“My art is animated by a responsibility to complicate and transform how we see, think and act in the world,” said artist Nicole Pietrantoni. “As an educator, this ethos has become increasingly urgent and complex in the face of ongoing climate change. Living in the Anthropocene, an era in which humans have become the main drivers of geologic and environmental change, I believe artists can help ask how we might act and see ourselves anew in this changed world.”
Pietrantoni’s work meshes printmaking, book arts and sculptural installations, and her series of accordion books present landscapes unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Mirroring our changing relationship with nature, her work is manipulated, folded, cut, complex and each work communicates a unique message to each viewer.
“We’ve presented two of Nicole’s artworks in the past, and they were both truly captivating pieces that drew the public in,” said Nancy Stoaks, Curator at the Kimball Art Center. “I love pieces like that–pieces that are so interesting that they demand a second and third longer look. We’re thrilled to be able to present this larger exhibition of her work, including an awe-inspiring 33-foot-long landscape created out of a series of unfolded accordion books.”
In addition to her exhibition, Pietrantoni will be hosting two workshops that allow guests to immerse themselves in her process, and explore a her unique accordion book creation style. The first class, Drumleaf Binding for Books, will be held on Thursday February 8, the second class, Folded Books, will be held Saturday February 10.
Pietrantoni’s exhibition will also be joined by the work of Fred Montague, who’s exhibit Wildness: Drawings and Prints by Fred Montague will be on display in our Cafe Gallery. With a background in printmaking and bookmaking, Montague’s strong focus on promoting environmental awareness through his work is the perfect complement to the Alas, Alack exhibition.
Both exhibitions open February 10, and will be on display through April 15. Exhibits are free and open to the public. You can learn more about Nicole Pietrantoni and Fred Montague on their websites.
ABOUT THE KIMBALL ART CENTER
For more than 40 years, the Kimball Art Center has inspired and connected the Park City community through art. The nonprofit center provides art education, free exhibitions and a variety of events to the public, including the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival that attracts more than 50-thousand people to Park City’s Historic Main Street. For more information on the KAC and its numerous community offerings and programs, please visit kimballartcenter.org. Art Starts Here™