Ashland University Coburn Gallery Sets Exhibition

Brant Schuller

8/1/12 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host an exhibition titled “Marking Time,” which will feature prints and drawings created by Pennsylvania artist Brant Schuller.

Schuller served as assistant professor of art at Ashland University from fall semester 1993 through spring semester 1998 before accepting a position at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa.

The exhibition will run from Aug. 13 through Sept. 20. A closing reception is planned for Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with an artist talk by Schuller at 5 p.m. during the reception. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. For more information about the reception or exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.

Since 1992, Schuller has been working as a printmaker making sculptural prints and works on paper. He received a 2001 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Visual Art for this work.

Schuller has been granted two residences at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, where he made prints that are included in the permanent collection of the Royal Art Museum, Antwerp. He was also in Residence in Japan at the Nagasawa Art Park working with masters of the Moku Hanga technique. Other collections that Schuller's work may be found in include the Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium; The New York Public Library, New York; The Museum of Modern Art / Franklin Furnace Artist's Book Archive, New York; The Joan Flasch Artist's Book Archive, Chicago; Visual Studies Workshop Media Archive, Rochester, N.Y.; The Lawson Drawing Collection of Austin Peay University, Clarksville, Tenn.; The Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark.; University of Wisconsin, Parkside, Wisc.; and the Banff Center, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Schuller's solo exhibitions have been at Anchor Graphics, Chicago; Temple Gallery, Philadelphia; Spaces, Cleveland; and The Society for Northern Alberta Printmakers, Alberta, Canada. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in group exhibitions from which he has received a number of awards and honors.

His “SITE-SEEING,” a collaborative project with artist Kristy Krivitsky was written about in Lucy Lippard's On the Beaten Track. His work also has been included in Sculpture, Juxtapoz, Antenna magazines and many newspapers including the Philadelphia Weekly and Cleveland Plain Dealer. Schuller earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland and a MFA from the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a professor of art at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa.

The "Marking Time" works deal with layered information, time and an interest in understanding the constructed environment and the visual manufacturing of it. The prints and drawings are made by tracing surroundings or the depiction of them onto vellum to produce drawings or as key images to be printed using screen print. Schuller also has been hand painting the key images (black lines) following in a long tradition of hand colored prints to create unique works. The colors used are taken from nature and used in a heightened manner to suggest a specific place, time or season.

The prints and drawings will include:

  • Television tracings -- “I like to watch television, but often feel as though I have not retained anything from the time I¹ve spent as a spectator and this troubles me. Therefore, I have decided to document this pastime by tracing what I watch. I set up simple parameters for this body of work. I tape a sheet of vellum to the front of the T.V. and using a graphite pencil I trace, as best I can, the edges of the forms that are moving in front of me. I do this for the duration of the movie or show, but during the commercials I go to the bathroom or get something to eat, as nobody wants to see a traced commercial,” Schuller said.
     
  • Traced exterior view of Trinity Lutheran from Demuth’s Window -- “When asked to participate in the thematic exhibition “Rooftops and Steeples” at the Demuth Foundation, I was able to do a series of drawings looking out of the bedroom window of Demuth’s home. This was an honor as Demuth is Lancaster’s most praised artist with numerous works in prominent institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art as well as inclusion of his work in most surveys on American Art. These drawings focus on the steeple of Trinity Lutheran Church and were made by taping a transparency to the window and tracing the exterior capturing the environment as it moved as well as my constantly changing vantage point. These were then printed onto paper using screen-printing and hand painted. For the series of Exterior Tracings, I use a China Marker to trace what is seen onto a clear plastic sheet that is taped to a window of building or other site of significance. This sheet is burned onto a screen and printed to create images and unique painted prints. To date, I have done over forty variations on two key images; half are on exhibit in “Marking Time.”
     

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

 

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