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Oct. 8, 2013
“Sequester Assemblage,” a unique 3-D assemblage by Northwest Missouri State University Professor of Art Philip Laber will appear this fall at the Boston Printmakers 2013 North American Print Biennial.
The assemblage is Laber’s most recent addition to his ongoing suite of prints, “House of Cards,” and its acceptance to the Boston Biennial means his three most recent prints will have appeared in national or international exhibitions.
“This was a significant achievement for me,” Laber said. “Recognition should also go to Dr. Charles McAdams, whose confidence in my creative activities and recognition of the same through a College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Research Award in the spring of 2013 helped me find the time to make this experimental and very time-consuming artwork.”
“Sequester Assemblage,” is among 139 pieces to be featured in the print biennial, and it was selected from among 2,306 entries internationally.
Laber designed the assemblage including two hand-painted, egg-shaped components bisected by a virtual playing card with an extruded figure on top. He printed those two components with a 3-D printer in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
The department added the still-evolving 3-D printing technology among its resources a couple years ago in an effort to compliment sculpture as well as jewelry, metalsmithing and other disciplines. It allows artists to design 3-D forms using computer software, and it offers advantages that extend beyond traditional art.
Laber’s suite of prints “House of Cards,” which is approaching 25 pieces, is an idea that has grown since 2006 when he was teaching for Washington, D.C.-based American University in its study abroad program in Corciano, Italy. He soon began making etchings combined with digitally produced images.
“Those were the first prints where I really started to do the social commentary and examination of who we are, how we live, what we hold as important and how we fail,” Laber said. “Pretty soon I realized there was a growing connection between these. This was not just a couple of works that had a common thread, but they were all bonded together in a group.”
“House of Cards” was born out of a simple notion that any society is fragile, Laber says.
“Democracy or not, they are fragile,” Laber said. “They are subject to failing for all kinds of reasons, and I thought, ‘Well, that would just be kind of an interesting, connecting thread or undertone that would hold all of these prints together.’”
Additionally, Laber’s editioned intaglio print, “Sono Americano,” was displayed as part of Shy Rabbit Print International 4, an exhibit featuring nearly 70 print artists June 15 through July 5 at Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Michael Krueger, associate professor of art, University of Kansas, juried the exhibit.
Laber’s photo etching, titled “House of Cards, Sequester,” from which the assemblage was derived was displayed May 20 through June 7 at the Third National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints at the National Arts Club in New York City. The New York Society of Etchers Inc. organized the exhibit, which featured Laber’s artwork with those of 72 other artists. A jury of Dr. Leonard Moss and Dr. Muriel Moss, founding members of the Print Club of New York and the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions Advisory Council Collectors, selected the exhibited pieces from hundreds of submissions from artists throughout the United States.
Laber, who has served as a visiting artist and exhibited a variety of media, says his successes as an artist add to the experiences and knowledge he passes to Northwest students as a faculty member and mentor.
“Students and I work side by side in the studio and when my work is accepted into an exhibition, they begin to understand how they might accomplish similar goals through their experiences,” Laber said.
To learn more about Laber and his work, visit www.philiplaber.com.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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