April 5 – June 21, 2014
Artist Reception: Saturday, April 5, 2014
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This April PDNB Gallery will feature a solo exhibition by Don Schol of his recent linoleum cuts. Although PDNB specializes in showing photography and photo-based works, other media are highlighted as well. This will be Don Schol’s second solo exhibition at PDNB Gallery.
Schol (b. 1941, Iowa) is known for his wood sculptures, often self-portraits. He studied art and philosophy at University of Dallas, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree. He received his MFA at the University of Texas and was soon drafted into the Army where he served as a Second Lieutenant and “Combat Artist” in Vietnam.
About 40 years later in 2009, after a long career of teaching art at the University of North Texas, Schol created a series of woodblock prints that conveyed his personal experience with the demons of war. Vietnam Remembrances, the title of the series, approached the subject as universal to all war, but used specific imagery to the Vietnam conflict.
Because of his recent arthritis, woodcarving has become a difficult task. Woodcarving has always been his passion, as seen in his sculpture and wood block prints. Linoleum cuts became the next step, while also satisfying his appetite to carve. The new work featured in his upcoming show is abstract, quite different from the more figurative work he is known for.
Below is a short interview…
PDNB – Your woodblock series, Vietnam Remembrances, had so much impact, which led to the book, War Cuts*, to be published. Were you surprised at the response?
PDNB – After your tour of duty in Vietnam, you were sent to Hawaii to produce the artwork for the Combat Artist program. What was your medium of choice to express your experience?
PDNB – What sparked the idea for these new works on paper series, ARRANGEMENTS
PDNB – How long have you been creating works on paper, as opposed to sculpture?
PDNB – Your knowledge of papers you use for printing is quite impressive. You used HOSHO paper for your woodblock prints. For this recent series you have selected Mingeishi Awagami Kozo paper and Mulberry paper. How did you become so well versed on these various papers?
PDNB - Your archive of works-on-paper will be donated to Texas Tech University. Tell us about that.
PDNB – What is your next project?
DON - My next project is to spend some creative time with my camera, photographing familiar places and things and then to use the photographs as a starting point for more relief prints. The photograph is one thing and has a magic all its own. The print is yet another thing and has its own magic as well. I want to exhibit the two side by side to reveal how the eye and hand interpret the same image in different media.
When I started teaching at the University of North Texas 41 years ago, I started the photography program. For the first time in my life I used a camera heavily in Vietnam to document my surroundings and combat action. Of course I drew in my sketchbook as well, but I learned to use a camera as a combat tool under extreme circumstances. That experience gave me the confidence to teach photography as an art form. It seems particularly appropriate to embark upon this project because it brings me full circle in my career and back to photography from whence I started.
*Published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2011
Don Schol, XII, 2014