Stone Voices

Stone Voices

An exhibition of large scale installation and photography by Bernice Ficek-Swenson
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Sat Mar 11th, 2017 6PM - 8PM CST
Mar 13th - Apr 14th, 2017
Lecture Presentation
Tue Apr 11th, 2017 6:30PM CST
Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art
250 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis ( map )

Traffic Zone Gallery presents Stones Voices, exhibition of artworks by Bernice Ficek-Swenson. The exhibition includes a large-scale installation of black & white photographs of 12 stones accompanied with narratives written by 6 contributors. Incorporated are stones from evocative locations as a D-Day Beach, Ganges River, Pompeii and a beloved Lake Superior cove. Each “story” tells a history or description of the landscape/geology and a personal reaction to each site. The exhibition also includes 2 suites of photogravure prints and an artist book that thematically reference the installation. The Here/Now There/Then photogravure suite was created during an artist residency at Izote Editions, in Mexico, with a unique edition of color photogravures hand-printed by the artist for this exhibition.


Artist Statement

Stones have been an important part of my imagery, an interest that began as a 20-year-old map drafter working with geologists.  Prehistoric megalithic locations have also been sources of inspiration, with visits to sites leaving impressions of monumental scale and a vast sense of time. Stone Voices was created after a “pilgrimage” to Carnac, France where 3000 Neolithic stones older than the pyramids are aligned. In my Stone Voices installation I’ve expanded the metaphor of “stone” beyond a reference of landscape/time, to implying environments touched by human presence. Photographed stones reflect places of historic relevance: a D-Day Beach, a cremation site on the Ganges River and the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Bernice Ficek-Swenson

Lecture Presentation
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
​Contemporary Copper-plate Photogravure
Free and open to the public

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