Stone Boat - Word and Image

Works by Phillip Chen

On view September 9 - October 13 

Each print in the Stone Boat II lithographic series originated from a single word, a generative working title chosen to forward visual inquiry through a succession of varied image making processes: experimental drawing, model making, photography, predictive drawing, and printmaking. 

Pavilion architecture activates the dialectics of inside/outside, embodying the bounded sentience of our half open, half closed state. From word to image and from origin to destination, the transitions of Stone Boat II propose that place is not a static concept. 

As originally conceived, this lithographic series remains open and ongoing.  The inception of Stone Boat I occurred decades ago in Chicago, IL and led to the beginning of a subsequent series in Des Moines, IA.  

This exhibition is the first public showing of Stone Boat II.

Phillip Chen received his B.F.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His prints have been exhibited in numerous locations nationally and internationally and are held in public collections that include Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts. He has traveled extensively as a visiting artist and served as an evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, College Art Association, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His image making has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Iowa Arts Council, Louis B. Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the John Solomon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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Please join us for a closing reception with the artist on Sunday, October 13 in the cafe from 4pm - 6pm.