Portfolio by Gravers Lane Gallery is a bi-monthly resource designed exclusively for the art consultant, interior design, and architect community. We specialize in Contemporary 2 & 3 dimensional works, with a strong emphasis on materials and studio craft practices. Our associates are trained studio artists well versed in handling site specific private and public commissions, managing client/arts consultations and supervising professional art transport, handling and installation.
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Highlight: Barbara Straussberg
Barbara Straussberg
“Joomchi/Trees Nine”
Handmade Hanji Paper and Paper Lithograph Print and Collage
24″h x 18″w
Barbara Straussberg
“Joomchi/Large Trees Six”
Handmade Hanji Paper, Paper Lithograph Print
and Collage
33″h x 23″w
Barbara Straussberg is an abstract painter and has been a professional artist for twenty years. She has exhibited her work nationally in galleries and museums including the Woodmere Art Museum, the Lawrence Gallery at Rosemont College, and Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers. Her acrylic paintings are included in numerous private and corporate collections such as Fox Rothschild, Brandywine Realty Company, and Workplace Environment. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a Distinction in Art History, and studied painting and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her studio is located in the Norristown Arts Building, a vibrant collective of artists’ studios and galleries.
In describing her work, Straussberg says: “As an artist, my materials and how I use them, are the essence of my art. I am always looking for new ways to apply the paint. Painting and drawing work in unison to form a complete and truthful painting. The act of painting is a personal journey to find out how I can more fully express my response to my surroundings. Subconsciously, I draw from nature and the world around me to record in a personal language what I see and feel through paint. Color is my primary form of expression, but I also rely on line, form, surface texture, pattern and collage.
Most recently, I’ve been exploring a new form of paperwork called Joomchi. Joomchi is an ancient Korean paper-manipulating technique where the artist works layers of Hanji paper together while wet to form one sheet of paper. In my Joomchi pieces, I layer my own lithographic prints of photographs from nature and embed them in the Hanji paper. I roll the paper with my hands, feet & arms to both bind the paper fibers together and open up the paper to create transparency. Additional fragments of paper lithographs are incorporated into the layers using a collage technique. I approach Joomchi from a painterly background. My focus is on the potential of the paper to reveal the printed image underneath and provide visual interest through texture, lace and line.”
ArtShow with Barbara Straussberg
Current Exhibition: Lewis Knauss
Lewis Knauss
Woven, knotted / reed, waxed linen, linen
Lewis Knauss
“Noon Reflected”
Woven, collage / linen, hemp, acrylic paint, foil paper
Saturday, May 1 – June13, 2021
From of his youth in rural Macungie, Pennsylvania, an impulsive trip to Egypt, months-long
stays in New Mexico and Cape Cod, to his home in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, recollection of place is Mr Knauss’s subject matter. He states being “increasingly conscious of how we create feelings of comfort from familiar places, the textile medium became my medium for expressing ideas about the importance of landscape.”
Winter fields, summer grasses, accumulations of reeds after a storm, and the scarring of a fire-charred landscape are points of inspiration for Knauss’s work. Using natural materials along with paint, beads, and wire, his meditative weavings are a visual diary of changing environments on a micro scale. Like the repeated walks that inspired them, his process of assembly is a time consuming one. Through intricately woven fibers, barely perceptible, perfectly spaced dots of paint, carefully tied and repeated knots, he patiently manipulates each successive layer, managing the spaces in-between, illuminating them, allowing them to breathe. Knauss transforms bundles of natural materials into intricately complex woven works of art. He notes, “I hope to reward the viewer’s scrutiny with a more intimate awareness of landscape, a reminder that time passes quickly and we should not rush through our lives, unaware of its cycles of destruction and renewal.”
Mr. Knauss received a BFA from Philadelphia University (Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science), Philadelphia, PA and an MFA fromTyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Mr Knauss is a Fellow of the American Craft Council, a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Craft Fellowship, he received a Lindbach Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania and is Professor Emeritus, Moore College of Art and Design.
Selected collections and exhibition venues: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania (Fiber Art from the Permanent Collection); Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania (solo exhibit); Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Finnish Museum of Art and Design (Wood of the World); Zoelner Arts Center Gallery, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Natural Elements: Sculptural Expressions); Museum of Design, Helsinki, Finland; American Craft Museum, New York, New York; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California (Dorothy Saxe Invitational: New Works/Old Story: 80 Artists at the Passover Table); Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas; Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Ledgers, solo exhibition); Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. (Miniature Fiber Arts, traveling exhibition); Musée des Décoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland (2nd International Exhibition of Miniature Textiles, traveling exhibition).
New Arrivals
Joh Ricci
“Spring From Darkness”
Knotting, Needle-Weaving, Hand Bead Weaving
(Artist Dyed Nylon Thread)
Nylon Cord,Japanese Glass Seed Beads
12″h x 6″d
Joh Ricci
‘Varietal Blend’
Knotting – Rayon & Cotton Novelty Cord, Nylon Thread
6″h x 6″d
Inspiration: Pittsburgh Exhibition
Out Of The Funk exhibition.
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Located in the historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Gravers Lane Gallery represents the finest in Contemporary Crafts, Painting, and Sculpture. With an emphasis on Contemporary 2 & 3D Textile and Fiber Art, one-of-a-kind Jewelry, Studio Furniture, Ceramics, and Mixed Media Art, Gravers Lane remains one of the last galleries representing the spectrum of Studio Crafts in the United States.
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Gravers Lane Gallery | 8405 Germantown AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19118