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Flash Card Exhibit at R2 Gallery/ Launchpad

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Over 50 artists accepted the challenge to receive a randomly chosen flash card from exhibition curator Wewer Keohane’s collection as inspiration to create artwork, and as a prompt to examine their time of isolation during the pandemic.

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Reina Katzenberger: STOPART

Reina Katzenberger’s response to STOP sign flash card is Mixed media print on gallery pedestal.

The piece is made up of stop sign designs from all over the world beginning with the first circa 1915 where each sign is defaced in some way.

ARTIST STATEMENT: Disturbing the peace. [Police code 415]

I believe in the importance of our collective adherence and respect for the systems of law and order in our culture.  I also hold in equal importance civil disobedience and individual expression of voice even if contrary to the rule of law. 

This contradiction, and existence of two seemingly inconsistent truths is a theme that has long been with me.  I am both old and young, full of potential and failure.  I am a rule follower and believe strongly in the power and potential of our systems.  I also believe that there are deep rooted wrongs in our systems that have to be revealed, spoken of, acknowledged and torn down.  I find great meaning when two disparate things become entangled and thus inform, enhance and offer a home to each other (data/narrative, entropy/order, subject/object, me/you, artist/art, order/disturbance, compliance/agitation).  We have to keep doing the work together to strive for our collective potential, even if it feels elusive. 

Born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, I am fathered by an earth systems scientist and mothered by an Reina Katzenberger was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley by an earth systems scientist and artist/educator who championed art for all.  From the beginning, she has had strong belief in experiential education and the inextricable relationship between art and science.  In 2014, she opened The Project Shop ~ a creative space specializing in providing hands-on opportunities for artists and creatives interested in exploring mixed media applications of traditional print methods with the goal to empower artists to express themselves well and successfully distribute quality works that promote creativity, collaboration and community.  Her own work explores the relationship between art and science and the tension of representative imagery, informational graphics alongside expressive abstraction.

Deborah Jones: Voronoi

I had been in the midst of a project for a future exhibition when all of a sudden I stopped working on it as I began to shelter in place. Stunned, at a loss, vulnerable and confused I was comforted to receive the flash card invitation, and subsequently receive my Corn Cob card. Being immediately impressed with the design of the kernels on the cob as well as the whole notion of flash cards, I went with my first instinct and began to investigate the patterning of the kernels. It is a Voronoi pattern which provides clues to nature’s tendency to favor efficiency: tightest fit and shortest path. I was attracted to learn about something I didn’t know much about during this strange and daunting time of Covid. I reminisced too about how much I had enjoyed using flash cards as a child. Drawing and painting the patterns brought solace and focus for me in this tumultuous time of uncertainty and crisis. Unfortunately it was only 10 days before the piece was to be submitted that I realized it could not be handled by the viewer as I had envisioned. In the moment of the delight and focus in making the Voronoi flash cards I had forgotten about the virus and the necessary restrictions for helping it not spread.

I have been drawing and painting my entire life.
Interwoven with teaching, cofounding a community
art center and raising a family, making art has been
the core thread of of who I am. I was born in California and moved just about every year of my childhood until I ended up in Connecticut for high school and then onto Boston graduating from MassArt College of Art and Design in 1973. During that time I co-founded the Graphic Workshop. With a move to Colorado after that and teaching at the Aspen Community School for 25 years, I cofounded the Art Base in Basalt where I was director and designed programs for 15 years. My work has been exhibited locally and nationally. I continue my
art making in my studio in Basalt where the work ranges from painting and mixed media to book making.

Mathematics rightly viewed possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.

-Bertrand Russell

Voronoi is named after Russian mathematician Georgy Feodosievych Voronoy who studied and defined mathematically this type of diagram & tessellation (tiling) pattern in 1908. Though informal use can be traced back to Descartes in 1644.

From seeds or starting points, it is a way that nature uses to fill space into discrete regions. A Voronoi pattern provides clues to nature’s tendency to favor efficiency: the closest neighbor, shortest path and tightest fit. Each region or cell in a Voronoi pattern has a seed point. Everything inside that cell is closest to it than any other seed; each line along a region’s edge is equidistant from the two nearest seed points. 

LARA WHITLEY: Toilet Paper Tree

When Wewer sent my flash card, I flipped it over to read Peabody Picture Collection’s description. I learned that “historically, the value of a pine tree has been in the white, clear wood…but perhaps their greatest
commercial value today is for making paper pulp.” I wondered how a pine tree’s worth would be calculated by a gray jay, a mule deer, an indigenous healer, a hiker, a forester. And I conjured what a tree would look like if we only valued it for its commercial benefit.

This project is made possible by the generosity of underwriter Susan H. Brady, the collaboration of The Project Shop, and inspiration from Richard Powers’ The Overstory and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.

Hand printing each toilet roll tissue cover printed with hand set letter press at the Project Shop June 2020

Aspen, Colorado
Named a “sculptor to watch” by Aspen Sojourner magazine, Lara Whitley is known for large scale works that explore the relationship between the human and natural worlds. She is currently Artist-in Residence at Aspen Community School and recently won the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Art of the State, Colorado’s triennial juried show. She is founder/curator of Imagine Climate: creative perspectives on climate change, held annually by CORE, where she works as Creative Strategy Director. Lara lives with her family in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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