After hearing Ani Kavafian and Mihae Lee’s recital of September 25, 2008 in Chapin Hall (reviewed here), Joanna Gabler felt inspired, especially by their playing of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata. She went to her studio after the concert and began a series of mixed media drawings which recreate the impression the Ms Kavafian and Ms Lee’s playing of the sonata made on her that evening. The works, which involve a complex monoprint-like process created with water-soluble oils enriched by pen, pencil, and pastel overdrawings on layers of a very thin, semi-transparent paper and superimposed on a white background with an archival matte acrylic medium, took some time to complete, but they capture the immediacy of her experience in the concert hall.
All nine works are currently on view in Joanna Gabler’s exhibition, Painting Music and More, in David and Joyce Milne Public Library in Williamstown, which will remain so until March 31. Her digital images from nature are concurrently on view at the Brill Gallery in North Adams as part of Artists without Borders, an exhibition of three woman artists in which Anita Rydygier from Canada is also showing her gouache and ink drawings and Rieko Fujinami from Japan is showing her Film Drawings and Fresco Seccos.