ART MORA is pleased to announce Beyond Printmaking, a group exhibition of Renee Magnanti and Bill Pangburn. Renee Magnanti and Bill Pangburn are artists and printmakers based in New York City. for this exhibition, they unveil a new body of work that includes carved encaustics, large-scale woodcut prints, woven prints, and hand colored etchings.
Renee Magnanti’s current work in encaustic, prints and print weaving is inspired by world textiles and often incorporates text in the image. She is known for her singular technique of carving in encaustic as well as her distinctive approach for combining prints with weaving. Her work is in the collections of the Amarillo Museum of Art; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; Cornell University; National Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; Sanbao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China; SUNY Buffalo, and many private collections. Renee Magnanti received her BFA in Fine Arts from SUNY at Buffalo and her MFA from Tulane University. She lives and works in New York City and has shown her work there, in the US, Europe (including Germany, Greece, Bulgaria), and Asia (including China and Korea), in museums, universities and private galleries. She is the recipient of several awards and grants including the Rumsey Traveling Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo, The Creative Artists Program grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and a Textile Society of America conference scholarship for Textiles Close Up: Indonesia at the Yale University Art Gallery.
“ The fusion of traditional aesthetic expressions with the contemporary is essential to the artwork that I create and has been for the extent of my professional career. Pattern has always been a leitmotif in my work. The conceptual and aesthetic qualities of pattern are the essential components of my encaustic paintings and mixed media prints. With the inclusion of text, my art embraces a feminist perspective that references the women’s societal role in the production of art and creative aesthetics.”
-by Renee Magnanti
Bill Pangburn is a professional artist who works in painting, printmaking, and installations based in New York. His current work is inspired by the Hudson River. Bill Pangburn studied fine arts at the Phillips-Universitaet, Marburg an der Lahn, Germany; Tulane University (BA), New Orleans, LA; and Pratt Institute (MFA), Brooklyn, NY. He is currently an adjunct professor for studio art at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the director of the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College.
“I bike alongside the Hudson River daily. This affords me a view of the river, its waves, currents, and flow. Daily differences occur, of course, as the weather and natural forces affect the water, but the flow persists. In one sense this experience is routine, mundane, and familiar. I peddle and the river flows. Yet, I do perceive a connection through a communion in repetition. Both the river and I are driven daily by our respective forces, moving our respective matter, and both of us are never the same despite our repetitions. Eternity and transience dance hand in hand. Against this, however, is the knowledge of the river’s pollution and the destruction of the ecosystem that civilization has wrought. Our dominion is becoming our demise. We are at a tipping point as the metaphysics of the natural world slip through our fingers, leaving us only a view of a ravaged world built upon our own exploitations. While I am very much involved with questions of self-awareness, I am also fully cognizant of the finite and immediate aspects of our existence. I find that I must live with both perspective and I attempt to address them with different aspects of the work that I do.”
-by Bill Pangburn