In the exhibition On the Way, Karin Bruckner presents two new monoprints that straddle the lines between printmaking, drawing, painting, and collage. Printmaking became a focus in Bruckner’s work in 2006; she found the medium a congenial way of creating art given her professional background in architecture. Its unique combination of creative flow and process requires a structured, sequenced way of thinking in layers, shapes, and colors not unlike architectural plans. Over the years, constant experimentation propelled Bruckner’s monoprints into a painterly direction, incorporating paper lithography, etching, collagraph, chine collé, and viscosity techniques to achieve complexly layered visual landscapes of considerable depth.
In her first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery, Judy Richardson presents sculptures that are built, assembled, and cast with familiar materials like wood, wire, metal, wax, and cloth. Her work is composed of elements that speak of the wonders of the everyday and depicts her interest in objects that have been used by people. Taking objects apart, keeping the most emblematic detail of those objects, using those parts as raw material, and reconstructing them into something new is how Richardson creates pieces that take on a theatrical, prop-like character that have their own narrative. The works become statements about political situations, emotional forces, and human follies and obsessions. Richardson states, “I work with urgency and humor, and feel that the intensity of our lives is shown in the things we make because we have to and need to make them. I believe in the mark of the human hand, and the beauty of human error.”