OPENING RECEPTION: FEBRUARY 13, 2015
The opening reception for FOUR PRINTMAKERS will be from 5-7 pm on February 13. The artists featured in the exhibit are Joel Elgin, Susan Heggestad, Levi Robb and Jeaninie Coupe Ryding. There will also be a gallery talk with all four artists on March 28th at Olson-Larsen beginning at 1:00pm. The talk will be facilitated by Jonathan deLima.
Every print of Joel Elgin’s begins with a story. His Irish roots provide rich inspiration for his vivid intaglios of symbolic creatures and objects. Joel’s interest in Irish mythology has led him to Ireland numerous times to explore the physical sites tied to certain legends. He writes, “The production of the print furthers my process of learning specific information and yet at the same time opens, more fully, the vein that connects me to my Irish heritage.” Joel, a Des Moines native, studied at Simpson College and Grandview College before attending the University of Iowa and receiving his B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A. in Printmaking. He taught at Dartmouth College for five years and has served as a lecturer and visiting artist at Yale University and Swarthmore College. His prints are in the collections of Trinity College in Dublin, Harvard University Art Museums and the Cincinnati Museum of Art, among others. His etchings have been exhibited in Ireland, Russia, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Slovenia, Finland, Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Malaysia, Poland and across the United States. Joel is currently Professor of Printmaking at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
Susan M. Heggestad received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota, and her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking, from SUNY at Buffalo. Her work has been showcased at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, the Haydon Art Center in Lincoln, Neb., North Dakota State University in Fargo, as well as numerous other venues. She writes, “As an artist, I am drawn to printmaking because of the endless potential for variations on a theme. I have little interest in creating multiples, which is the common understanding of the potential for the medium. To me, this captures the very nature of our mysterious existence in this universe: endless variations on a theme…Hands, and the human form in general, make up the imagery that appears again and again in the work. For me, these elements reference our experience of existence. My mixed-media works begin with a limited number of collagraphic plates. The collagraphic process is about texture – thin layers of found objects and modeling material are used to gradually build the printing plate. Utilizing multiple plates and techniques serves to create layers of texture, and these echo the layers of meaning and metaphor in the images.”
Levi Robb grew up on a small farm in Southeast Iowa, surrounded by vast expanses of space, dense timberland and the Mississippi River. This agrarian environment played an important role in shaping him as an artist and designer, and the way he visually sees and perceives surroundings. This vernacular has stimulated his obsession with scale, furthermore, how scale can be shifted and manipulated within a painting, print, drawing or sculpture. Robb’s 2D work aims to evolve into substance that is sculptural in nature through the exploration of material, space, and repetition. He writes, “My current work is less about a single object or image and rather how the eye reacts to a certain surface, pattern or texture within a particular space. I seek to create work that acts as a visual catalyst for something else, caught in a place somewhere between the real and the perceived, a visual portal to the viewer’s raw imagination.” Robb has bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Iowa State University and has spent periods of time living in the Southwest United States and Rome, Italy. His work has been exhibited in New York City and throughout the Midwest.
Jeanine Coupe Ryding was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and holds a BA from The University of Iowa and a Meisterschuler (MFA) from the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin, Germany. She is widely recognized for her richly layered, inventive woodcut prints. Recently she is combining woodcut prints with liquid inks such as Sumi and walnut for their wash like, spontaneous effects. Her work with form and color in her prints explores interpretations of nature and observations of daily life. “I dont look to life changing events or profound experiences for my inspiration. I find it in the mundane observations of every day life, such as a man walking, a hat lying on a table, or sun coming through a window.” Ryding has prints in many notable collections such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Des Moines Art Center, New York Public Library, Amoco Corporation, Marshall Fields Company, and Hallmark, Inc.
Olson-Larsen Galleries is located at 203 Fifth Street in West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction. Representing the finest and most compelling local and regional artists continues as the guiding mission of Olson-Larsen Galleries. In addition, the gallery offers a variety of customized services including consulting, installation, documentation, presentations and proposals for both corporate and individual clients, museum quality framing, and commissioned works of public and private art.