Denise Kupferschmidt
Double Dancer

Silkscreen, 10 x 13 inches
Signed and numbered, 2013
Edition of 99


Denise Kupferschmidt's limited edition for Shandaken Projects shows a mirrored set of her signature figures. These genderless, dancerly forms echo the "primitive" referents of high Modernism, for instance paleolithic Venuses or West African masks. Kupferschmidt is interested in the meditative and reductive aspects of classic calligraphy, and applies those philosophies to her figures. Trained as a printmaker, this is her first silkscreen edition. Similar figures were used in her 2012 mural for BAM.

From 2008 to 2010, Kupferschmidt and fellow artist Joshua Smith organized a series of rigorous but de-professionalized, communitarian group shows in (mostly) residential spaces. The project, called Apartment Show, collapsed the borders between commercially successful artists and those new to the market, and destabilized expectations for art-viewing by placing work in diverse spaces: from individuals' homes to well known galleries. Many past Apartment Show participants are now members, residents, and friends of Shandaken Projects.

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