LYNNE KORTENHAUS DEBUTS “NEW WORKS ON PAPER”
AT CAMBRIDGESEVEN’S PAUL DIETRICH GALLERY
OCTOBER 22, 2018 – JANUARY 25, 2019
RECEPTION AND ARTIST’S TALK –
THURS. NOVEMBER 01, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30PM
CambridgeSeven presents, “New Works on Paper” by Lynne Kortenhaus, a collection of prints created over the summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In the tradition of artists whose spirits have been shaped by the sea, Lynne Kortenhaus’ work is rooted in the drama—and quietude—of the ever-changing coastal landscape putting forth her fascination with light, color, and form as observed in, from, and around the Atlantic Ocean.
Lynne Kortenhaus was raised on a 26-acre New Jersey farm among makers—her grandfather cultivated the land and her grandmother and mother brought the fruits of his labor to the table daily. Early on, Lynne was influenced by this homesteading heritage. She used her grandmother’s Singer sewing machine to craft her own dresses from Vogue patterns and learned the art of crochet. She took her joy of making to the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a BFA in 1973 and an MFA in 1975. Lynne spent her final year studying drawing and printmaking in Florence, Italy. Lynne is a passionate supporter of the fine arts community. She is a member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum; a Director’s Circle member of the Institute of Contemporary Art; and a trustee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Boston Center for the Arts. She is currently the chair of the Public Art Commission for the City of Boston. She is a contributing artist to the annual FAWC Monoprint Project, originally established by Michael Mazur and currently directed and curated by artist Bert Yarborough and is a member of the Boston Printmakers.
She is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery, located at 494 Commercial Street in Provincetown’s East End Gallery District. For information contact Mike Carroll at 508 487-4800 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I am transformed by the lyrical quality of nature, even in its boldest and most dangerous outcomes,” Kortenhaus says. “Living in New England and experiencing the four seasons is a constant reminder and storyteller of both the everyday beauty of the changing landscape and seascape. I am excited to be showing my newest work at CambridgeSeven’s Paul Dietrich Gallery.”
“ The Gallery actively seeks new and different work from established and emerging artists to showcase,” said Kwesi Budu-Arthur, curator. “When I saw Lynne’s work, I was intrigued by her use of color and light but also the abstract nature of her work created a potential for dialogue not just between the pieces themselves but also with visitors to our gallery here at CambridgeSeven.”
Kortenhaus pulls viewers into richly colored, moody horizons that mesmerize with tumult and stillness. Alternatively, ethereal abstracts in pared down palettes and nearly minimal compositions buoy us in their simplicity. Still, the artist’s hand and definitive use of materials are apparent. The technical, process-driven demands of printmaking appeal to Kortenhaus’ self-described obsessive nature, though after nearly 50 years honing her craft (Kortenhaus studied at Rhode Island School of Design, earning a B.F.A. in 1973 and an M.F.A. in 1975), mechanics are second nature. She says, “I love process and feel comfortable enough in the technical skill sets of the medium to let go, and let the materials play to my imagery.”
In the studio, Kortenhaus employs copper, veneer, 8-ply mat board, wood, or Plexiglass plates, cut to size. She routinely integrates printmaking techniques with hand-applied materials and drawing. After formalizing her concept based on photographs she’s taken to help record her memory of a place or a detail, she arranges found materials on the plate. These might be a portion of a cover of The New York Times Magazine, a torn bit of handmade paper, dried seaweed, or various fibers, such as thread, yarn, tulle, cheesecloth, or re-purposed tarlatan that was used for wiping ink from etchings. Ultimately, her final work is the result of a series of printmaking runs, combined with chine colle, stencils, collage and hand-applied graphite, colored pencil, or pastel.
“New Works on Paper” will be available for public viewing Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm starting Monday, October 22, 2018 and ending on Friday, January 25, 2019.
CambridgeSeven is a world-renowned architecture and design firm located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The firm provides high-quality, fresh design solutions to complex challenges and specializes in the following categories: academic, aquariums, civic, commercial, exhibits, hospitality and museums. CambridgeSeven has received numerous awards, including the National AIA Firm award, and has practiced throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more information visit cambridgeseven.com.
The Paul Dietrich Gallery at CambridgeSeven was established in 1999 by one of the firm’s founding partners, Paul Dietrich, as a tribute to collaboration across all design disciplines. Not only does the Gallery showcase work of current and former employees, it also exhibits work created by the local design and fine art communities. These inspiring quarterly shows present a range of perspectives on art, architecture and design. The Gallery is open to the public during business hours, M-F, 9am-5pm.