Back Then, woodblock print by James Fortune
Exhibited from October 3 to October 30, 2015 in the Lamson Learning Commons, Main Exhibit Wall and Berona Exhibition Wall. Opening reception October 6, 4pm - 6pm, refreshments will be served.
As a student of Karl Drerup in the mid 1960’s and later a professor in the Art Department at PSC, James Fortune created prints that exemplified the impact that his environment had on his artistic searches. He investigated the linear patterns, rhythms, and energy of forms using a variety of printmaking media. On exhibit at Lamson Library are woodcuts, wood engravings, linoleum block prints, and etchings. These are some of the beginning searches in his art career that spanned over 50 years.
There will be a selection of Fortune’s works with a literary reference also on exhibit at the library. Jim created the Sweeney Series as a visual response to the ancient epic Sweeney Astray translated by Seamus Heaney. The media employed in these works is pigmented paper pulp. The paper becomes the media rather than only the substrate.
As part of the Fourfold Retrospective in From the Continuum exhibit, Fortune’s artwork will be on exhibit concurrently during the month of October in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, the Silver Center for the Arts, and in the Edwards Gallery at the Holderness School.