Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Only Paradise is Paradise Lost, a selection or works from the AS220 Flatfile

News of the show I curated from the AS220 Flatfiles.
with some quick and dirty photographs.



The only paradise is paradise lost
On view December 6-27, 2009
AS220 Project Space
95 Mathewson St.
Providence, RI

For info about purchasing these works from the comfort of your computer click here.



My curator's Statement:

The only paradise is paradise lost.-marcel proust

The prompt for this small exhibition was the mysterious reappearance after five years of a group of my own small works. I lent the works to a nonprofit for a benefit in 2003, maybe 2004. Between my own distraction with leaving Providence, for what I thought was going to be forever, and personnel turnover at the sponsoring organization, the drawings became forgotten. Earlier this year, during the most mundane of tasks, dropping off small farm eggs to the local buying co-op, I was startled to see my pieces pristinely leaning against the back wall of the drop off spot. The lost works were made just after the turn of the millennium and explore dark apocalyptical imagery. With hindsight I can say that they reflect the conflict and confusion of the first leg of my time in Providence drawing to a close, though if you had asked at the time I would have sworn they were about America's foreign policies'.

When I dropped off the lost works for the AS220 flatfiles, Gallery Director Neal Walsh asked me to curate a small selection of works from the flat files. Discovering the lost works I felt the same calm excitement I've felt finding a beautiful unexpected work while digging through the flatfiles at Perogi or at The Boston Drawing Project. Therefore my selection of works from the flatfiles collectively contain the same sense of weathered urgency I now see in my lost works. What they share is a forthrightness. These works are not shy. I was delighted to find the work of the seemingly endlessly talented Top Drawer Artists' of Warren, RI available through the AS220 Flatfiles. AS220's open door policy is an asset to Rhode Island artists off all stripes, I hope more artists are encouraged to submit their works on paper to the flatfiles.




David "DJ" Jebutu and Daved Ferrell's work fell in together early in the process. DJ's deceptively simple drawing Adventure, where the word adventure printed boldly and repeatedly seems to marching towards adventure with a firm resolve. DJ's adventure is fully anticipated but not yet entirely experienced. When I paired Adventure with Ferrell's Loss and Remorse, they created a classic tragic narrative of adventure ending with taciturn regret. Anthony Pontarelli, Meredith Stern, and Tony Carneiro's work taken as a triptych speaks of desire, half forgotten dreamscapes, fragile relationships, and a square urban jawline, all working parts of Rhode Island's social terrain.



I was especially struck by Kyle Komeiga's abilty to transform the humble medium of makers into scrunchy ebullient odes. His drawings create such distinct shapes without firm descriptive edges.



Brian Lamora's Circles end the circumnavigation of the room, with his mandala-esque homages to geometry and color. His circles remind me of all of the contradictions of circles, they imply both journeys and stasis. The Circles also slyly solve the "color" paradoxes posed in the early works of Jasper Johns. Like the circle, and my lost works, we end up where we started but we seem to be in a different place altogether.


Delia Kovac
December 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Installation @ BankRI downtown



semi-self portrait as a sing-a-long




Semi-self portrait as my neighborhood



Semi-self portrait as my neighborhood, detail

enjoy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Preview of My New Large Prints

I will spare you the entirety of the press release. But please enjoy some pictures of my new Semi-self portrait as a a sing-along.




The BankRI Galleries presents:
NEW LARGE PRINTS BY DELIA KOVAC
TO BE EXHIBITED AT BankRI Gallery in the Turks Head Building
Exhibit runs November 5, 2009 - December 3, 2009
RECEPTION NOVEMBER 19, 2009 (GALLERY NIGHT) 5 - 8:30 PM
For more information, contact www.bankri.com or call 456-5015





Bank RI Gallery is proud to present the new work of artist, Delia Kovac. "New Large Prints" features two recently completed large abstracted self-portraits mono-printed with an experimental screen printing technique on loose cloth. Kovac's work plays with the formal qualities of printmaking, her images are created by layering hundreds of loosely printed images. Her work bends, breaks, tweaks and recasts traditional printmaking techniques into innovative forms. She purposely creates imperfect impressions to reveal the labor inherent to reproductive techniques.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Painting for Lesbian Herstory Archives

I just mailed off this double-sided painting on very thin abaca I made in New jersey. This piece is a reenvisioning of a painting I did for The Making last year. I am very honored to be among many of my heroes participating in the first Art Benefit for the Lesbian Herstory Archives.


December 19, 2009
1 PM
@Alexander Gray Associates
526 West 26 Street #1019
New York NY 10001
212 399 2636 Telephone

more info and to buy raffle tickets here.



