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As an art student experimenting with printmaking, Alyse Rosner that, in woodcut printing, the directness of cutting the block and the intrinsic beauty of the wood seduced her. Ultimately, the woodblock became the painting surface, rather than a printing block. Rosner worked on a miniature scale: 5x6 inches, acrylic on raw pine. These are obsessive paintings inspired by Indian miniatures and manuscript illumination, created by layering transparent color and masses of tiny mark making. The wood grain was the incentive for how each painting began. The boards were unprimed so the first impulse was to respond to the grain as if it were a drawing. After several years of working this way, a gallery expressed interest and requested all of the completed pieces in my studio. In a panic, about to find herself in a very empty studio, she impulsively made rubbings of the paintings. Because the work is so textured, the resulting images are often impressions of how the work feels rather than how it looks. She painted into these rubbings adding color and other elements in an effort to recreate a hint of the original paintings from memory, always with a very different outcome. A second group of painted rubbings evolved at the same time. These focused on the idiosyncrasy of end grain, knots and splits in the blocks. This hands on physical process grew into her current studio practice incorporating rubbings, gestural painting and obsessive line drawing on yupo, raw canvas and wood. For ODETTA’s flat files, she is revisiting the miniature scale, again on raw pine, this time focusing on layering and accumulating line and vivid color. Alyse Rosner melds direct graphite rubbings of wood grain, sycamore leaves and tree stumps, gestural painting, and layers of obsessive mark making on synthetic japanese paper, raw canvas and wood. On top of these un/natural surfaces Rosner paints with delicacy and intense abandon, creating powerful works that are uniquely her own. An alumna of the undergraduate art program at the University of Michigan and the MFA program at The American University, she has exhibited her work for the past two decades. Rosner's exhibition history includes group and solo shows at The Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane (New Orleans, LA), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield CT), Rick Wester Fine Art (New York, NY), Artspace (New Haven, Connecticut), Kathryn Markel Fine Art, (New York, NY), Denise Bibro Fine Art (New York, NY), Metaphor Contemporary Art (Brooklyn, NY), The Clark Gallery (Lincoln, MA) as well as various art fairs including PULSE and Texas Contemporary. Rosner has received awards and fellowships from The American University, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her work was recently acquired by Credit Suisse and can be seen in the Connecticut Artist Collection, as well as numerous private collections. Alyse Rosner is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art (New York, NY).
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