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Chamber

1985 Gregory Amenoff Born: St. Charles, Illinois 1948 Chip Elwell (Printer) Stephen Rodriguez (Printer) Andrew Bovell (Printer) Alex Kessler (Printer) Diane Villani Editions (Publisher) color woodcut on paper image: 31 1/4 x 37 3/8 in. (79.4 x 94.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1985, Gregory Amenoff 1991.94.2 Not currently on view


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In Chamber, the rough texture of the woodcut surface and outlines contribute to the work’s expressionistic qualities, while the rich colors lend a decorative balance to the composition. Although overall patterning and exuberant color are the first elements to strike the viewer, closer examination reveals abstract landscape and biomorphic forms, delicately printed on sensitive Japanese paper. The “chamber” of the title may refer to a mountain cave, with its religious and mystical connotations of a hermit’s retreat, or to an underwater cavern, home to mysterious creatures of the sea. Based on one of Amenoff’s paintings but considerably altered in scale and color, the print is transformed into an independent work of art.

Multiplicity, 2011

Keywords

Abstract

Landscape - phenomenon - cave

graphic arts - print

paper - laid paper

woodcut - color