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Ilse Schreiber-Noll

Searching for a New Planet
(Only History Remains)
2002-2014

January 24 - February 22, 2015
opening reception Jan 24th  3-5 pm

 
Beacon, NY - Theo Ganz Studio is pleased to present Ilse Schreiber-Noll's ongoing series Searching for a New Planet (Only History Remains) 2002-2014, which will include sculpture, books, drawings and paintings and be on view from January 24 - February 22, 2015.  We hope you can join us for the opening reception for the artist on Saturday, January 24th from 3-5 pm.  The artist's work was most recently included in the gallery's group show,  Cape Dorset and Points South in July 2014.

Searching for a New Planet - for which the artist received a Puffin Foundation Grant - has become a multi-media meditation on the plight of our planet using children as "the narrative to bring awareness to the issues that are posing serious threats to humanity" ... violence and war, environmental catastrophes, disease and famine. 
While the theme of the project is dark and unyielding - read the artist's full statement on the website -  her small-scale drawings and paintings here convey a lyrical almost-storybook mood of possibility and adventure.  The whimsical little collaged figures of the children traipsing across planetary dunescapes remind us, perhaps, that we are on the brink of an era in which humans will spend extended periods of time in deep space.   The artist's propensity for taking one image and improvising on the possibilities is evident in the five small original pastels (5 x 19 inches - 2 of which are shown above) as well as in the The Children's Walk  series (below) which continues to grow as the years go by!  Large-scale prints (24 x 72 in) have been produced of the small drawings and will be available.

Ilse Schreiber-Noll was born in Germany and attended the University of Marburg before moving to the United States to study woodcut and the art of the book with the Uruguayan-American artist, Antonio Frasconi.  In 1989 she received her MFA from SUNY Purchase, NY and later taught The Art of the Book with Frasconi whose politically-driven subjects combined with her own lifelong reading of the German poets and authors, especially Bertolt Brecht, inspired her strong sense of social justice.  She worked with Eric Bentley, the playwright, translator and preeminent authority on Brecht and collaborated with him in producing over ten books with her woodblock prints, pen-and-ink drawings, aquarelles and collages.  Collaborations with other luminaries include Joseph Brodsky, Dennis Brutus, Galway Kinnell, Octavio Paz and John Cage.  Some of her most lyrical, elegiac work - in any medium - can be found among these limited edition and unique books.  Many are in public and private collections worldwide.  

The artist has maintained a scrupulous record of her work in beautifully-produced catalogs as well as been included in numerous exhibition publications - everything is at hand for one to peruse and meditate upon.   For further information on the artist and her work, please contact Eleni Smolen at theoganzstudio@tds.net or 917.318.2239. 

 
Ilse Schreiber-Noll,  The Children's Walk,   2007-2014,  mixed media and collage on canvas,  12 12 x 9 in panels.  Photograph/Howard Goodman
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Theo Ganz Studio
149 Main Street
Beacon, NY  12508
917.318.2239
Fri-Sun 12-5 pm and by appointment
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