April Vollmer to Exhibit Moku Hanga Art and Teach its Technique in Workshop
TEANECK, NJ (October 12, 2006) – April Vollmer’s traditional Japanese woodblock technique prints will be on display in the exhibit “Bites and Kisses” in the University College Art Gallery of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The exhibit opens on November 9 and runs through December 1.
Vollmer will teach the woodblock technique, called Moku Hanga, in a workshop on November 9 from 1 -3 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and a fee of $20 covers all necessary materials for participants. Observers may attend for free.
“I use the process of printmaking to generate complex patterns from bits of nature,” said Vollmer. “My prints often take the form of mandalas as I isolate, rotate, and multiply the shapes of small insects and flowers. ‘Bites and Kisses’ refers to the love-hate relationship between insects and plants, an interdependence that extends far beyond the microcosmos. Japanese woodblock is my main way of working, though I often use the computer to work out my ideas”
Vollmer earned her MFA in printmaking from Hunter College , and learned Japanese woodblock after she established her studio in lower Manhattan. She relies on a computer to plan the complex nature patterns that she uses in her woodcuts. Vollmer’s work has been published in the journals Science, Printmaking Today and Contemporary Impressions, and her prints have been exhibited at the Phillips Museum of Art, Silicon Gallery, AIR Gallery, the Islip Art Museum, Henry Street Settlement, and internationally.
She has taught workshops at Japan Society, the Lower East Side Printshop, Pyramid Atlantic, the Women’s Studio Workshop, Dieu Donne Papermill, and, in the fall of 2004 Vollmer traveled to Japan to work with the Nagasawa Art Park woodcut program.
More information is available at Vollmer’s web site, www.aprilvollmer.com.
The University College Art Gallery is located in University Hall on the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. The Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 201-692-2801.