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Roland Poska (1938-2017)

Roland 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. He laid handfuls onto plastic sheeting and added elements such as handmade, sliced forms and coils. After drying, Poska would flip the panel over to reveal a flattened yet technicolor abstract composition. Many consist of multiple panels with intentionally rough and unrefined edges, a nod to the signature deckled edges of handmade paper. 

Poska's work was the subject of over thirty solo exhibitions in his lifetime, including at 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 Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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Deckle Edge-Expanding Sun
Deckle Edge-Last Raindrop
2008
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
50 x 52 inches
 
Deckle Edge-Little Black Hole
2008
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
46 x 60 inches
         

Untitled 2000s
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
57 x 96 inches  

P003

 
Deckle Edge-Evening Reflections
c 1990s
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
45 x 78 3/4 inches  
         

Untitled  c 2000s
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
78 x 91 1/2 inches
P906 

 
Untitled  c 1970s
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
47 1/4 x 71 1/4 inches
P037  

 
Deckle Edge-From Dry Woods
1979-2007
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
52 x 77 inches  
  Sun Prayer VI
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
78 x 90 inches  
       
  Deckle Edge-Sunspot-
Raindrop Series XI 
2006
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
45 1/2 x 25 inches    
    Deckle Edge-Sunspot-
Raindrop Series XII 
2006
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
36 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches  



 
Deckle Edge-Sun Shower
Series 
2007
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
53 inches diameter    
  Raindrop-Red Sky c 2000s
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
41 inches diameter    
 
     
         
 Sentinels

       
Sentinel V c 2000s
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
114 x 30 inches    
  Sentinel VI 2000s
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
113 x 31 inches  

         
Sentinel XII c 1990s
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
85 x 23 inches
  
  Sentinel XVIII 2000s
Cotton Fiber and Pigment
82 x 24 inches