State Proof Printmaking as a Narrative

2:00 pm To 4:00 pm

January 19, 2019

January 19, 2019

Peter Nickel

Event Description

In my work, I seek to explore a range of contradictory themes within a given image. Because I am a twin, I have an interest in what manner dualities are revealed. By resurrecting references to past art historical periods with what I might refer to as a surrealist’s mind’s eye, I contrast figurative and abstracted styles; I recall art historical images and treat them within a contemporary context. In doing so, I hope to suggest opposing and duel characteristics simultaneously, contrasting through a personal symbolism such themes as:

Realism vs Distortion
Submissive vs. Assertive nature
The real vs. the anonymous, ephemeral and spiritual

Further, I specifically choose the medium of Stone Lithography to do my work because it offers what I believe is the avenue for the best presentation of my ideas. The processes offer visuals that cannot be achieved any other way. Also, the process of working through the different states of the imagery gives me the greatest freedom in exploring the realm of the subject matter.


Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St Austin, TX 78712-1455. Denius Room


About the Organizer/Venue

The Harry Ransom Center is an archive, library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the United States and Europe for the purpose of advancing the study of the arts and humanities. The Ransom Center houses 36 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and more than 100,000 works of art.

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