CURT CARPENTER | PRINTMAKER | ASPEN, COLORADO

 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, 1951

Lives in Aspen, Colorado since 1979

 

EDUCATION

BS in Studio Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison,1973

MFA in Printmaking, University of Wisconsin, Madison,1978

 

HONORS

Juror's Choice Award, Arvada Center for the Arts, "528.0," April, 2020

Aspen Art Museum Fellowship, 2020

Aspen Art Museum Press Play, "How does a Robert Armstrong sculpture

relate to the 1950s design process of the Interstate Highway Sign System," 2019

 

EXHIBITIONS

2020

Museum of Art Fort Collins, "Rocky Mountain Biennial," Fort Collins, CO

Arvada Center for the Arts, "528.0," Arvada, CO

Aspen Chapel Gallery, "Independence Pass," Aspen, CO

 

2019

Red Brick Center for the Arts, "Bauhaus in Aspen," Aspen, CO

Red Brick Center for the Arts, "Landscapes," Aspen, CO

Aspen Chapel Gallery, "Flowers," Aspen, CO

Aspen Chapel Gallery, "Small Wonders," Aspen, CO

 

2018

Aspen Chapel Gallery, "Small Wonders," Aspen, CO

 

2017

The Art Base, "Woodcuts of the Roaring Fork River," Solo exhibition, Basalt, CO

Red Brick Center for the Arts, "Over the Horizon," Aspen, CO

Aspen Chapel Gallery, "Something Other," Aspen, CO

Aspen Chapel Gallery, "Small Wonders," Aspen, CO

 

2016

Aspen Chapel Gallery, "Small Wonders," Aspen, CO

 

2015

Aspen Chapel Gallery, "Fresh Air," Aspen, CO

Aspen Chapel Gallery, "Small Wonders," Aspen, CO

 

1993

Mill Street Gallery, "The 10th Mountain Huts," Solo exhibition, Aspen, CO

 

1992

Colorado Ski Museum, "The 10th Mountain Huts," Solo exhibition, Vail, CO

 

1985

Patricia Moore Gallery, "Rocks of the Roaring Fork," Solo exhibition, Aspen, CO

 

REPRESENTATION

Curt is represented by the Artworks Store at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado.

 

PRESS

Aspen Art Museum Fellowship Presentation • May, 2020

Appreciating The Surrounding 'Landscapes' At New Red Brick Exhibition

Aspen Public Radio. Christin Kay • January 15, 2019

Local printmaker Captures Roaring Fork River Scenes in Woodcuts.

Aspen Public Radio. Claire Woodcock • September 10, 2017

Curt Carpenter Art Talk. The Art Base, Basalt, Colorado•October 12, 2017

 

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

 

"With the powerful simplicity, the rough naïveté, and the often angular awkwardness that the technique brings with it, there's also a peculiar mixture of roughness and tenderness, of energy and dreaminess, that has nowhere found clearer expression than in the production of the woodcut."

—MAX OSBORN

Der Holzschnitt (The Woodcut)

Bielefeld: Velhagen & Klasing. 1903

 

Simple graphic shapes are the essence of woodcut, and the mountains and rivers where I work are full of these shapes. I work from drawings made in the field, much of the time near the Roaring Fork River which runs through a wild gorge near my studio.

 

Woodcut is a very restrictive art form and I find real freedom in the lack of choices. The characteristics of my woodcuts are simple, blocky, kind of primitive shapes, printed in just 2 colors. The lack of color keeps the images more abstract, less literal, less illustrative, maybe more formal.

 

The technique of woodcut is more like sculpture and painting. It’s reductive, not additive. Instead of adding paint to a white canvas, the printmaker starts with a black block and cuts away the wood to reveal the image. Straight lines and simple shapes are dominant. The image has to be cut in reverse, the mirror image of the final print. I print on Japanese rice paper in additions of 15 prints.

 

—CURT CARPENTER

July 2020 | Aspen, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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