Turner Museum to Present Architecture-inspired Prints
for "Space Form Light" Exhibition, Oct. 1-Nov. 4

Promo Photo Images to the right are of some of the prints that will be featured in the exhibition. To see a larger version, click on the image.

The Turner’s upcoming exhibition, Space Form Light: Architecture in Print, is not simply an exhibition of artworks featuring buildings in them. Rather it is a response of printmakers to the aesthetics of buildings and the original artists/architects that created them.

Space Form Light: Architecture in Print will be presented by the School of the Arts October 1-November 4 in the Turner Print Museum Gallery, located in Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus. A curator’s talk and reception takes place Thursday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during scheduled exhibitions.

Exhibition co-curator Catherine Sullivan said that for a long period of history architects and artists were considered one and the same. It was only during the Industrial Revolution that the perceived roles of artists and architects changed.

“The first century AD Roman artist/architect Vitruvius said a good building should demonstrate durability, utility and beauty,” noted Sullivan. “This exhibition references the artistic impact of architecture interpreted by a visual artist/printmaker in two-dimensional space. What distinguishes art in architecture is not only the vision to create, but what Vitruvius meant when he said ‘beauty should evoke feelings of delight and inspiration.’”

Inspired by Italian artists/architects Andrea Palladio and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Space Form Light demonstrates in a graphic manner what separates architecture from the notion that it is merely the creation of a functional building.

The works selected from The Turner’s 3500-plus collection of prints for this exhibition share in common similar compositional elements with architecture.

“Art and architecture often begin with two-dimensional renderings, progress to another technique and can again have a second visual experience again in two-dimensions. This multilayered realization expands the vision of the original as it explores a third relationship with the viewer.”

Sullivan went on to explain that Space Form Light will allow the viewer to develop a personal relationship to the purpose and experience of the built form.

“In viewing the observation created by another artist the viewer is encouraged to visually explore familiar architecture with an artist’s eye ‑‑ how surface captures light, how window reveal interiors while reflecting exteriors and how mass can be solid or fluid.”

The exhibition will include print works from a number of different mediums -- lithography, etching, collagraphy and screen printing

“Each different technique contributes unique graphic artistic appeal to this exhibition,” noted Sullivan.

Several artists whose work are in the exhibition, including those by CSU, Chico art professor James Kuiper, pay tribute to Palladio by echoing what the great Venice architect was best known for -- delicate ornamentation. Another print in the exhibition, by English artist Henry Moore, gives architectural monumentality with human figures that do not reference specific personalities. A work by Peter Milton delicately captures floating architectural forms in ambiguous space interacting with a human population. And an etching by the artist/architect Piranesi -- “whose careful depictions are a launching point for invention and fantasy,” said Sullivan -- shines a spotlight on the artistic technique of dramatic perspective.

Also included in the exhibition are collagraphs, prints made in a collage manner, by local artist Nancy Scott Patton that present building ornaments as treasured relics.

Sullivan shared curator duties for this exhibition with CSU, Chico Department of Art and Art History professor Rouben Mohiuddin. Mohiuddin has a degree in architecture as well as twelve years of professional practice as an architect in New York and Los Angeles; go to www.designsi.net to view his architecutal services website. He currently teaches in the Interior Design area at Chico State. As a child of a diplomat Mohiuddin experienced some of the world’s greatest architecture first hand, noted Sullivan.

“As the co-curator he deeply understands the architect’s aesthetic vision and its translation to built form through the two-dimensional process.”

A select number of prints from the Turner Print Museum collection that expand on the Space Form Light exhibition will be displayed in the Ayres Hall first floor cases on the CSU, Chico campus.

For more information on the exhibition, call Sullivan at 898-4476 or visit www.janetturner.org. Groups and classes can go online to make arrangements for visits to The Turner, including visits outside the public viewing hours. The website has a section for class applications for docent tours and related activities. This form should be submitted prior to the visit to ensure a productive and educational experience for the class.

The Turner is located in the Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus, adjacent to the Valene L. Smith Anthropology Museum. Parking is available near the Meriam Library on nearby Chico streets and also at adjacent Chico State parking lots.


Inside Chico State article on Professor Mohiuddin
Chico News & Review article on Professor Mohiuddin
Preview story on Space Form Light in the Chico Enterprise-Record


While Space Form Light is being shown, a print by Enrique Chagoya, “Illegal Alien's Guide to the Concept of Relative Surplus Value," will be on display in the lobby of The Turner. The print, a recent purchase by The Turner, honors local art collector Reed Applegate, the 2012 Turner Prize recipient. More information.

The Janet Turner Print Museum is part of the School of the Arts at CSU, Chico. To see a video of art exhibitions presented during 2012-2013 by The Turner and University Art Gallery please visit http://bit.ly/Pvz2HH.