‘Crystal Wagner: Transition Spaces 12.3’ to be Displayed in Crisp Museum

musuemCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 16, 2012 — “Crystal Wagner: Transition Spaces 12.3,” a printmaking and mixed-media installation, will be on display beginning Oct. 30 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The public is invited to attend an opening reception from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 2. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 9. To view a time-lapsed video Wagner created during  installation of the artwork, visit http://youtu.be/nb7HugvtE0c. Through a combination of different processes, including but not limited to screen printing, intaglio etching, relief printmaking, drawing, intricately cut paper, collage, cable ties, paint, Mylar and tar paper, the exhibit takes advantage of the multiple in printmaking in constructing large, intricate, site-specific forms related to a concept. “I am interested in exploring the significance of waste as it relates to my interests,” Wagner said. “I am fascinated by the idea of environment. I rely completely on being a part of one but find more and more that I am being alienated from it. Environments form the complicated systems and structures that surround us. On a visual level, they determine our sense of space, our understanding of form and our sense of movement. In that way line, shape, color and light all synchronize and become the shifting backdrop that defines human beings and their relationship with the world. I appreciate the abstract and sometimes alien nature of that environment and in my own attempt at coming to terms with it am working with what I call world building to construct specific habitats or landscapes within an environment.” Wagner, assistant professor of art at Georgia College and State University, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Atlanta College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts at The University of Tennessee. While in graduate school, she wrote and self-published the book, “Crimson Sky.”  The story, which is about self-discovery and survival, explores the human condition. “I find myself seduced by terms like interpretation, artificial, abstraction, synthetic and fabrication when I regard the complexity of it all,” she said. “The elements that make up my images operate like propositions in that they lend themselves to interpretation. As abstractions their executions reference schematic illustrations, scientific diagrams and architectural models while being organic. I discover in the work that the imagined is just as relevant as the real, and that during inception the work takes on validity through its fabrication, fiction or not.” Wagner has also participated in numerous artist residencies. Her work has been accepted into several national juried exhibits and has been showcased nationally and internationally. In April of 2008 and March of 2010, she was a featured emerging artist on Juxtapoz magazine’s website, and in the summer of 2010 and winter of 2012, she was featured on the cover of Graphic Impressions magazine. Wagner’s exhibit is in conjunction with the Mid America Print Council (MAPC) Biannual Conference, “Pressing Prints/Pressing Palms: The Entrepreneurial Printmaker,” at Southeast. MAPC is an educational organization whose goal it is to promote awareness and appreciation of the art of making original prints, books, hand-made paper and drawings. MAPC is a resource to educational and nonprofit organizations, universities and the public at large, providing for the exchange of technical and critical information on the art of printmaking. These goals are furthered through conferences and workshops; the organization, display and circulation of exhibitions of original prints, books, hand-made paper and drawings; newsletters and journal articles; awards given to those in special recognition of a lifetime contribution to printmaking; and research, study and general enjoyment of the arts. For more information on the conference, visit https://sites.google.com/site/pressingprintspressingpalms/home.