Lamson Library will host the first of two printmaking exhibitions through December 20 at the library on Highland Street in Plymouth.
Kurt Brian Webb: War—Dance of Death in Black, White and Blood Read All Over, features images of soldiers “unknowingly intermingling with malevolent skeletal figures,” according to Library Director David Beronä.
Webb, from Illinois, uses woodcuts to create social commentary that provokes the viewer through humor, satire and cynicism. His work is heavily influenced by thematic graphic genres from art history. However, while aspects of the work are rooted in tradition, it also fits a contemporary context. Grim to ironically cheerful images of death remind viewers that life is fleeting.
In the Dance of Death series, each two-color image is printed directly from a woodblock onto Japanese paper, and the print is then superimposed over a contemporary news story relating to death and the war in Iraq.
Webb will be visiting the Art Department and sharing his thoughts about his work, subjects,process and content in D&M 301 the following morning, Thursday, Sept. 13 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited and urged to attend.
Penelope Bennett: The Artist as Witness, will be exhibited February 6 – May 16.
For print series information contact David Berona.
Lamson Library is open Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 9 p.m. For holidays and updates these hours, check the library schedule online at www.plymouth.edu/library/hours.