ArtSake had the good fortune to meet Anne Krinsky at the recent Get Your Grant lecture at the Concord Art Association. She’s an artist who is extremely adept with both painting and drawing and as you’ll see, her line work is exquisite. We asked her if she would share with us a little bit about her working process.
For my second show at Soprafina Gallery in Boston, Anne Krinsky: A Provisional Space, New Works on Panel and Mylar, I am exhibiting architecturally-inspired abstractions, informed by my residency last September at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA, and by a recent trip to Tunisia.
The large carriage door of the Rocky Neck residency studio is sheathed in an embossed, gridded pattern that resembles a boat’s hull – or, when inverted – doors, gothic windows and archways. I have used grids in my work for many years and shortly after I arrived on Rocky Neck to begin my residency, this one announced itself as “my next grid.” Using this grid as a scaffold, I have created luminous acrylic and mixed-media works on panel and on layered Mylar.
Carriage door at Rocky Neck residency studio in Gloucester, MA
While I was at Rocky Neck, I took some photos of light coming in through the studio blinds and falling onto rolls of Mylar I had placed on a table top. By manipulating the Mylar scrolls, I could shape the light patterns into a variety of wavelike forms.
Anne Krinsky: Mylar Photo 1, digital photo, size variable, (2010)
I then incorporated acrylic transfers, made from these photographs of light patterns, into other works on panel and on Mylar.
Anne Krinsky: Mylar Moments, acrylic and mixed media on mylar, (detail) 54″ x 105″ (2011)
My observations from Tunisia also animate this body of work. I integrate forms originating in Tunisian vernacular architecture – complex tiled interiors and white exterior walls punctuated by brilliant blue windows and doors – into my gridded framework.
Anne Krinsky: Portal, acrylic and mixed media on panel, 36″ x 18″ (2011)
I sometimes think that all my work is just an excuse to mix colors.
I work with geometric and botanical forms – Chinese and Islamic architectures, field guides and my own drawings of plants. I think of my studio as a repository of images – which can be recycled and recombined in novel ways.
My Shelf Life installation is one result of this visual cross-fertilization.
I made Shelf Life, a site-specific installation of small panels, displayed on shelves, for my 2010 show, Anne Krinsky: Time/Line, 2000-2010, at the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College in Boston. Some of the panels had been hanging around my studio for years and had been sanded down and reworked. These included botanical images from 2002 and 2003, which I made after seeing rare illustrated manuscripts in London’s Natural History Museum. The composite work – in which green stripes figure prominently – was inspired in part by the subtly striped green glass of the new Simmons library. I also will be exhibiting other small panels from the Shelf Life series at Soprafina.
Anne Krinsky: Shelf Life, (detail) Gallery Installation, Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, acrylic and mixed media on panel, 12 panels on 3 shelves, each panel 12″ x 9″ (2010)
A Provisional Space: New Works on Panel and Mylar
April 1-30, 2011
Artist’s Reception: Friday, April 1, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Soprafina Gallery, 55 Thayer Street, Boston, MA 02118
Image credit: All images by Anne Krinsky