The works of artists Hanne Niederhausen and Terre Rybovich are featured at “other word ly: an exploration in multi-media” at the Art Gallery at Eissey Campus, Sept. 18 through Oct. 19 with an opening night from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
About three dozen of Niederhausen’s images from her “Ur-Sprouts” series will be displayed hanging on wires some distance from the wall. Light from behind illuminates the translucent sheets casting shadows against the wall, and the pieces can move slightly with any air movement.
Ur series works pictured above are 11 by 14 inches, water media and graphite on Yupo and are priced at $450 each.
While creating the “Ur-Sprouts” series, she allowed herself to explore new materials and ideas. “At the same time my preferred choice of listening music while working in the studio underwent a change,” she said. “More and more I was drawn to contemporary instrumental and vocal compositions that are minimalist, pure, and at times meditative.
“Unconsciously I transformed musical elements such as sequence and rhythm, counterpoint and pause, stillness and crescendo onto paper. Often it is the dissonance and unexpectedness of a sound I relish and try to give voice to in my mark making.”
She populated her compositions with sprout-like characters, which she calls Ur-sprouts. Ur is a German prefix for words with the sense of proto, original, and primitive. At times they resemble notation in music, other times just ritualistic doodles.
Her photography installations contains the same lyrical, calligraphic qualities, she said. “Zooming in to show only a detail of the vast surrounding area, my attempt is to capture fragments of odd places and reveal their subtleties. During my wanderings through cities I am always on the look-out for captivating imperfections – sights that may escape others.”
Also on display will be a selection of her handmade books.
Works in this exhibit illustrate a significant shift in Terre Rybovich art-making. Until recently she focused on charcoal drawings based on imprints of her body. “It started as a meditative process of bringing to light the drawing in the imprint; it became more complicated as my drawings attracted attention and I became known for them,” she said.
To regain that initial focus she cast a slightly wider net, she explained. “Making work that’s based on my body remains central. The idea that our bodies know things our minds do not—first proposed by the women’s movement in the in1970s and recently discovered by science—has proven itself to me with each artwork. My mind learns new things when I follow the lead of the body’s imprint.”
Only now she has rendered the imprint in three dimensions, a painstaking process to trace pattern pieces that follow the contours of her body. “It was also the consuming meditative process I hoped to recapture. Only this time it struck even deeper, recasting my past in new ways. My mother had taught me to sew from patterns when I was young, and she expertly tailored my clothes throughout her life. My father pioneered sportsfishing boats by hand-carving wooden models. He didn’t work with blueprints. The memories and connections came in floods. Some are depicted on the torsos.”
All of her drawings, as well as her video, announce in one form or another her conclusion that separation is an illusion. “We believe we are individuals, we overlook our interconnection. Some of the drawings are based on imprints of my body, others on birds that I photographed in my back yard.”
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The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus is in the BB building of Palm Beach State College, 3160 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens,