Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Exhibitions at The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory: Jack Carlton’s 'Observations & Impressions,' Kerri Harding’s 'Murmuration'

Jack Carlton’s Observations & Impressions
Kerri Harding’s

August 7 – September 17
6 weeks

CLEVELAND (July 8, 2015) – Flock to the Morgan to observe their newest mesmerizing exhibitions. Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation will present concurrent exhibitions in the main gallery featuring Kerri Harding’s Murmuration and Jack Carlton’s Observations & Impressions.  

Kerri Harding is a bookbinder, papermaker, letterpress printer and proprietor of Little Ledo Press (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), which produces artist’s books and handmade paper. Using her work as an act of meditation on a theme, Harding creates site specific installations. Each installation is unique, and in this way, reflects the ever-changing nature of heartache and recovery.

Murmuration is made up of over 1000 paper airplanes created using polymer plates to letterpress paper that is made of a pigmented blend of cotton, abaca, and recycled materials. The 1000 paper airplanes stand in for starlings, birds known for their strange and beautiful flocking patterns. They respond to stimuli and move as a single organism.

Harding says, “For me, making art is an act of meditation on a theme. The making of Murmuration was long and process oriented, and provided a time and place for personal reflection of the ever-changing nature of heartache and recovery. The scale of the piece, exceeding 1000 airplanes, is a reference to the Japanese legend of the making of paper cranes. It is said that anyone who makes 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish or given relief from illness."

Fueled by his interests in urban renewal, social justice, and anti-war efforts, Jack Carlton’s work has always been a response to the world around him. Carlton’s diverse experiences allow him to be proficient in a variety of media, ranging from mixed-media painting, steel welding, bookmaking and printmaking.

Observations & Impressions, refers to the way Carlton’s work speaks about the places he's been, people he's seen, and events that have happened around him. This exhibition includes books and prints on paper created in Ohio, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Morocco. 

“My work is a personal diary of what I’m thinking about – what’s happening now, in the world, every day, or what’s gone by. I work out ideas in sculpture, painting, printmaking and artist books. Working in a series has been going on since the beginning”, explains Carlton.

Carlton teaches A Survey of Printmaking, Book Art, intaglio press and Vandercook press, and silkscreen at Hiram College.  He holds degrees in sculpture and painting from Kent State University and a MFA degree in printmaking from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University.

Cost: Free
Opening Reception: August 7, 6-9pm
Open Reception Parking: Our E 45th entrance 
(one-way running south between Payne & Commerce).
Exhibition Dates: Friday, August 7th – Thursday, September 17th 
Exhibition Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation is an Ohio non-profit art center dedicated to the preservation of hand papermaking and the art of the book.   The Morgan Conservatory will pursue its educational and charitable purposes by serving the greater community locally, nationally, and internationally with sustainable practices in an innovative green environment.

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