Jean Gumpper: Swirling Currents
Groveland Gallery presents an exhibition of woodcut prints created by Jean Gumpper through a reduction woodcut process.
- On View
- Sep 9th - Oct 14th, 2017
- Sat Sep 9th, 2017 2PM - 5PM CST
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis ( map )
Swirling Currents, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of woodcut prints by Jean Gumpper, opens September 9th at Groveland Gallery. Over the past 25 years, Gumpper’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is widely recognized as one of the finest reduction woodcut artists in the United Sates. .
Gumpper’s prints are created through a reduction woodcut process. Using this technique, the image is printed from a board of birch plywood that has been carved and inked numerous times. The image is first drawn out on the wood. Then the areas meant to remain the color of the paper are cut away. Paper is placed on the block, both are run through a press with pressure and the ink is transferred to the paper. The print develops in layers. After all of the pieces of paper in the edition are printed with the first color, the block is cleaned off and everything meant to be the color just printed is cut away. The second color is then rolled out and printed onto the paper. The process of cutting and printing is repeated, sometimes up to 17 times, until the print is complete.
In all her work, Gumpper’s complex images focus on specific elements in the landscape creating compositions that often omit the context of land or a horizon line. Such an approach allows her expressive, multi-layered landscapes to hover between realism and abstraction.