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36 Views of Mount Rainier: Woodblock Prints by Kristina Hagman

Rainier Avenue South

Kristina Hagman, Rainier Avenue South, 2008, woodblock print on paper,
Courtesy of the artist

May 18 through July 15, 2012
Contemporary Gallery

The prints in 36 Views of Mount Rainier are an homage to the famous Japanese woodblock printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and his acclaimed series 36 Views of Mount Fuji. While living in Seattle, Hagman experienced ever-changing views of Mount Rainier, and these impressions of the mountain resulted in a new appreciation of the work of Hokusai. Although originally trained as a painter, Hagman chose the woodblock to capture this mix of city views. She incorporates different natural environments found around Mount Rainier as well as various man-made surroundings such as freeways, cityscapes and bridges. As a result, the thirty-six images elicit various responses, from a sense of bustling urban life to moments of quiet contemplation.