Solo Exhibition: The Magical Land of No
June 24 - July 29 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
Artist Statement and Bio
Tate Klacsmann remains steadfast in the belief that the traditional arts are not really dead. He makes mixed media collages that uphold his faith in beauty and precision over efficiency. Each living thing, first carved as a linocut print, then receives individual attention with the addition of paint, ink, and color pencil. These carefully rendered creatures and plants become characters in flat, patterned landscapes. The discrepancy between organic and non-naturalistic elements contributes to a sense of unease about discovering beautiful life forms in unsettling places.
His collage, "Nocturne #1" received the 2014 Medal of Honor in Mixed Media and Walinska Memorial Award from the National Association of Women Artist, and he was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition held by the National Portrait Gallery.
He completed a certificate in Green Printmaking - intaglio at Zea Mays Printmaking, an MFA at Johnson State College with the Vermont Studio Center, Masters of Art History at the University of Glasgow and Christie’s Education, and BA at Yale University. His work is included in the flat files and archives of Zea Mays Printmaking. He has been an artist resident at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Women’s Studio Workshop.
I'm very excited that my etching, "Lady Justice" will be included in an international juried exhibition opening this month at the Aberystwyth School of Art in Wales in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Baldwin Ink Ground (B.I.G.) a revolutionary material in non-toxic printmaking. The exhibition, "Breaking New Ground," on view from October 10 - November 18, was organized by B.I.G.'s inventor, Andrew Baldwin of Trefeglwys Print Studios to highlight the variety and richness of prints made using B.I.G. from around the world.