CAROL WAX-SHADOWPLAY
September 15th-November 25th, 2006


The Museum Herakleidon presented the exhibition, Carol Wax-Shadowplay with 100 works from the museum's collection.

Carol Wax, born in 1953, in New York City, is an internationally recognized artist who has worked both on paper and on canvas, but is best known for her mezzotint engravings. Her prints are in numerous museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Museum of American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and The Boston and New York Public Libraries.

Honors include: 1987 and 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Artist's Fellowships; Concordia Career Advancement Award, 2004; The American Academy of Arts and Letters Louise Nevelson Award for Printmaking, 1994; residencies at The Mac Dowell Colony (1986) and Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation's Space Program (1996-97); and over thirty prizes in international competitions.

In addition to mezzotint workshops and lectures presented throughout the country, she has been on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, and The State University of New York at New Paltz. Carol Wax is also the author of The Mezzotint: History and Technique, considered the definitive work on the subject and published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in 1990, and in soft cover in 1996.

An exhibition catalog, a bilingual edition (Greek-English) was also published by the museum.

Carol Wax was also present for a series of lectures during which she demonstrated the technique of mezzotint engraving:
- Saturday 16/9 17:30-19:00 Mezzotint engraving demonstration with audience participation.
- Sunday 17/9 12:00-13:30 Mezzotint Workshop 
- Tuesday 19/9 19:00 Lecture: "Mezzotint engraving: history of an art form".
- Thursday 21/9 19:00 Lecture: "Parallel perspectives in pencil,
pastel, paint and print".
- Friday 22/9 18:00-19:30 Mezzotint Workshop
- Saturday 23/9 17:30-19:00 Mezzotint engraving demonstration with
audience participation.


Artist statement

"My images of commonplace objects reflect my personal experience of the ordinary as extraordinary. Most people rarely think about the "stuff" that takes up space in our lives but, to me, even the most ordinary items seem magical. I often depict old instruments, mechanical devices, and fabric because their repetitive patterns create rhythms of light, shadow, and form that can be manipulated to convey my phantasmagorical perceptions. The ability to achieve dramatic lighting effects through the mezzotint engraving process makes it the ideal medium for rendering the typewriters, sewing machines, electric fans, movie projectors, and other objects I often use as subjects in my images. In depicting mechanical objects from past eras as icons, whose functions are now forgotten, their forms are transformed into art. Although my style may be categorized as representational in the nature morte tradition, to me still-life doesn't mean dead weight. By portraying my subjects transcending their status as lifeless objects I strive to depict the anima in the inanimate".

The techniques of Carol wax have been compared to those of M.C. Escher. Visitors to the museum had the opportunity to compare the Shadowplays that are so unique to the mezzotint process. In the permanent M.C. Escher Room of the museum, along with other rare works being exhibited, the museum had on display its entire collection of M.C. Escher mezzotints.

Important Note: The Museum Herakleidon is one of the three holders of a complete set of mezzotints made by M.C. Escher (eight in total) and the only museum in the world that is exhibiting them simultaneously to the public.

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Annex: 37 Apostolou Pavlou Str , Thissio, 118 51, Αthens, Greece, T: 211 012 6486, E: annex@herakleidon-art.gr