Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Repose Revisited" at Wilderstein Historic Site

Repose Revisited  locust logs, metal leaf, crocheted wire   dimensions variable   View 1

Repose Revisited   View 2

I use wood from the Widlerstein site to create “Repose Revisited”. The wood is from a locust tree that had been growing in front of the Wilderstein home for many decades, perhaps centuries. The tree bore witness to the changing landscape and people who inhabit it. This sculpture allows the cut tree to continue to be a part of its original environment, for a time, taking in more of the environs and exuding the history contained therein.

I arrange the locust logs to at first appear as if they are randomly fallen. The viewer happens upon the work as an unexpected cache and discovers the logs are deliberately placed and significantly altered. The scars and flaws in the wood have been embellished and celebrated with gold leaf and crocheted wire. The cut ends have a patina of metal leaf emphasizing their shape. 

Locust is considered to be a strong wood which is very resistant to decay. It is said that locust lasts “one year less than stone”. Although a strong wood, the original tree had been dying from age and disease and had to be felled. The passage of time and the effects of weather continue to act on the sculpture constantly and gradually changing it. “Repose Revisited” celebrates history, the passage of time, imperfection and mortality.

4th Outdoor Sculpture Biennial

Come see 18 amazing sculptures gracing Wilderstein's landscape by a diverse group of Hudson Valley artists. Curated by FRANC PALAIA, work on display encompasses a wide range of styles and mediums. The show will be open to the public daily, 9am to 4pm, June 3 through October 31. 
Featured Artists:

 About Wilderstein
Wilderstein Historic Site is a house museum in Rhinebeck, New York. The estate, with its exquisite Queen Anne mansion and Calvert Vaux designed landscape, is widely regarded as the Hudson Valley's most important example of Victorian architecture. Tours, gift shop, hiking trails, and spectacular Hudson River views.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sown, Shorn, Sewn in "100! Celebrating Women's Suffrage"

Sown, Shorn, Sewn  site specific installation-sheep wool, fabric bowls, wire  60"x38"x12"

Sown, Shorn, Sewn  detail
March 2017 at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon New York, curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis

Thursday, December 1, 2016

"His Eyes Were So Blue" at Betsy Jacaruso Gallery

 L -"He Said Compassion"        R -"Belle Dress"

"Sound of Wind"
"He Said Compassion"

"Murmuration"  detail
Installing "Heart and Lungs"
"Heart and Lungs"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

"His Eyes Were So Blue" At Betsy Jacaruso Gallery

Opening Reception October 15, 5-7 pm

The Betsy Jacaruso Gallery is pleased to present “His Eyes Were So Blue”, an exhibition of sensuous, lightweight installations by Mimi Czajka Graminski.
 Her installations are inspired by materials that evoke a sense of gravity, invisible air, and shadow play—such as, delicate fabric, translucent paper, and airy wool. She says, “I see my studio as a laboratory where I collect disparate specimens and then manipulate and transform them, sometimes contrasting them with unlikely pairing”. The exhibition  “His Eyes Were So Blue” includes works where the shadow appears more solid than the physical media, and the appearance of fragility is contrasted by inherent strength. Graminski relates these qualities to the intersection of feminism and femininity—“where strength and delicacy exist on the same plane."
We will host an opening reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, October 15th, from 5-7pm.
The show will remain on view through the month of October. 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"But Today is Different" A Collaboration with Poet Sarah Stern at Joyce Goldstein Gallery

Sarah Stern and I are continuing our collaboration of poetry and sewn drawings in a new exhibit at Joyce Goldstein Gallery. Sarah will be featuring work form her book But Today is Different, (Wipf and Stock Publishers), as well as three new poems. I will have several new thread on linen drawings.

In speaking about how we arrived at our pairings, we started in a very literal sense—the colors and shapes and how there was an almost magnetic pull between the art forms. But then inevitably the conversation would go beyond that connection, to the very experiences that shaped the pieces and poems—the natural world, on being a woman in mid-life, family, on losing parents, on jobs, bonfires, and so much more. To us, these matchings feel personal and political, and the process by which they came together, deeply mysterious and humbling.

The exhibit at the Hammond Museum also continues until September.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Behold the Moon" at the Hammond Museum

The Opening at the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY.

Monday, May 16, 2016

"Behold the Moon" at the Hammond Museum

I will be exhibiting two new wall installations. Image detail below.

Mimi Czajka Graminski Image: "Waning" detail,  fabric, wool 

''Behold the Moon'' an art exhibit to celebrate the Hammond Museum's 50th Anniversary of Moon Viewing - curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis.
 Opening Reception: Saturday June 11, 1-3PM
 Exhibit: June 8September 17, 2016
 Hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 12 Noon to 4PM
 Location: Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden
                   28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY.
 Museum Tel: 914 - 669 - 5033,
North Salem NY - This year Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden is celebrating its 50th anniversary of Moon Viewing. The Annual Moon Viewing Concert (August 20) at the Hammond Museum is a tradition that was begun by the founder Natalie Hays Hammond in 1966. The elegant custom of eating, drinking, listening to music, and writing poetry while watching the moon, has been performed devotedly since the Tang Dynasty in China (618-906) and started in Japan in the middle of the Hein period (794-1192). To commemorate the event the Hammond Museum has asked Bibiana Huang Matheis to curate an art exhibit “Behold the Moon” to accompany the celebration.  The Exhibit will be on view for 3 months (June 8 to September 17). Bibiana Huang Matheis has invited 13 well established artists from the Hudson Valley, Connecticut, Long Island and NewYork City to participate in this multimedia art show. Included in this contemporary art exhibit, to honor an ancient tradition, are 8 site-specific installations. Artists are Carla Goldberg, Chuck von Schmidt, Eda, Eleni Smolen, Elizabeth MacDonald, Harry White, Illse Schreiber-Noll, Karen Fitzgerald, Leslie Pelino, Lisa Breznak, Lori Robeau, Mimi Czajka Graminski and Pam Smilow. The resulting art exhibit is a seamless flow of contemporary, contemplative visual poetry - Behold the Moon at the Hammond.