Easton, PA (PRWEB) June 21, 2006
Artist and printmaker Robert Craig is featured in a one-man show, “The Printed Landscape,” at Connexions Gallery in Easton, PA. The show that contains block prints of the Lehigh Valley runs from June 15 – July 31, 2006. An artist talk will be given at the gallery on Sunday, July 9, at 2:00PM.
Mr. Craig is a self-taught artist who currently resides in Easton, PA. But, Craig gives credit to his hometown roots in Piscataway, NJ and The Printmaking Council of NJ for helping build his interest in all things art related. “New Jersey is where I grew up and will always feel like home to me. Its proximity to New York City, museums, and galleries give it a cultural pulse and make it an ideal home for artists. The Printmaking Council has been a wonderful place for a person like myself who has chosen an alternative path into the arts.”
Craig says about this body of work, “While I was out drawing one day I was approached by a elderly woman in a car. I was worried that she thought I might be drawing up a diagram to rob the local houses or I was stalking someone nearby. As she rolled down her window I was prepared to defend myself and assure her I was of no harm. Before I could utter a word of explanation she tersely asked if I was a developer. When I informed her of my intent and vocation she warmed up and began to tell me a brief history of the area . I came to find out that the farm I was drawing was land her and her husband had planned to buy when they got married but somehow for reasons I’ve forgotten, the sale fell through.
Her stories were interesting and she sat in her idling car for more than a half a hour sharing her history and passion for the region. I came to understand the love we have for the land. How I watched my hometown change in just twenty years and now how the Lehigh valley is changing as well. A change everyone feels and seems none of us can stop.
Considering time is an ever-present theme in my work it seems only fitting that I’ve chosen to focus on landscape for the past six years. Except for our bodies the land is the surest benchmark for measuring the past to the present in our outside environment. Just watching the farms getting eaten up by homes tells a story of lost and future cultures. The dots we connect between these two societies generate a time line that gives us our sense of origin and destination.
I tried to record both senses in my prints. Sharing an interest for both the future and forgotten. I’ve watched open spaces get paved over by the blight of urban progress while looking for the islands of green left behind. I’ve attempted to capture the beauty in the sublime and ordinary. The things we pass by every day in our cars on our way home from work. The fallen down factories and decaying bridges, overpasses and country roads.
All these environs make up our communities and give us our perception of past and present. I hope “The Printed Landscape” will remind us of all the things that are still left to cherish and lose.”
Additional information about Robert Craig can be obtained by contacting the gallery at 610.250.7627, by logging onto http://www.robertcraigfineart.com or by contacting the artist at his studio at (610) 258-9230.