Art Exhibit: Throwing Ink, Contemporary Brush Painting

Exhibit Dates:

November 18 - January 8

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Free Admission

Open During Box Office Hours

Shown above/right: Flashdance of the Gods by Meredith McPherson

PACE Center Art Gallery
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue
Parker, CO 80138

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Art Exhibit: Throwing Ink, Contemporary Brush Painting

Featuring artists from around the world, this show is a wonderful display of works, subjects and techniques all rooted in an ancient art form that emphasizes the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush.

Featured Artists:

Marc Bauer-Maison, Titus de Jong, Carm Fogt, Martha Goedings, Joy Harvey, Freddy Krupa, Kalpa MacLachlan, Meredith McPherson. Casey Shannon, Regina Siske, Joyce Thompson, Anna Vladi Pantsireva, Ning Yeh, Tadashi Hayakawa

Special thanks to co-curator Carm Fogt and the International Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Society.

Curators’ statement

Rose Fredrick

I’ve always admired Carm Fogt’s work but, admittedly, didn’t understand why she did this kind of work. So, one day I screwed up my courage and asked. Being the kind spirit that she is, she told me her story, how she discovered the world of ink–and, more importantly, throwing ink. I became all the more interested in this form of art when she took the time to explain her process–ancient processes, that she adapts to her aethstetic.

Naturally, I wanted to do a show of Chinese brush painting, and so, over a glass (or two) of wine, Carm and I pulled together the start of this show. Because of Carm’s connections to the International Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Society, together we were able to pull in artists from around the world. This show is a wonderful display of works, subjects, and techniques all rooted in this ancient art form. As a curator, this is the kind of exhibit I thoroughly enjoy viewing because I always come away with a deeper understanding and knowledge of something of which I had previously only scratched the surface.

Carm Fogt

I’m honored to have played a part in bringing this exhibit to Parker and grateful to have the experience of working with Rose from a very different side from my art experiences. Rose, like most people, was curious about this style of painting and I’m always eager to rattle on about my love affair with Chinese Ink.

The beauty of this art is ancient yet modern, simple yet sophisticated, bold yet subdued. In general, Chinese brush painting involves shades of ink and use of line. Sumi-e (the Japanese form) is concerned more with the simplicity of line. Both forms emphasize the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush.

Once a stroke is painted, it cannot be changed or erased. This makes ink and wash painting a technically demanding art form requiring great skill, concentration, and years of training.

Ink painting uses tonality and shading achieved by varying the ink density, both by differential grinding of the ink stick in water and by varying the ink load and pressure within a single brushstroke. Ink painting artists spend years practicing basic brush strokes to refine their brush movement and ink flow. In the hand of a master, a single stroke can produce considerable variations in tonality, from deep black to silvery gray.

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Mon. – Sat., Noon – 5 p.m.
90 minutes before performance through intermission

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