Frances Myers
Summer Afternoon at Trocadero, ca.1975
Color etching, edition 7/25
23 5/8 x 19 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd

Silhouette: Capturing the Human Form in Contemporary Prints and Art Jewelry

October 21, 2020 – January 23, 2021

Artists have long been concerned with representing the human form—either as portrait, anonymous figure, imagined being, or something in between. By definition, silhouette refers to either a particular type of portrait comprised of the outline of a form that was popularized in the nineteenth century, or more generically, the outline of a mass, body, or form. The tradition of silhouette portraits, in addition to the metal figures that adorn the surface of Mary Giles’ works in the gallery adjacent to Silhouette, serve as inspiration for this look at the human form in contemporary prints and art jewelry.

While prints and jewelry may not seem like obvious partners for exploring the body, both can reflect the figure in two dimensions. Using different tools, media, and approaches, all of the artists represented in this exhibition explore how to best use the human form as either a compositional element, storytelling device, or representation of an idea. Unlike traditional silhouettes, some of the works included are more detailed, a practice which adds qualities of character and personality. Similarly, an artist’s choice of material can shape impressions of what is being depicted. For example, consider how shifting from colorful, textured figures represented in the jewelry of Joyce Scott to flat, black and white prints of fragmented figures by Michael Mazur expands ideas about the human condition or the body as a conveyor of meaning.

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Exhibition Notes

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Harold Altman, Kathleen Browne, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Robert W. Ebendorf, Jedd Garet, Terri Gelenian-Wood, Juan Genovés, Danielle Gori-Montanelli, Annette Zolin Hirsh, Judith Hoyt, Edwin Kalke, Jung-Hoo Kim, Esther Knobel, Keith Lo Bue, Michael Mazur, Bruce Metcalf, Frances Myers, Manuel Neri, John Piper, Joyce Scott, Christina Y. Smith, Anthony C. Stoeveken, Katharine Wood, Santos Zingale

Silhouette: Capturing the Human Form in Contemporary Prints and Art Jewelry

October 21, 2020 – January 23, 2021
Frances Myers
Summer Afternoon at Trocadero, ca.1975
Color etching, edition 7/25
23 5/8 x 19 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd

Artists have long been concerned with representing the human form—either as portrait, anonymous figure, imagined being, or something in between. By definition, silhouette refers to either a particular type of portrait comprised of the outline of a form that was popularized in the nineteenth century, or more generically, the outline of a mass, body, or form. The tradition of silhouette portraits, in addition to the metal figures that adorn the surface of Mary Giles’ works in the gallery adjacent to Silhouette, serve as inspiration for this look at the human form in contemporary prints and art jewelry.

While prints and jewelry may not seem like obvious partners for exploring the body, both can reflect the figure in two dimensions. Using different tools, media, and approaches, all of the artists represented in this exhibition explore how to best use the human form as either a compositional element, storytelling device, or representation of an idea. Unlike traditional silhouettes, some of the works included are more detailed, a practice which adds qualities of character and personality. Similarly, an artist’s choice of material can shape impressions of what is being depicted. For example, consider how shifting from colorful, textured figures represented in the jewelry of Joyce Scott to flat, black and white prints of fragmented figures by Michael Mazur expands ideas about the human condition or the body as a conveyor of meaning.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Exhibition Notes

Gallery of Work

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Harold Altman, Kathleen Browne, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Robert W. Ebendorf, Jedd Garet, Terri Gelenian-Wood, Juan Genovés, Danielle Gori-Montanelli, Annette Zolin Hirsh, Judith Hoyt, Edwin Kalke, Jung-Hoo Kim, Esther Knobel, Keith Lo Bue, Michael Mazur, Bruce Metcalf, Frances Myers, Manuel Neri, John Piper, Joyce Scott, Christina Y. Smith, Anthony C. Stoeveken, Katharine Wood, Santos Zingale

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors
Anonymous
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Windgate Foundation
Wisconsin Department of Administration

Diamond Sponsors
National Endowment for the Arts
Ruffo Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Anonymous
David Charak
Tom and Irene Creecy
David Flegel
Silver Sponsors
A. C. Buhler Family
Andis Foundation
Lucy G. Feller
Dorothy MacVicar
Bronze Sponsors
Andis Company
Tom and Jane Devine
David and Ellen Easley
Educators Credit Union
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Andrea and Tony Hauser
Angela Jacobi
Bill Keland
Knight Barry Title Group
Eric Koopmeiners and Lena Vigna

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