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Nancy McIntyre - May 2016

Nancy McIntyre, “Rhythms of Time”
Exhibit dates: Wednesday, May 4–Sunday, June 5
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 12 6:30–8:00 pm
Silkscreen demonstration in the Gallery: Sunday, May 22, 2:00 pm

"Sky and Trees," silkscreen.

View this exhibit online.
Learn more about Nancy's silkscreen process.

Nancy McIntyre’s silkscreens and paintings “treasure the local, the small-scale, the eccentric, the ordinary.” The artwork in her solo show, "Rhythms of Time," focuses on different scenes and subjects over varying periods of time—from five minutes to four decades. The silkscreen printing process is particularly suited to McIntyre’s focus on the passage of time: some of her more complicated pieces are comprised of as many as 150 layers and take up to one year to complete.

“Our lives are lived and measured in overlapping rhythms of time. Every day has its patterns and rituals, some of them peculiar to ourselves and some we share with everyone else. Sun rises, sun sets. We move, we think, we eat, we sleep. Seasons change. Many of us love the rhythm of these daily and annual cycles, as they help orient us through our own life cycle.” 

Each series in McIntyre’s exhibit examines how a place or subject evolves over a set period of time:

Five minutes: A friend’s old pet crow hopped about striking poses for McIntyre as she took photographs. These silkscreens depict the crow’s five-minute journey.

One day: In her latest series of silkscreens, McIntyre explores how the light and air evolved in the sky on one cool January day in rural Delaware. She took photographs for reference, and then tried to recreate “how the light hit, how the air felt,” the moment she was there.

Five years: McIntyre compares two art deco storefronts in Takoma Park, MD (a restaurant and cleaners) as they looked in 1994 and 1999 in this series of reflection-filled paintings. Changes to the cleaners are subtle, whereas the restaurant is almost unrecognizable.

Four decades:
These silkscreens show the cycles McIntyre’s work has gone through over the course of the last four decades. Reflections on storefront windows are a reoccurring theme for McIntyre. “Windows and porches­—public edges of private lives—are the subjects I return to most often.”

McIntyre prints all of her own editions. She uses hand-painted and hand-drawn stencils, building up many layers of transparent ink. It typically takes her up to 50-100 layers (separate printings onto each copy) to bring each silkscreen to life.

Nancy McIntyre has been silkscreen printing since she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1972. Her intricate work has been exhibited throughout the US in galleries and museums, and is held in numerous public and private collections. She has been teaching silkscreen printing at The Art League since 1997 and is an exhibiting member of The Art League.


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Sunday: 12:00 noon-6:00 pm

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