Mark Strand: Collages
In addition to his extensive poetry, essays, and criticism, Mark Strand has throughout his life made paintings, collages, and prints. He studied with Josef Albers and Bernard Chaet at Yale in the 1950s and his early work was included in both Albers's renowned The Interaction of Color and Chaet's The Art of Drawing.
Strand creates his collages using hand-made and hand-colored papers that he makes at Dieu Donné with the help of master papermaker Sue Gosin. The resulting pulp is then mixed with various pigments to produce a set of colored paper pulps he then uses to create his papers. Working while the paper is still wet, Strand paints with the colored pulp using his hands, paint brushes, and squirt bottles. Once it has dried, he tears and cuts the paper to create collages. Varying degrees of paper transparency and an array of deckled edges combine to form unique compositions with remarkable depth and character.
This exhibition consists of fifteen collages made in Madrid and New York between 2011 and 2013. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 5 from 6-8 PM. A catalog of the exhibition with an essay by Francine Prose is available.
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