Season: New Works by Dore Page
Motif Magazine,Providence RI
ZAP! Dore brings style to printmaking @ Breslin
Printmaker shows off vibrant vision in gallery exhibition
By Doug Norris/Features Editor
Season: New Works by Dore Page
On View at Breslin Gallery
May 14, 2008, East Greenwich, RI - Breslin Fine
Art Gallery hosts A Printmaker's Season: New Works by Dore Page from May 24 through June 22.
The artist, who is known simply as "Dore," will be present for an artist's reception
on Saturday, May 31, from 7 - 9 pm. This will be her second consecutive solo show at the gallery.
Dore first rose to prominence in the '70s and
'80s as a result of her collaboration with Fluxus founder Dick Higgins, who also sponsored
the first major exhibition of her work in New York. Fluxus artists are known for blending different
media and diverse disciplines, including visual arts, music, literature, and dance. Performance
art, "happenings," and concrete poetry are examples. Along with Higgins, Yoko Ono
and composer John Cage are among the better-know artists associated with Fluxus.
Although Dore does not consider herself a Fluxus
artist, her early work is included in the Fluxus Museum in Potsdam, Germany. And her handprinting
technique - a composite of several methods - is in keeping with the Fluxus philosophy. One
of the many methods she uses is letterpress, a printing process once popular with small job
printers. "I was fascinated with the visual drama of print," Dore says. "Newspapers
and old movie fan magazines and early tabloids like "Confidential" enthralled me.
The iconic typography of things like Tide detergent boxes and pulp fiction book covers mingled
in my mind with typography's finer practitioners like Bodoni and El Lizitski."
Visually, Dore's composite works could be described
as skirting the boundaries of pop art, but with a personal or even painterly construct that
draws easy comparisons to Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.
Dore's works on paper and artist books, released
under the name Woodbine Press, are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Brown University,
the Getty Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Illustration, Fluxus
Museum, and University of Rhode Island.
Breslin Fine Art Gallery is located at 187 Main
Street, East Greenwich, RI. The gallery is open from noon to 7 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays
and noon to 4 pm on Sundays. For further information contact the gallery at 401/885-2340 or
We Can Create Life Without War: A Retrospective
Exhibit of the Works of Corita Kent
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March 13, 2008, Providence, RI -- Breslin Fine
Art Gallery announces "We Can Create Life Without War," an exhibition of artwork
created by Corita Kent (1918 - 1986), who became one of America's most popular graphic artists
in the 1960s and '70s. Exhibition dates are April 12 through May 10; the exhibit is presented
in collaboration with Inspired Images, a non-profit foundation created to share Corita's vision
with new generations.
Corita Kent's career as a printmaker began in the
1950s while she was a teaching nun in Los Angeles. Her work was "pop" in style, and
espoused universal themes of love, hope, and peace. In the early '60s, Corita's work took on
a more decidedly more political tenor, reflecting her interest in and support for humanist
causes including civil rights, feminism, and anti-war activism. Partly because of her increasing
work load as her art soared in popularity and demand (as a nun she was allowed little time
to devote to her art), partly because of intense pressure from and the wrath of conservative
church leaders, Corita left her order in 1968 and moved to Boston to concentrate on her art.
The work is deceptively simple: bright swatches
of color interspersed with text. But the verbal play, visual puns and imaginative use of calligraphy
and block letters, sometimes in the form of popular slogans, bits of poetry, word or sentence
fragments, show a high, yet subtle, level of sophistication.
The exhibit will feature 40+ original prints and
paintings from the collection of Rev. Bill Comeau, founder of Inspired Images, who collaborated
with Corita Kent in the late '60s. The two remained friends until Corita's death in 1986. Personal
correspondence and memorabilia collected by Rev.
Comeau will give a rare glimpse of the artist's life as well as her work. Rev. Comeau will
be at the opening reception and will present a gallery talk later in the exhibit.
A selection of original prints, posters, and giclee
reproductions will be available for purchase at the gallery. Portions of the proceeds will
benefit the Inspired Images and Corita Foundations.
The opening reception will be held Saturday, April
12, from 7 to 9 pm. The show continues through May 15. Gallery
hours are noon - 7 pm Wednesday
through Saturday and noon through 4 pm Sunday. For more information,
contact Breslin Fine Art
Gallery at 401-885-2340 or www.breslinfinearts.com.