Across America," it's designed to encourage interest in the arts among the young. Fifth grade students in each of more than 250 schools nationwide have been creating a quilt block depicting their visions of America in the 21st century. The blocks are of uniform size, 19 inches square, with a scheduled completion date this month at the end of the school year. All the blocks will then be judged by a panel of experts, including quilters, who will select one from each state to be assembled into a huge quilt 12 by 22 feet. It will go on exhibit at the craft museum in the summer of 1999, followed by a national tour.

The Maryland schools are Elk Neck Elementary in North East, Cecil County; and two in Montgomery County: Beverly Farms Elementary in Potomac and Mill Creek Elementary in Rockville.

High honors for art

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