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Event Date: November 18, 2014 to April 26, 2015
                       
Origami Interpretations: The Art of Gloria Garfinkel, on View at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA

 

Origami Interpretations, an exhibit of twenty-five vibrant paintings, sculptures and prints by New York artist, Gloria Garfinkel, will be on view at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum from November 18, 2014 – April 26, 2015.

 

Hanabi #11 back, 2005, Maquette, Painted Aluminum, 14 x 17 x 12 inches 

 

Massachusetts, Springfield, November 10, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - Origami Interpretations displays twenty five vibrant paintings, sculptures and prints by New York artist, Gloria Garfinkel. Garfinkel’s work combines complex geometry and painterly invention, informed by Japanese art and design.  The artist has been particularly drawn to the kimono, the traditional dress, and the obi, the wide sash that is worn with it.

 

Her work will be on view at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA, from November 18, 2014 – April 26, 2015. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.
 
Her exhibition will serve to complement the extensive collection of Japanese decorative art from the 18th and 19th century on view on the 2nd floor of the museum and Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, which opens on January 20, 2015.
 
The artist, whose work combines complex geometry and painterly invention, is particularly fascinated by the kimono, the traditional dress of Japan and the obi, the wide sash that is worn as a belt with it.  She appreciates the “beauty and tenacity” expressed through the garments and notes that Japanese women continually recycle and layer fabrics to create unique looks and patterns. Garfinkel is also inspired by the color field artists of the mid-20th century who explored different optical effects by manipulating their canvases.  Garfinkel carefully arranges her forms in very specific ways to create a uniquely approachable and participatory aesthetic experience.
 
The exhibition features pieces from Garfinkel’s important series, Gingko Kimono, collaged etchings from the late 1980s; paintings inspired by the obi; etchings from the Kiku (Chrysanthemum) series; Kado woodcut prints, Hanabi maquettes and aluminum Flip paintings.  The exhibition will be on view through April 26, 2015.
 
Printmaking has been central to Garfinkel’s work, and she has produced many series of inventive woodcuts, monoprints, and etchings. For instance, The Ginko Kimono series of subtly colored collaged etchings take their title from a leaf pattern used on kimonos.
 
The Hanabi (Celebration) maquettes are sculptures made of aluminum triangles which have been joined together and painted with patterns on both sides. These are highly energetic works that seem to dance in space. Also constructed of aluminum are the Flip paintings, with hinged panels in solid colors, and works with rotating circles in contrasting patterns. In both series, each time the viewer manipulates the moveable elements, a new visual experience is created.
 
Garfinkel is a post-color field painter, elaborating color’s potential in a number of different modes. In a modernist manner, she takes these fabric patterns and juxtaposes them with color variations, creating fields of conflicting color that act on the eye in lively ways. Each body of work undertaken by Garfinkel, at the nexus of the second and third dimensions, represents another attempt to explore how color and pattern interact in new ways.
 
For further information contact:  Katharine T. Carter, Katharine T. Carter & Associates: 
ktc@ktcassoc.com, 212.533.9530, or Matt Longhi, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, The Springfield Museums:  mlonghi@springfieldmuseums.org, 413.263.6800.

www.springfieldmuseums.org/news/view/830-springfield_museums_to_exhibit_works_by_gloria_garfinkel

 

 

Square Flip, 2008, Painted Aluminum, 30 x 30 x 1.5 inches (above)

 

 

Kiku #1, 1997, Etching, Two Layers on Somerset texture white, handwork 18 x 18 inches (above)

 

 

Kado #12, 2000, Woodcut Collage, Image: 8 x 8 inches, Paper: 22 x 17 inches (above)

 

 

Ginko Kimono #6, 1989, Etching Collaged, 30 x 30 inches (above)

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Katharine T. Carter, Katharine T. Carter & Associates:  ktc@ktcassoc.com, 212.533.9530, or Matt Longhi, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, The Springfield Museums:  mlonghi@springfieldmuseums.org, 413.263.6800.

 

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Springfield, Massachusetts, Event Date: November 18, 2014 to April 26, 2015

Origami Interpretations: The Art of Gloria Garfinkel, on View at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA

Origami Interpretations displays twenty five vibrant paintings, sculptures and prints by New York artist, Gloria Garfinkel. Garfinkel’s work combines complex geometry and painterly invention, informed by Japanese art and design.  The artist has been particularly drawn to the kimono, the traditional dress, and the obi, the wide sash that is worn with it. Her work will be on view at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA, from November 18, 2014 – April 26, 2015. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Her exhibition will serve to complement the extensive collection of Japanese decorative art from the 18th and 19th century on view on the 2nd floor of the museum and Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, which opens on January 20, 2015.

For further information contact:  Katharine T. Carter, Katharine T. Carter & Associates:  ktc@ktcassoc.com, 212.533.9530, or Matt Longhi, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, The Springfield Museums:  mlonghi@springfieldmuseums.org, 413.263.6800.

www.springfieldmuseums.org/news/view/830-springfield_museums_to_exhibit_works_by_gloria_garfinkel