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Kansas River - Moonlight
  • Lisa Grossman
    born 1967
    born: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Kansas River - Moonlight, 2008
  • Where object was made: United States
  • relief-roll woodcut, silk tissue on tinted mulberry paper
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 196 x 298 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 11/16 x 11 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 252 x 353 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 15/16 x 13 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 16 x 20 in
  • Gift of the artist
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0023
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
“Holding Pattern: New Works at the Spencer Museum,” Sep-2014, Susan Earle and Cassandra Mesick
In 2004, Lawrence-based printmaker Lisa Grossman took a series of aerial digital photographs and videos as she flew along the Kaw River from Kansas City to Junction City, following the sun as it set on the western horizon. Even on their own, these visual documents would have the ability to alter our perception of a local landmark by providing a unique perspective of the winding river from the sky. This series of prints, however, provides viewers an even more transformative way to experience the Kaw. After creating woodblocks from photographs and video stills taken during her flight, Grossman used an innovative printmaking process to create ghostly negative images of the Kaw as it languidly meanders through the landscape. The portions of the river shown here chart its course in Lecompton, Topeka, Eudora, and Linwood.