Printmaking became a focus in Karin Bruckner’s work in 2006. She found the medium a congenial way of creating art given her professional background in architecture. Its unique combination of creative flow and process requires a structured, sequenced way of thinking in layers, shapes and colors not unlike architectural plans. Printmaking has allowed Karin to gradually make her way from the strictures of architecture to a looser form of creative expression, while engaging all of Karin’s artistic and design skills. Over the years, constant experimentation has propelled Karin’s unique monoprints from a graphic into a more painterly direction, incorporating paper lithography, etching, collagraph, chine collé and viscosity techniques to achieve thoroughly embedded and complexly layered visual landscapes of considerable depth. Karin’s work is process driven, responding to the materials and techniques at hand, resulting in a widely varied yet distinctive portfolio.
At the core of the dialogue between the artist and the work is an attempt to push the medium to its limits, straddling the lines between printmaking, drawing, painting and collage in an authentically mixed media way. Printmaking carries with it the element of surprise and the inevitability of the “happy accident” which Karin credits for immensely expanding her artistic sensibilities. The work evolves and resides in the space created by Pull and Push and has led to a consummate Work on Paper practice that encompasses cutting, sewing, felting and repurposing from small intimate works to larger scale explorations. Karin borrows the term of 'site specificity' for her approach in that the conversation, the materials and the parameters lead to a unique and distinct solution for each individual piece. The narrative develops along the way. She lets the work lead the way to where it needs to go, which often incorporates and comments on the particular moment in time we find ourselves in.
As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: "2021."
We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.