My new prints are featured in a group exhibition at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City.
Heather Lustfeldt of the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art curated Structure, Story and Flow, a group exhibition of works by Pele Prints artists.
Umbra RM19 and Umbra RM21, monoprints, 30″ x 30″, 2014. Published by Pele Prints, St. Louis.
Structure, Story & Flow
In Collaboration with
Curated by Heather Lustfeldt
Jessie Van der Laan
September 5 – November 1, 2014
Pele Prints is a collaborative fine art printmaking studio dedicated to creating limited edition prints and original works of art. At Pele Prints, we take a non-traditional approach to each project and encourage experimentation. Here artists are free to explore their ideas in the studio, using multiple print processes as a jumping-off point. While the print medium is the primary focus, finished pieces may also include three-dimensional components, collage, handwork, and/or various other elements. The goal is to create a unique body of work that displays the curiosity, learning, and constant discovery exemplified in the collaborative process at its best.
In addition to being an artist, Amanda Verbeck is the collaborative printer and publisher at Pele Prints. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and has 14 years of experience as a printmaker. After working with several presses in the St. Louis area, Amanda started Pele Prints in 2006.
Featuring a selection of new and recent work created at Pele Prints by a range of artists, these exhibitions will explore related themes of design, structure and narrative inspired by organic forms, nature and humanity.
Structure, Story & Flow presents imagery inspired by nature, form, and human fantasy. Opulent, large-scale prints invoking waves, wings, landscapes and atmosphere juxtapose intimate, textural works reminiscent of cell structures and light. These formal, more abstract adventures of color and gesture complement fantastical narratives merging aspects of human, animal and architecture within psychologically charged vignettes.
This exhibition is curated by Heather Lustfeldt, a curator, writer, educator and collection consultant in Kansas City. Heather is currently Curator at Epsten Gallery Foundation in Overland Park, KS.