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Polly Apfelbaum

Nature Pops!
Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5

Polly Apfelbaum, Love Alley 4, 2012, woodblock print on Hiromi handmade paper, 32” x 68”. Printed and published by Durham Press. Image courtesy of Durham Press and the artist.

Known for her colorful, dyed fabric pieces displayed directly on the gallery floor, Polly Apfelbaum has collaborated for more than a decade with Durham Press, a print workshop in Bucks County, PA, to create woodblock monoprints. Together, the artist and printmakers have developed a unique process for flower prints like Love Alley 4, which involves translating Apfelbaum’s doodles drawn on acetate into woodblock forms. She arranges the individual blocks intuitively on the sheet of paper, and each blossom shape is printed in pure, unmodulated colors. The vibrant field of her cartoon-like flowers deliver the eye-catching zip of Andy Warhol’s screen prints, while exhibiting the graphic quality of textile designs and consumer products. Apfelbaum has also been experimenting with abstract stripes made by using rollers to ink blocks with gradations of fluorescent colors, as in Byzantine Rocker 6. “In my work,” the artist has said, “abstraction has always been related to Pop. The stripes [are] Pop stalks to the Pop flowers.”

Apfelbaum started making her first monoprints with Durham Press in 2003. Her flower and stripe woodblock prints have been shown widely, including in exhibitions at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY; Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY; and the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin. Apfelbaum has had recent solo exhibitions at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Worcester Art Museum, MA; Kunstgalerie, Bonn, Germany; D’Amelio Gallery, New York, NY; and Frith Street Gallery, London, England. She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art.

Polly Apfelbaum, Byzantine Rocker 6, 2014, woodblock print on Hiromi handmade paper, 24” x 37”. Printed and published by Durham Press. Image courtesy of Durham Press and the artist.


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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.