Westport artist Ann Chernow, whose 2009 Picasso-project exhibit at Housatonic remains fresh in my mind, is part of a group show at the Washington Art Association. The upstate gallery’s spring exhibition, “Print Project,” will also include works by Nomi Silverman, who also recently showed at HCC and will be part of City Lights’ SameSex show, and KK Kozik.
The gallery in Washington explains:
Artists make a variety of choices in the pursuit of an image; evaluate many options as they work towards the final rendering. The printmaker ultimately reverses this process by starting with a final image which then is subject to various interpretations as printmaking allows multiple copies and versions from one plate.
The Washington Art Association invites the public to view three artists who have chosen to work with printmaking and its play between a final, static image and the multiple printed nuances it allows.
Each of the three printmakers showing at the WAA has an overt dialogue with art history. KK Kozik s work has the austerity and simplicity of a Japanese print which gives the modern day subject an elegance as it is freed from burdensome detail. Nomi Silverman’s use of printmaking to capture the brutality of a murder makes the violent act more savage and timeless. Its documentation in a traditional medium reminds us little has changed in the human condition.
Ann Chernow blatantly uses Picasso’s prints as her muse while introducing in her images of women the new sense of freedom which current culture allows.
The exhibition opens with a reception 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 2 and runs until Sunday May 1. The Chernow Gallery at HCC, incidentally, is named for Ann Chernow’s late husband Burt.