Page's Global Backyard On Display at Ink Shop in Ithaca
Associate professor of art Greg Page is showing large-scale prints of plant life from around the world this month in Motifs From the Global Backyard, at The Ink Shop Gallery on the second floor of the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) building in Ithaca. The display opened on October 2 and continues through October 31.
The exhibit features plants from different geographic locations with varied climates: the horticulture department greenhouses at Illinois State University; The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland; Cornell Plantations; and his own backyard in Ithaca. Page uses a subtle lithographic technique in a nuanced approach to depicting plant life, revealing a deep network of information within the leaves and his reverence for the natural world.
An integral part of The Ink Shop since its inception in 1999, Page also had a role in Poisonous Plants, currently on display and continuing through October 30 on CSMA's first floor. This exhibition was inspired in part by Amy Stewart's book Wicked Plants, and created in 2014 by Page's Introductory Print Media class in collaboration with Todd Bittner and Diane Miske of Cornell Plantations. The class visited the Robison York State Herb Garden in the Cornell Plantations where they were introduced to all the poisonous plants there, and learned about identifying and protecting against other similar plants in the wild. Student artists translated their investigations into works in a variety of print media including monoprinting, stenciling, lithography, and screen and relief printing.
By Dan Aloi, Cornell Chronicle