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Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery proudly presents Fractal Landscape, Re-constructions from Tuscany, the Hudson Valley and South America, by Rimer Cardillo, May 11 – June 17. The exhibition is comprised of woodcuts and mixed media unique works on paper. A reception for the artist is Saturday, May 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.

A world-renowned printmaker and installation artist, Rimer Cardillo celebrates the ancient art of the woodcut and fuses it with modern photographic technology, silk-screens and drawing. His mixed media works incorporate imagery of his Hudson Valley pond and estancias of South America—fusing the natural world of his home in the United States with his native Uruguay. His woodcuts visit and revisit the hills of La Loggia, Tuscany, worked in state proofs (a valuable commodity for collectors) until finalized for the edition.

The exhibition, curated by gallery director Zoe Randall, plays on the idea of serial art, highlighting subtle variations in seemingly alike imagery, reworkings that require close scrutiny to observe. This presentation suggests the second guessings or aesthetic reconsiderations that are a large part of Cardillo’s process, yet in a much more accessible manner than the workings of the artist’s mind. It brings to mind the relationship between kataphatic language (the language of affirmation)  and apophatic language (the language of second guessing or negation) that critic Katie Ford notes in Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry, for example: how the more closely Bishop’s imagery examines something, the more it tends to escape what the image has just made of it. These are the “fractal landscapes” of Cardillo, a world where, borrowing from Ford, “visibility is poor” and the political ever present,
Rimer Cardillo received an M.F.A. from the National School of Fine Arts in Uruguay in 1968, and studied in Germany at the Weissenssee School of Art and Architecture in Berlin and the Leipzig School of Graphic Arts.

He has had solo exhibitions throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States and has participated in group exhibitions and important print biennials all over the world, from Europe and the United States to South Africa, and the Far East.  His work is in museums and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York; the Chicago Art Institute; an the Tate Modern in London.

Chace-Randall Gallery is located at 49 Main Street, Andes. Gallery Hours: Friday - Sunday and Holiday Mondays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 676-4901 or visit chacerandallgallery.com.