United States of America
Ann Kresge’s interests lie in expressing a sense of place through symbol, color and texture. Her artist books include flyable pages and an interactive shadow puppet theater. Her inter-artwork involves installations, video, stage sets and collaborations with improvisational musicians, poets and dancers.
My career as a professional artist has involved creating, exhibiting, collaborating, performing and teaching. My art begins in an interior place and spirals out to the viewers. My intent is that it resonates for them in both personal and universal ways.
Though my work is non-representational, it is both narrative and autobiographical. It chronicles life events and shares a sense of place based on my travels. I do this through pattern, color, form, texture and a mix of materials. I incorporate written and spoken text, sound and movement. I make artist books, prints, paintings, installations, constructions and video and collaborate with dancers and musicians. With roots in printmaking and book arts I employ approaches inherent to those media. I think in layers, series and sequence. Though expansive in my mix of materials, I am consistent in my artistic concerns. Through my explorations and resulting work I am interested in providing viewers the opportunity to make connections and discover their own narratives.
While at ´ace I will continue to explore the theme of Gathering Spaces. I intend to make prints and book structures expressing the concept of ideas and communities gathering. I feel this is important in the healing of a currently divisive world.
During a life of art making, I have expanded in my approaches and stayed true to my vision. I am compelled to make art and continue to apply my sensibility to new forms and media. I am interested in the power of art to invite viewers to discover their own stories through an aesthetic experience.
1957 | Wisconsin, USA
Currently Lives and works in Salem, Oregon.
BA in Studio Art at Smith College, Massachusetts, USA
MFA in Printmaking and Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, USA
2020 | Places, Remarque Galleries, Alnbuquerque, USA
2019 | Print Arts Northwest Exhibition, Fairbank Gallery, Oregon, USA
2019 | PASSAGE: Women’s Art Caucus, Niza Knoll Gallery, Colorado, USA
2018 | Ann Kresge, Solo Exhibit, Atelier 6000, Oregon, USA
2017 | Uniting Spaces, Art Center East, LaGrande, Oregon, USA
The National Museum of Women In The Arts, Washington DC, USA
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
New York Public Library, US Library of Congress
Art Institute of Chicago
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2004 | Artlife Latinoamericano, Mexico
1998 | Mac Dowell Colony, USA
1983 | Atelier 17, Paris, France
Exhibitions, Open Studio
Almost as an architect, Ann plays and invents endless structures while creating her artist books. Ann absorbed colors, shapes and textures that came across her during her tours of Buenos Aires, and she presented them at the July 2018 ´aceNITE.
Gathering Spaces is a one-of-a-kind artist book which consists of collagraph and a slit concertina binding structure. The conceptual base is the creation of a contemplative space. The intent of the artist is for the viewer to reflect upon the act of gathering; formally as in the gathering of materials, paper and folds, and conceptually as in the gathering of communities.
FLow is a one-of-a-kind artists book incorporating collagraph and the composite binding structure of the double concertina. The conceptual base of the book is the interaction of the elements: water, air and earth moving into and through each other. The artist’s intent is that the viewer investigates the book by visually traveling through its architecture and in doing so discovers the interactions of its elements.
Artists in Dialogue
Color: Africa was a very special night with five women artists presenting their very powerful pieces. Its name comes from the fact that Africa was present through its colors and its geopolitical and social history in two important exhibitions.
Mariela Yeregui (Argentina) presented “Just a Face”, an installation simultaneously spread in the Dialogue Space and the Central Hall. Based on the technique of African wax-dyed textiles, the proposal displays a series of fabrics that shaped an installation to reflect on the Rwandan genocide. The work is also imbued with the own experiences of the artist who, simultaneously with the historical events, was residing in West Africa.
In dialogue with the vibrant colors of Mariela’s fabrics, the Polyglot Room was occupied by “Map of an Identity” an exhibition by Maritza Dávila produced during her second residency with us (the first was in 2011). As an artist of color born in Puerto Rico (but who emigrated to the United States since her college days and now based in Memphis), Maritza reflects on her triple Taino, Spanish and African identity. The artist seeks to amplify voices that have been largely ignored but are in fact and deed contributing to the changing demographic and cultural dynamic of the contemporary world.
In addition, Ann Kresge (United States, an exquisite artist bookmaker) displayed in the workshop several artist books made during her residency with us. Ann has been a member of the famous Woman Studio Workshop in New York and her works are at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the MET in New York and the Getty Center in California. The exhibitions included as well Canadian artist Chloe Charce´s lighting installations. Finally, Lucía Sancinetti´s ethereal works, in the Transversal Space, were selected in the 2018 Semillero Program for Argentine emerging artists.