Evan Summer: Unknown Landscapes
April 18th, 2013 - September 7th, 2013
The structure poised at dock's end in Evan Summer's The Return seems both a presence and an absence. Landforms in the image seem alive, reaching upward to touch the dock. This mutability of forms, the sense of flux and slightly ominous possibility it creates, is one strain of Summer's work. He is accomplished in etching, drawing and collagraph-a printmaking technique involving a collaged plate-as well as collage. Summer brings to his images of landscapes, architecture, and animal and insect forms a background in science, an interest in mathematical perspective, and an experimental approach to printmaking. But the scientific precision he achieves in his work is put into service of the more ineffable aims of the artist: "Interiors and landscapes reflect a history," Summer says. "Things have been built and events have occurred in these places; now the abandoned structures are the only sign of human presence. They are about time and change and conflict-conflict between human creation and the forces of nature. I feel a sense of mystery even though I created these pictures." In 1993 Summer was elected to the National Academy of Design, an honor held by only 320 living American artists and architects. He has exhibited in, and won, major competitions around the world including in Beijing, Krakow, and Fredrikstad, Norway. His work is in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the National Gallery of Art. Summer is currently professor of art at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he has taught printmaking since 1984.
Image: Evan Summer, The Return, collage on panel with oil, acrylic, graphite and pastel, 2011, 40 x 30". Image courtesy of artist.