“Nature's Will/Material Will,” an exhibit of installation and prints by Robin Dintiman opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center's Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, N.Y.
"Nature's Will/Material Will," an exhibit of installation and prints by Robin Dintiman opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center's Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, N.Y.
Dintiman will lead an artist's talk on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at the gallery. The exhibit will be on view through September 29.
"I have found reverie as well as inspiration in the natural environment. I am sure it is the 'waitingness' of it, as well as the 'beckoning' of it, that captures me," says printmaker and sculptor Robin Dintiman.
Whether she is working directly with objects found in nature in her sculptures or taking nature as her subject in her prints, Dintiman captures the intimate, emotional quality of natural settings through her photogravures, etchings, collographs, and sculptures.
As part of "Nature's Will/Material Will," Dintiman created organic sculptures comprised of twigs, branches, and urethane foam. "When working on sculpture, a material's will and my decision making create a product reflecting the process of these two issues," Dintiman says. "If I am not vigilant, the form slides from beauty into a sloppy mess."
Her photogravures capture a soft, timeless woodland, somewhere between color and black and white. "In the photogravure process, I focus on how to accentuate the numinous quality of landscape," she explains. "Trees with their digging into dark earth to grow, then reaching to catch the light, resonate their intent."
Dintiman was born in Texas and grew up in the Hudson River Valley, to which she returned in 2002 after 25 years in Northern California's Bay Area. As an undergraduate at Moore College of Art, Dintiman received a fellowship to apprentice in Kyoto, Japan, where she was trained in techniques including hand blockprinting and stenciling. She continued her studies through scholarships to Haystack School in Maine and Pratt Graphics in Manhattan, ultimately receiving an MFA in Sculpture and Printmaking with high distinction from the California College of the Arts.
She is currently a board member and faculty at the Manhattan Graphics Center (formerly Pratt Graphics), the only non-profit print facility in New York. Her work—including sculptures, prints, drawings, and collages—has been exhibited in museums throughout the country. The Philadelphia Art Museum, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Arkansas Art Center and the Chrysler Museum have her work in their collections.
"Free and open to the public, the exhibit is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the Arts Council for Sullivan County, NY, and is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Alliance Gallery is located at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the exhibit call (845) 252-7576 or visit www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.