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January 6 - 22, 2012
Opening Reception: January 6, 2012 6 to 9 pm

Inspired by the affluent riches, historical wealth, and the expansive waters surrounding Venice printmaker Karen Kunc brings a new body of work to Anderson O’Brien Fine Art January 6 through 22, 2012. Kunc has always had an abiding interest in water as a life-giving element, and as a signature issue of life in the Great Plains and in this ancient city she was excited by an impulse to explore it in a different light.

The Immeasurable is a reflection on water’s immensities, methodical impulses, distance and depth, wandering into meanings of vulnerability, toxicity, and precarious balances. During her recent sabbatical, spring term 2011, she was in residence for two months at the Venice Printmaking Studio, Italy, developing large-scale woodblock prints on the theme of Acqua Alta, where she was submerged in the physical world of water, light, space, the built environment, which she addressed in her own abstract language. Her ultimate creative goal is an immersive sensation into the physical world of ever moving reflections and changeable spaces; a timeless sense of life’s ebb and flow, revealed at the ‘water’s edge’. For the water’s edge not only touches Venice in all its exquisite lethality, but our own world here at home. This past summer of drowned fields and lost roads was an enchanted and forbidding sign of immersions to come.

Karen Kunc was born in Omaha, NE and knowing at a young age she was an artist, was influence by her surroundings. She received her BFA from UNL and later received her MFA from Ohio State University. In Ohio, she developed her innovative woodcut printmaking process, exploring an evolutionary attitude of openness to responsive and risky process, and intuitive vivid color reactions on a large scale, which was revolutionary and impactful, garnering important recognitions in local, national and international competitions. Most significantly, in 2007 she received the Printmaker Emeritus Award from the Southern Graphics Council International. Karen Kunc is currently the Cather Professor of Art at UNL - where she has taught since 1983. She continues to travel extensively in search for new connections to her content issues.

The Immeasurable by Karen Kunc opens Friday, January 6, 2012 at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Old Market, 1108 Jackson Street, Omaha, NE. An opening reception for the artist will be from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, January 14 at 3 p.m. there will be an artist talk. The exhibition runs through Sunday, January 22, 2012. Exhibition hours are Monday – Wednesday 11am – 6pm, Thursday – Saturday 11am – 9pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm.




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