Fine Art Gallery Showcases Works by Peter Marcus and Joan Hall

Posted: November 6, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 6, 2009 at 10:56 am

"Collagraph" by Peter Marcus

Collagraph by Peter Marcus

The School of Art brings to campus this month the architectural prints of Peter Marcus and the large-scale paper and print works of Joan Hall, both of the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis.

The exhibition will be displayed in the Fine Art Gallery in the Art and Design Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus from Nov. 9 through Dec. 4. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Professor Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis, Peter Marcus founded the Washington University collaborative printmaking workshop in the 1970s and built the first large-scale press capable of printing two different kinds of plates, lithographic and intaglio.

As an art student in the 1960s, Marcus was told by a professor that organic and geometric forms should never coexist in the same work, a rule that he has spent his career breaking.

Marcus’ work combines his love of architecture (specifically in his hometowns of St. Louis, Mo., and Jamestown, R.I.) with intaglio, a technique used to describe any image that is printed from a recessed design in a plate.

"Your existence is not unlike my own" by Joan Hall

"Your Existence Is Not Unlike My Own" by Joan Hall

Joan Hall is a Kenneth Hudson Professor of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. She also has had her work shown nationally and internationally, and it has been published in more than 10 books.

Hall’s large-scale works combine papermaking and printmaking techniques using netting and multiple layers of translucent and transparent paper, which she says gives them the “impression of floating images, conveying deep memory of time.” The layers are only attached at the top, allowing air currents to gently move the papers, which “taunts the viewer to fix the ‘right’ perspective.”

Helen Frederick, an associate professor in Mason’s School of Art, says, “As viewers, we intuit Hall’s phenomenal spaces as water, wind, currents and waves. These works seamlessly shift our vision from reality to metaphor and leave us not only with many realms of poetic meaning, but perhaps a new sense of mobility as well.”

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