November 29 – January 4, 2015
Opening Reception Saturday, November 29, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Market Street Gallery
Now and Zen: Fifteen Years of Contemporary Printmaking
Galveston Arts Center presents a retrospective of uniquley layered abstract monoprints by Houston artist Orna Feinstein. The exhibit celebrates fifteen years of contemporary printmaking by Feinstein and was curated by Vincent Falsetta of the Art Department at University of North Texas, Denton. Inspired and fascinated by the interior geometry organic things — the concentric patterns of tree rings or the cellular structure of a plant when observed under a microscope, Feinstein uses oil-based inks on various surfaces such as fabric, paper and Plexiglas that she assembles or stitches together. Her three-dimensional works examine themes of life and progression, reinventing the monoprint as an abstract physical object that advances, accordion-like, across space and time.The pieces selected for this show demonstrate the evolution in materials and approaches that has occurred in Feinstein’s work over the years, highlighting her sophisticated relationship with color including monochromatic, bright multi-hued and black & white works. Fans of the exhibit can follow its schedule of openings throughout Texas in 2015 at www.ornafeinstein.com.
Orna Feinstein, based in Houston, Texas, specializes in monoprints and other mixed media. Orna’s art begins with an observation of nature, and ends up in an abstract creation. The beauty of nature, its color, texture, and energy attract and inspire her work. In particular, Orna finds the tree trunk to be nature’s most intriguing object. When the trunk is sliced horizontally it reveals a repetitive and meditative pattern of rings. When sliced vertically, it reveals more complex and puzzling linear and circular patterns. Such duality is a great metaphor for Orna’s creative process. Monoprint, Orna’s favorite media, is a unique process in which one can use a combination of painting and printmaking techniques. It results in a one of a kind image and some effects that cannot be achieved in any other form of art.