Aline Feldman, "Whiteline and Watercolor: Recent Works"
Dec. 2, 2006 - January 13, 2007*
*Gallery will be closed from December 23 through January 2, for the
In her fifth solo exhibition at the Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Aline
Feldman continues to create distinctive woodcuts that are highly prized
for their complexity, color and vitality. Her work is recognized both
nationally and internationally for its unique blend of Eastern and
Western techniques. Her prints are in many museum collections
including the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Smithsonian
American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
Max Beckmann was in residence at Washington University ( St.Louis ),
when Aline was a young student there. She was influenced by his use of
woodcut medium and his approach to composition that "filled the whole
space". After moving to the Washington DC area in the 1960's, she
studied with Unichi Hiratsuka, a woodcut master, who later returned to
Japan and was designated a "Living Treasure". It was from him that she
learned the ancient Eastern tradition of woodcut printmaking. She then
transformed the conventions of this tradition into her own singular
Aline Feldman carves, paints, and prints her images from single panels.
The "whitelines" are the lines carved into the woodblock--the white of
paper when the image is printed. The printing is done with watercolor
painted on the woodblock , one area at a time. This results in an
image that is more a unique watercolor painting/monoprint than one from
an edition of identically colored images. A detailed discussion of the
evolution of Aline Feldman's technique and style is found in "A Graphic
Muse: Prints by American Women" by Ruth E. Fine, curator, National
Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.*
Aline Feldman's work captures a very American sense of optimism and
individual expression. Her subject matter alternates between landscape
and cityscape. This exhibition contains examples of both.
Monet, in 1867, utilized his permission to paint within the Louvre,
to, in fact paint views of the city from the museum**. Aline Feldman,
traveling to museums worldwide, has worked in a similar manner. From
drawings and photographs of views from the museums, she has created a
series of woodcuts. A selection from this series of cityscapes is on
view in this exhibition. A second series of woodcuts, "Beyond the
Trees", shares with Monet a fascination with the same landscape viewed
at different times of day.
*Richard S. Field and Ruth E. Fine, " A Graphic Muse: Prints by
American Women", published in 1987, Houston Hills Press, New York, pp.
76 - 78.
**Ellen Williams, "The Impressionsts' Paris", published in 1997, by the
Brooklyn, NY, pp. 24 - 31.
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