Dawson Community College Gallery 126 is pleased to present the hand pulled fine art prints of Linda Whitney. Linda Whitney’s exhibit New Intaglios will be open to the public from Monday, February 28th through Friday, April 8th. Gallery 126 hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm, and evenings Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30 to 9 pm. Located in room 126 computer lab next to the library. For more information go to http://www.dawson.edu/arts/visual/gallery-126
The subject of Linda Whitney’s images is derived from a collage of childhood memories of fairytales and early television shows, or born from research of her Native American ancestors and cousins and the place where they collided with European peoples. Thematically Whitney’s complex images are connected, even though at first they may seem to trek off in two disparate directions, they spring from a similar place. Whitney is intrigued by the political ramification of these experiences. She is fascinated by the common thread - the way societies rich in embedded cultural belief systems, historically and contemporarily, structure the day upon ceremonies and rituals. She appropriates images and concepts from these various cultural fabrics, adds a bit of contemporary color, and weaves it all into her personal idea of a narrative darkened with contemporary political meaning.
Her complex narratives are realized in meticulously rendered full color intaglio or mezzotint printed on BFK Rives Heavyweight. In addition to the artistic creativity of the images themselves, each edition of these large prints involves considerable attention to detail, a substantial investment of time and physical strength, as well as technical expertise. The color intaglios consist of five plates each inked with a different color and printed in a dedicated order. The mezzotints are developed on plates hand rocked by the artist.
Linda Whitney is a printmaker, Professor of Art, and Chair of the Art Department at Valley City State University. She is the recipient of the 2002 North Dakota Council on the Arts Fellowship and the 1999 North Dakota Governor’s Award for the Arts. She is also a recipient of the Art Midwest / NEA Regional Fellowship Award and the Intermedia Arts Minnesota Interdisciplinary Arts Grant. Her work has been included in numerous regional, national and international exhibitions with the most recent being a traveling solo exhibition of mezzotints and color intaglios.