(front)





(back)

DOUBLE-SIDED SEMI-SELF PORTRAIT AS A SKI MASK
acrylic on artist made abaca
2009

Rediscovered work in the AS220 Flatfiles

A few early works of mine reappeared after going missing 5 years ago. I decided to celebrate by placing them in the AS220 Flatfile progam.
View them inside the Flat files of the AS220 Project Gallery
93 Mathewson St., Providence, RI, 02903
(401) 490-6164




THE CALL (diptych)
sumi-e ink, toner, oil ink monoprint on paper
2003



















WHAT DO WE HAVE TO FEAR NOW?
Sumi-e ink, water-based monoprint on paper
2003

And to whoever was responsible for getting them back to me, thank you.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Textile Screenprinting Class @ AS220



I am very proud to say that the entire class took up the collaborative repeat challenge. Thank you to Cate, Rou, Jim and Elaine for your hard work and your willingness to work as a team. GO TEAM.

I am teaching another class Intro to Printmaking 4 sessions starting November 1st. More info at the end of this post.




Intro to Printmaking
$110.00
Sunday November 1st, 8th, 15st and 22nd, 5pm-9pm

This intensive workshop is designed as an introduction to or refresher of the basics of printmaking techniques. Intaglio, Screenprinting, Letterpress, Relief and Photopolymer plate making will be covered. This course will offer samples of all the disciplines supported by the AS220 Printshop and is perfect for those interested in printmaking, but unsure about where to begin. Participants should come prepared to work with images they want to translate a multitude of methods.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Relief Textile Printing for Upcoming Class



I made this simple repeat on two kinds of blue cloth as a sample for a textile printing class I am teaching at the AS220 printshop starting next Wednesday.

I think most people will be interested in Screenprinting, but I thought I would explore block printing on cloth. The matrix is a small piece of linoleum. It is printed in oil based ink. We will see how it washes.


There is one spot left if you'd like to sign up Click this LINK.

Yardage in its final state



Its Big.
Its Bold.

Enjoy.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Work on Paper Available at the 5 Traverse Gallery

I dropped off some works for the 5 Traverse Gallery's Flat Files earlier this week. All are available for Purchase.

Bad Joke (Irigaray vs. Nietzsche, sort of)


Hurricane Cindy, 2009

How We Hold Together, 2008


Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Providence-32 Gilmore, 2008


Croutch, 2006



Cindy Fills The Room, 2008



Encroaching Blue Boys, 2008


Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Providence-32 Gilmore, 2008


Engagement Ring, 2008-09

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

In Progress: Monoprint Yardage



I am making some yardage for some projects. See it evolve.



Day One.



Day 2.

I most likely will cut this up and sew some soft sculptures.




This is five yards of fabric. I edited out my messy apartment from these extremely professional shots.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Saturday: LAST DAY OF BOOK SHOW and Coffee with Will Schaff & Jessica Rosner --


(I just got this note from 5 Traverse, if you haven't gotten a chance to see the book show I highly suggest it. Not just because I am in it, but because it is a good show.)



This Saturday, June 27th, is the last day of The Book Show.

Artists Jessica Rosner and Will Schaff at the gallery in person.
Saturday: 2:30-3:30 -- Rosner and Schaff will be in the gallery. Come by for coffee and meet them, learn more about their work, and discover new art.

The show is open 12-6pm, today through Saturday.
The exhibition features limited edition books and original work by Jessica Deane Rosner, William Schaff, plus work by more than 30 other Rhode Island-area artists.

The Book Show is curated by Jesse Smith and Maya Allison, with a section guest-curated by Brent Legaul.

5 Traverse Gallery
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm during exhibitions
One block from the corner of Wickenden & Benefit in Providence's Fox Point. Click here for directions.

http://www.5traverse.com
401-278-4968

read reviews here

WRNI on The Diary Project


The Providence Journal

The Providence Phoenix

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Down at the Printshop



Today I spent some time familiarizing myself with the available letterpress inks at the AS220 Printshop. For the record, Panatone is not my favorite. I'll tough it out. I am planning a couple of projects on the big red and shiny vandercook-possibly involving a laser. Stay tuned.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Stingers




I made this earlier this year for the Southern Graphics Convention in Chicago.

"Stingers"
four color screenprint
2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Up & Coming: New Printmakers make their Mark @ the Hunterdon Art Museum

I am please to report that one of my masks Forest for the Trees


will be on display in New Jersey at the Hunterdon Art Museum.

June 14th - September 13th, 2009
Opening Reception Sunday June 28th 2-4 PM

(I heart New Jersey)

The Book Show @ 5 Traverse----Opens MAY 22nd


My 'Zine FORMAL APOLOGY from 2003 will be on display in book as Post-Modern Medium (“the book show”) at the 5 Traverse Gallery




Opening reception Friday, May 22nd, 6-8pm.
On view through June 27.
the gallery is located at 5 Traverse Street, Providence RI 02907--off Wickendon St.



I hope you can join us this Friday.