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Jerald Melberg Gallery
625 S Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28211
Please join us for an opening reception for Roland Poska: Deckle Edge. This is the artist's inaugural exhibition with the gallery, who is now the sole representative of the artist's estate.
Press release for the exhibition:
JERALD MELBERG GALLERY TO INTRODUCE MASTER PAPER MAKER ROLAND POSKA WITH A SOLO EXHIBITION
September 15 – November 3, 2018
Jerald Melberg Gallery is proud to introduce the work of acknowledged master paper maker Roland Poska (1938-2017) in Deckle Edge, a solo exhibition of paintings, sculptures and prints. This will be Poska’s first exhibition in North Carolina and will include over thirty works from his four-decade career. The Gallery is publishing a full color catalogue with an essay by Grace Cote to accompany this exhibition, available digitally at https://cld.bz/imwAowu
and in print at the Gallery or by mail. Jerald Melberg Gallery is the exclusive representative of the Estate of Roland Poska.
Poska was a pioneer in the field of printmaking and papermaking and sought to extend and break the boundaries of his chosen medium. He landed on what he called “Papestries” or paper tapestries, which are featured in this exhibition.
His process involved preparing five-gallon buckets of moist cotton fibers mixed with pure powdered pigment to achieve his desired color palette. The texture of the paper pulp varied in consistency from apple sauce to bread dough. He laid handfuls onto plastic sheeting and added elements such as handmade sliced forms and coils. After drying, Poska would flip the panel over and reveal a flattened yet technicolor abstract composition. He would then assess and sometimes alter the surface by adding more pulp, peeling away or overpainting. A sizable work could take up to six months to complete. Many works consist of multiple panels with intentionally rough and unrefined edges, a nod to the signature deckled edges of handmade paper. Late in his career, he grew his oeuvre to include large sculptures, called Sentinels, made with a similar process. These were formed into three dimensional free-standing columns before completely drying.
Roland Poska was born in Scotland in 1938 and immigrated to Rockford, Illinois when he was a child. He received degrees from Rockford College and Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he was introduced to the mechanics of paper making. He later cofounded the Milwaukee School of Art and Design and taught there while simultaneously running a lithography print studio, Fishy Whale Press.
His work was the subject of over thirty solo exhibitions in his lifetime, including the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Illinois; Midwest Museum of Art, Elkhart, Indiana; Milwaukee Art Museum and The Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin. His works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Friday evening, September 14 from 6-8.
About Jerald Melberg Gallery:
Jerald Melberg Gallery was founded in 1983 and prides itself on enjoying a fine reputation based on years of honesty and integrity among our colleagues and collectors. We provide the professionalism, proper knowledge and expertise needed to place quality works of art in any public, private or corporate collection.
The gallery represents artists of such stature as Romare Bearden, the master American collagist of the twentieth century; Wolf Kahn, considered by many to be the premier living American landscape painter; and Robert Motherwell, one of the leaders of the American Abstract Expressionist movement.
Jerald Melberg Gallery is proud to have worked with numerous prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art and the Mint Museums, among many others.
Jerald Melberg Gallery is located at 625 South Sharon Amity Road near the intersection with Providence Road. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. For more information about the exhibition please contact the gallery at 704.365.3000. To view selected works online, visit the gallery website at jeraldmelberg.com.