November 3 – December 18, 2014
Reception: Friday, November 7 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Hunder creates images that are records of actual objects – branches and grasses inked and pressed into paper with an intaglio press or recorded as photograms on sensitized paper. Although mimicking scientific recording in some ways, the resulting prints are gestural and expressive, forming a subjective place within a skeleton of reality.
Stephanie Hunder teaches printmaking and digital media at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN, where she is Gallery Director and Professor of Art. Originally from Minnesota, she received her BFA (1993) and MA (1997) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her MFA (2000) from Arizona State University. Hunder’s prints depict natural objects, such as plants and insects, sometimes in conjunction with manmade structures. Her work investigates the relationships between form, function, and meaning, presenting imagery that could be seen as iconic, symbolic, or scientific. She uses a variety of digital and photographic printmaking media, altering objective-style photographs with personal marks and subjective colors.
Natural forms speak to us in metaphors – a moth emerging from its cocoon, seeds blown on the wind… Nature holds a place in our most basic understanding of the world and forms the foundation for the language of our thoughts. The subjective, inner world of the mind mimics the objective, outside world – nature, bodies, spaces. I use printmaking and photography to make a record of actual objects, yet I find the resulting prints expressive, gestural and mysterious. Collaged together, they question pictorial space and natural symbolisms –linear branches physically carve and emboss the flat paper, then fall into deep illusionistic shadows, forming a subjective place within a skeleton of reality.
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Hours: M – F, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.