Monday, February 16, 2009

Gouge The Modern Woodcut at the Hammer Museum

Walking in there is all orange walls in the first room. There is a woodcut about Christ that was printed in Tahiti with a medieval sculpture. It was printed in black ink. The woodcut printed about eternal night was printed in black, orange and yellow. It echoes the glow of the night of the spirits of the dead. There is one called “Nude Seated in Profile” which has a lot of black bold lines creating abstract shapes in the figure of a woman. “Towards the Forest” by Edward Munich was woodcut printed in black, blue, orange and green carved from 2 blocks, one side, and 1 in 6 pieces. The “Dr. L” by Emil Nodle was printed in 1912; it’s a woodcut in black ink with bold effects of a gouge. The subjects simplified psychologically interest features were cut in brisk strikes with embossed paper. Gabrielle Munter used linoleum in black, orange, pink and beige. She is admired for her inclusive quality of the gouge and its tool for vehicle for some boldest and innovative compositions. The 2nd room is brown with a giant woodcut of “Horse called Grane”, is a mythological horse in Rich Wagner’s drama “Der Rings des Nbeluagen.” The 3rd room is red with large-scale woodcuts. Luis Penalver Collazo’s work is called “Latin America, Unite!” by female personification during the revolt in Cuba. The 4th room is purple called “Sacred Cuts & devoted imagery for devotional use.” There are giant scrolls by Shin Young-ok called “By the ways of Wisdom”, it’s a woodcut block printed on book pages, mounted on handwritten ramie and cotton thread. I thought overall it was a very interesting gallery; it had a lot of art from the early days around the 1950s. I was surprised that even back in the 1800’s they had the tools and desire to cut into wood or linoleum and come up with these images that were just as good as modern ones I have seen. It gave me more inspiration to create my own works just like they did.

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