Friday, September 8, 2017, 5-8 pm
Wednesday, September 20, 6 pm
The WAX exhibition, curated by Jack O. Summers, brings together the encaustic work of seven artists: Nina Caruso, Lynda Cole, Birgit Huttemann-Holz, Candace Law, Chris McCauley, Graceann Warn, and the late Gilda Snowden.
Encaustic painting is an artistic medium which has been practiced by artists for thousands of years, dating back to 5th Century Greece. The Greek word for the art form is “enkaustikos”, meaning “to burn in”. Encaustic incorporates beeswax and pigment, which is heated, layered and fused.
Summers has selected both abstract and representational works by the participating artists, representing an extraordinary range of styles and vision.
The SC will host a gallery talk on Wednesday, September 20th, at 6 pm. The participating artists will address questions related to the medium of encaustic while leading an informal tour of the exhibition.
Nina Caruso is a Detroit based artist whose work spans many mediums but her primary focus has been abstract encaustic and oil painting as well as mixed medium sculpture. These encaustic paintings are the results of a repetitive process of adding and removing layers until imagery reveals itself, creating a space for the viewer to enter into a calming or meditative state if even for a moments time, revealing the transformative power of art. The work is intentionally untitled, allowing viewers to make their own associations.
Lynda Cole received a B.S. in Textiles and Clothing Design from Michigan State University after which she lived and worked in New York City. She moved to Ann Arbor and attended the University of Michigan for two years to study Botany. For 14 years she ran her own landscaping company. For five years after that she lived in London, England where she spent most of her spare time visiting museums, galleries and studios, experimenting with 3D forms made of new materials and developing her art. Since 1996 she has been making and exhibiting the products of her studio work.
Birgit Hutteman-Holz is an abstract artist deeply rooted in the German Romantic tradition, where everything is connected in a kind of universal underground. Her work recites mythology, religion and poetry.
She has exhibited in the UK, Turkey, Germany, the Netherlands, and extensively in the US including New York City, Santa Fe and Detroit. Her book “Enkaustik- Das Grundlagenbuch zur Wachsmalerei” was published April 2015, Christopherus Verlag, Germany.
Candace Law’s recent work crosses mediums: printmaking, drawing and encaustic. Drawing the figure in charcoal is a recurring interest for me, creating an organic form that changes continually. Rust printmaking is a wonderful freeing experience, taking whatever color and pattern are captured and working further with it. Then mixing these images and forms in with wax offers a layering and visual depth that is compelling. There is an atmospheric feel that comes from interleaving the different materials, which helps to communicate or evoke the response I desire.
Chris McCauley is a Chicago born artist who attended Columbia College for her BFA in studio arts, a Post-Baccalaureate Studio Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Arts at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She teaches at the College for Creative Studies.
Gilda Snowden (1954 – 2014) was a graduate of Cass Technical High School, Detroit and Wayne State University, Detroit, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Art and Master of Fine Arts in Painting. She was Interim Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit and also Gallery Director of the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Snowden’s works have been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico, Canada and West Africa. Her works are featured in a number of publications, as well as private and corporate collections, including Post/Newsweek, the Neiman-Marcus Corporation, Ameritech, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and The Detroit Institute of Arts.
I paint and I construct. Both my paintings and assemblages use the metaphor of excavation. My formal education in landscape architecture and classical archaeology provides structure to artistic flights of fancy
that always seem to revolve around some form of revelation:
The attempt to unearth an object or solve a mystery.
Image: Candace Law, Gemini, Encaustic/mixed media, 17″ x 17″, 2017