Florence Neal: Works on Paper
June 09, 2018 to August 19, 2018 in Auburn , AL
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm, with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 pm and Sundays 1 to 4 pm
Auburn University alumna (1976) and New York based artist Florence Neal will set up a working studio (June 11-16, 2018) in the gallery adjacent to her exhibition Florence Neal: Works on Paper (June 9–August 19, 2018). Neal is the director and co-founder (1990) of Kentler International Drawing Space, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing to the public contemporary drawings and works on paper by emerging and under-recognized local, national and international artists, and to providing the opportunity to experiment, explore and expand the definition of art in society. An accomplished artist working across media, Neal has had 19 solo and nearly 100 group exhibitions since 1977. Her work has been displayed in the United States, Japan, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Entitling her residency project, Water To Wood: Resurfacing, Neal will explore the flow from nature to art, water to wood, wood to paper. She will work on site at the museum to produce a set of mokuhanga* prints stemming from selected tree rubbing drawings made at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum. Water and wood, both the theme and medium of this project, will continuously interchange during the creation process, resonating in the final print. The process and interplay of water to wood, drawing to printmaking, allows for exploration, discovery, chance and connections. Visitors to the museum will be able to see the printmaking tools, materials process unfold. *Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock prints) “Moku” translates to wood and “hanga” means print. Mokuhanga prints are made from hand-carved woodblocks using the traditional tools and technique of 17th century Japanese ukiyo-e prints. The technique often involves the use of numerous blocks, each carved and printed with a different color using a registration method, the kento. The carved woodblocks are printed by hand using a flat disc called a baren on washi paper, Japanese paper made from kozo fiber. Hand printing and the natural elements of wood, water, pigment and paper are integral to this technique.