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Artist examines Bach’s music

Printmaker speaks at Winchester Academy


Mark Brueggeman will present “Art Inspired by Bach” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.

Brueggeman is an artist and printmaker whose focus is a combination of letterpress and intaglio prints. Intrigued with the placement of text within images, he has always enjoyed the look of language and image in the same format. This became the genesis of the combination of the two in his works.

About 15 years ago, Brueggeman began a series of paintings and drawings based on J.S. Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. He acquired a cello and teacher and began investigating the Bach compositions to inform his drawings with understanding of the form and content of the suites.

To achieve his concepts, he had to learn to read music, and as he did, he started seeing the visual relationship of the manuscript to the aural experience.

He next began adding key phrases from the written music as notation in his artwork. This musical text became a vital element in his work.

In the G-major suite of prints, he produced an intaglio plate with the notation for the movement in what he regarded as “Anna Magdalena Bach” typeface. The drawings were done directly from images of her manuscript copies of the suites. The page of music was a foundation over which he printed the drawing inspired by the movement.

Brueggeman received his undergraduate degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His graduate work in drawing and fiber sculpture was from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

He taught in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisocnsin-Stevens Point from 2001-05, and has operated Atelier Vermeil Studio 2 in Nelsonville since 1985.

He works in printmaking, painting, drawing, and stained glass with occasional forays into bronze casting.
Brueggeman’s program is hosted by Winchester Academy in collaboration with the Waupaca Community Arts Board and the 2017 Bach Festival.
Phantom Art Gallery, located at 104 E. Fulton Street in Waupaca, will feature Brueggeman’s work from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28; from noon-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29; and from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2.

Free and open to the public, Winchester Academy programs are funded through sponsors and tax-deductible donations.

Carol Elvery and Bruce Inkmann are sponsors of Brueggeman’s program.

For more information about Winchester Academy, check winchesteracademywaupaca.org, follow on Facebook, or contact Executive Director Ann Buerger Linden at 715-258-2927 or [email protected].

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