Water Street Studios’ Dempsey Family Gallery will feature work by scratchboard artist Lisa Goesling and photographer Dave Wensel in its July show. In an unusual collaboration, Lisa Goesling’s exquisite scratchboard works are the powerful visual statements to which Dave Wensel has responded.
Lisa’s work is the result of a process wherein design, composition, depth/dimension and textural representational “problems” are continuously posed and expertly resolved as she works with her boards. To Wensel, her finished pieces look as if sublime music has been rendered for the eye.
To create his responsive work, Wensel deconstructed and redeployed certain conceptual elements of Ms. Goesling’s work in montages and assemblages using only photographs he has made from his studio and in-the-field work. The resulting work is referential (and reverential) reinterpretations of Lisa’s work.