Transit of Venus
Klagsbrun’s latest body of mixed media work on paper originated in a found object: a ledger containing observations of the 1874 Transit of Venus, a phenomenon occurring every 243 years when the planet Venus moves across the face of the sun, twice. Astronomers over the centuries, dating back 5000 years ago to the Sumerians, have tracked her movements and seen her as divine.
The Transit of Venus becomes an entry point into a variety of inter-related ideas, celestial and astronomical, scientific and mythological, all of which become themes in the work. The depths of ocean and cosmos are evoked by Klagsbrun’s creative use of cyanotype, a 19thcentury photographic printing technique that produces deep indigo shades over which she layers drawings in ink and pencil.
“In this new body of work, I continue my exploration of the tension between form and formlessness, order and chaos. The systems of order and measurement that have been applied to the cosmos are balanced against the chaos that moves below the surface of the deep”, Micheline Klagsbrun, March 2019.
Curated by Aneta Georgievska-Shine.
First Friday Reception: April 5, 6-8 pm | Artists’ Reception: April 13, 4-6pm | Artist & Curator Talk: April 26, 5-7 pm
IN THE DOWNSTAIRS GALLERY
My climate change-based abstract landscapes are reminiscences of recently traveled places. Continuing my interest in giving the viewer a sense of place, these mixed media paintings present ideas on the changing landscape. They may trigger memories rather than describe a specific place, while evoking a sense of urgency to preserve the natural beauty around us.
Each piece explores aspects of climate change and the constant degradation the Earth is experiencing, while finding the beauty in all that remains and demands attention and action now. These paintings juxtapose nature’s very divergent characteristics: the serene and active, picturesque and disintegrating, quiet and volatile. Some works offer an atmospheric perspective, as if seeing the land from above after a violent storm, a glacier melt, or the aftermath of destructive wildfires.
My hope is this work connects the viewer to their sense of place on Earth and energizes our efforts to save the beauty of places that cannot be replaced. Where is your sense of place? Will it last in your lifetime?
First Friday Reception: April 5, 6-8 pm
Artists’ Reception: April 13, 4-6pm
Closing Reception: April 27, 4-6pm