Exhibition of cast-paper woodcuts to celebrate Brooklyn's energy

SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery will open an exhibition on Friday, Jan. 27, of the cast-paper woodcuts and prints of Brooklyn’s Stewart Nachmias, whose work conveys the zest and humanity of urban life.

Woodcut titled Latest Coney“Pulp Icons: Cast Paper and Prints of Stewart Nachmias” will open simultaneously with the 49th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Tyler Art Gallery.

The exhibitions, free and open to the public, will run through March 3, with Nachmias’ exhibition in the south gallery and the students’ work in the north.

Nachmias, originally from Queens, creates expressionist images with inventive graphic techniques, using his experience as a musician, performer and artist on such nostalgic subjects as the Coney Island amusement park, working men, exuberant musicians and puppet shows.

His exhibition aims to challenge viewers’ notions of printmaking, according to promotional material for his work. “The world he shows us is often raw, off-kilter and usually infused with humor, as it celebrates both urban life and the humanity he finds there,” an essay for the artist’s website relates. “In Nachmias’ vibrantly colored woodcuts, there is a range of emotions: the intensity of a trumpeter making a joyful noise, the thrill of a Coney Island roller coaster, the grind of work day-to-day.”

The artist began developing his graphic techniques—including applying ink directly to deeply carved wood blocks that act as molds for hand-dyed pulp—while printing the works of other artists, including Peter Max and Raphael Soyer. Chief among Nachmias’ artistic influences are German expressionists such as Beckmann, Kirschner and members of the der Brucke group.

Tyler Art Gallery is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays during the academic year. For more information or for visitors needing assistance, call 312-2213.

PHOTO CAPTION: Glory days—SUNY Oswego will exhibit prints from the cast-paper woodcuts of artist Stewart Nachmias, whose “Latest Coney” print celebrates the heyday of Coney Island amusement park in southern Brooklyn. The often-frenetic energy and color of the borough are frequent subjects for his graphic techniques. Concurrent displays of Nachmias’ work and that of the 49th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition will run Jan. 27 to March 3 in Tyler Art Gallery’s south and north wings, respectively.

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(Posted: Jan 09, 2012)

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