Kent Manske

      


Bio

Kent Manske is a conceptual printmaker who processes thoughts and ideas through the creation of fine art prints and books as art. He is a Professor of Art at Foothill College where he has taught since 1990. Manske has an MFA in Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Artist's Statement

Introspection drives my need to create. Processing thoughts, ideas and observations is the nature of my studio activity. Through the creation of images and objects, I explore my being and belongingness. This investigation helps me access my own truths and facilitates my understanding of the world in a broader context.

I am an imagemaker who creates visual narratives and symbols as instruments of understanding. The works function as conscious maps, providing visual routes for interpreting ideas and making meaning. Each mark metaphorically documents an experience, comments on a situation, or reveals a process of thinking.

My artworks reflect the outcome of what I regard as serious play. I'm inquisitive about things I don't understand and create picture narratives to explore possibilities. This activity seems to be both therapy and entertainment. I believe that most of my works are in and of themselves questions. As I find questions are more interesting than answers, the works seek not closure but further inquiry.

Printmaking processes (traditional and digital) serve the conceptual development of my images and satisfy my passion for working with materials. Completed works are realized as fine art prints and artists' books. As form, the book provides order, structure and sequence for communication and exchange. I use the efficiency of the codex for its fixed sequence and boundedness, and the boxed portfolio for its characteristics of containment and embodiment. Within these conceptual spaces, relationships emerge, narrative evolves and meaning manifests.

Websites

PreNeo Press

Contact Information
Phone: 650.949.7409
eMail: manskekent at foothill.edu
Website: preneo.com

Affiliations

PreNeo Press, Foothill Printmakers, Bay Area Book Artists, American Print Alliance, College Art Association, College Book Arts Association, Southern Graphics Council

Exhibitions

  • Vino Locale Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, 2008 (solo exhibition)
  • Conceptually Bound 3, Community School of Music & Art, Mountain View, CA, 2008
  • Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford Univeristy, Palo Alto, CA, 2008 (solo exhibition)
  • Tortilla Curtain Project, Krause Center for Innovation Gallery, Los Altos Hills, CA 2008
  • Meaning Matters, Humanities Center Gallery, CSU Chico, CA, 2008
  • Good & Evil, Krause Center for Innovation Gallery, Los Altos Hills, CA 2007
  • Conceptually Bound 3, University Art Gallery, Chico State University, Chico, CA, 2007
  • Meaning Maker, Corporate Art Expo 07, The Lab, San Francisco, CA, 2007
  • Moving Cultures ( . . . all over the map), Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA, 2007
  • Launch: Projects by PreNeo Press, Krause Center for Innovation Gallery, Los Altos Hills, CA 2006
  • LaPlante, Manske, Rauh, San Martin, 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA, 2006
  • The Art of the Book, 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA, 2006
  • Bound to Inspire, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA, 2006
  • Vino Locale Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, 2005 (solo exhibition)
  • Touch my Book, Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA, 2004
  • Publish or Perish, Open Space Resource Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, 2004
  • A Book in the Hand, Diablo Valley College Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA, 2004
  • Making Meaning: Banners & Icons, Humanities Center Gallery, CSU Chico, CA, 2000 (solo exhibition)
  • Radius 2000, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA. 2000 (solo exhibition)
  • Touch my Book, Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA, 2004
  • Publish or Perish, Open Space Resource Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, 2004
  • A Book in the Hand, Diablo Valley College Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA, 2004
  • The Archeology of Being, Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA, 1999
  • A Good Read: Selections from the Book Arts, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA, 1999
  • Artists Books, Art from Books, Artist's Sketchbooks, Sunnyvale Art Center, CA, 1999
  • Teaching & Workshops

    I teach print arts and book arts courses at Foothill College.

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