Chamber

  • Diane Villani Editions, Chip Elwell, Stephen Rodriguez, Alex Kessler, Andrew Bovell, Gregory Amenoff, Chamber, 1985, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1985, Gregory Amenoff, Museum purchase, 1991.94.2

Exhibition Label
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

Title
Chamber
Artists
Chip Elwell (Printer)
Alex Kessler (Printer)
Andrew Bovell (Printer)
Date
1985
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image: 31 1/4 x 37 3/8 in. (79.4 x 94.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Landscape – phenomenon – cave
Object Number
1991.94.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
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