Carla Lobmier

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Art in the Corner Room

Scrolls, the format for my large-scale watercolor work painted on vellum, date back to ancient Egypt and precede bound books. Scrolling Confluence is a series of these watercolor pairs installed in Art in the Corner Room, Mid-Manhattan Library, NYC, January through May 2016. In the windows, one panel faces the street, while the other faces the interior, creating interplay between images that shift as the light shifts throughout the day. As the viewer moves clockwise facing 5th Avenue, imagery prompts a world narrative beginning with India and Egypt, continuing with Medieval manuscript illumination, the Renaissance, Japan and the final scrolls referencing the technologically-driven present. All the street-facing vellums are binary code messages with nods to the culture of the pair. While I am looking at the history of scrolls and books, the history of art images and the vocabulary of painting are also being filtered through my own painterly response.

In some ways it is indescribable, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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In some ways, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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So Many Wonders, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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So Many Wonders: Is timing everything?, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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Place to Place, Wandering Animal, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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Place to Place, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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Chiaroscuro World: Artful Beyond Measure, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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Chiaroscuro World, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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A poetry of sensibility, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2016

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An Imperceptible Place, watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2016

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I am almost there (interior), watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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I am almost there (exterior), watercolor/graphite on vellum, 13′x5′ 2015

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