Sylvia Plimack Mangold Exhibit at Krakow Witkin Gallery

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Date(s) - 03/12/2021
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Krakow Witkin Gallery presentsSYLVIA PLIMACK MANGOLD
The Pin Oak, 1985-2015

January 17 – March 17, 2021

(click here to see images of the exhibition)

The Pin Oak July 2015, 2015, watercolor and pencil on paper, 30 x 38 inches framed (75 x 95 cm)
The Pin Oak, 7/11/05, 8/13/05, 2005, watercolor and pencil on paper, 30 x 38 inches framed (76 x 95 cm)

Krakow Witkin Gallery proudly announces “Sylvia Plimack Mangold: The Pin Oak, 1985-2015.” The show, with the broad themes of change, growth and repetition, presents watercolors and etchings that all involve just one tree, a Pin Oak, as studied on the artist’s property in mid-state New York over a thirty year period.

Plimack Mangold described her process this way:
“Here you are forced to look at form in ways that retain the preciseness of the subject… looking anew at what is so commonplace—habitual looking—is a hindrance. I work as if the brush were a scalpel, dissecting and repairing—over and over—trying to forget the conventions of vision so that this tree becomes a great sculptural piece rising above itself to become what it isn’t.” (2)

When looking at the details in one of Plimack Mangold’s works, a viewer is confronted with the materiality of the ink, graphite or paint, as well as the flat plane and texture(s) of the paper. The artist has left evidence of her actions (obvious and subtle additions, as well as subtractions) so as to create a balanced experience of decisions, processes and illusions. Surface and depth, nature and geometry, planned and spontaneous, as well as both a sense of timelessness and being of a specific moment are all considered equally, creating a dynamic relationship among the tree, artist, artwork and viewer.

Of the same generation as serial-based artists On Kawara and Roman Opalka, yet engaged with the expressive qualities of gesture, Plimack Mangold explores the realities of life: circularity, contradiction, growth, linearity, loss, process, opposition and the expansive opportunities that come from repetition.

This show occurs with inspiration and support from the following generous and talented folks: Brooke Alexander, Ted Bonin, Cheryl Brutvan, Puffin D’Oench, Ann Finholt, Helen Molesworth, John Paoletti, Doris Simmelink, Annemarie and Gianfranco Verna and, most importantly, Sylvia Plimack Mangold. Many thanks to them all.

For images of the individual works and views of the exhibition as a whole, click here.

For images of other works by the artist, click here.

For questions, email here.

The gallery is open by appointment, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 5:30.

Winter Pin Oak, 1999-2000, drypoint with aquatint, 30 x 36 inches  (75 x 92 cm), edition of 30, 10 AP
Summer is all the stages of life and death
Winter is the dormant time
Green is all the tones from naples yellow to cobalt blue
Grass is all the tones from hay to sky
White is all the forms from paint to snow
(from snow to sky?)
and life is all the interruptions from morning to night

Sylvia Plimack Mangold (3)
(1) Sylvia Plimack Mangold, unpublished journal, Winter, 1995, as quoted in Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Landscape and Trees, Cheryl Brutvan, Norton Museum of Art, 2012(2) Sylvia Plimack Mangold, handwritten note, ca. May—July, 1991, Sylvia Plimack Mangold archive, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, as quoted in Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Works on Paper, 1968-1991, Ellen D’Oench and Hilarie Faberman, Wesleyan University, 1992

(3)  Sylvia Plimack Mangold, unpublished journal, July 13, 1977, as quoted in The Paintings of Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Cheryl Brutvan, Albright-Knox, 1994

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