Tonality

 

a solo art exhibit by Becky Koenig

Exhibit on display through November 28th, 2020

Viewing days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 5-6pm

Free Admission

Artist Statement 

After many years of making paintings, in recent years I have turned to drawing as my primary medium. Most of the exhibited works entail ink drawing, either as the sole medium or layered over a base of watercolor. The theme behind Tonality is the link between sound and vision; the concept of visual patterns that are based on sound. Some images are based on historical experiments that transcribed sounds into specific configurations, other patterns are invented and some created from natural forms.

 

The common thread in all of these works is the idea of overlaying images, marks and materials over one another. I am interested in: making two or more images visible at once, producing colors through pigment dispersion, transparency and optical mixture, and forming images with layered marks. The shifting, repetitive forms and color contrasts also create a sense of motion.

 

The ink drawings use a static-like field of marks to describe patterns and motifs. The tonal static fill gives forms a sense of impermanence, dissolution and convergence, like building forms with white noise.

Artist Bio

Becky Koenig received her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her MFA from the Department of Art, University of Buffalo. Becky Koenig is an artist, educator and author, who has exhibited her work locally and regionally. She has taught studio art courses in drawing, painting, design and color theory at colleges in the Buffalo area including: Villa Maria College, Medaille College, Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo. She has also taught classes at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Albright Knox Art Gallery and at her studio, Koenig Art Studio. Koenig was Assistant to the Chair in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo from 2003-2016. In 2003, Becky Koenig had a her textbook on color theory titled Color Workbook, published by Prentice Hall which is now in its Fourth Edition.

 

Koenig’s work has been exhibited at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Carnegie Art Center, Tonawanda NY, Adams Memorial Art Gallery in Dunkirk, NY along with many other sites. Since 2004, she has represented the estate artwork of her parents, Catherine Catanzaro Koenig and James R. Koenig, archiving, documenting work and preparing exhibitions. The influence of teaching and studying color theory is evidenced in her works, many of which are concerned with nature, vision, optics and science.

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