Claudia Rousseau reviews Kirk Waldroff


Kirk Waldroff The Wrens and the Badger, Cast glass, poplar, and LED lighting

Art critic Claudia Rousseau reviews Kirk Waldroff’s impressive print-based mixed media sculpture solo show at the Glenview Mansion in this weekend’s DC Artnews blog.

Dr Rousseau writes:
“…Waldroff’s contribution to the Glenview exhibit include prints and wooden constructions that hold cast glass panels, that is, glass sculptures that have a print image on them—a technique that Waldroff will be teaching at the Washington Glass School on Saturday afternoons in April. They are created using a revolutionary kiln-casting process so that each is a unique reproduction of a carved woodblock (the kind originally created for wood-cut prints). These are set into wooden cabinets, or deep wooden boxes. There’s even a marvelous headboard with two inset glass panels topping a queen-sized bed right in the gallery.

Kirk Waldroff Unlocking Dreams – bed, maple, birch, cast glass, LED lighting

On the opposite wall are prints on paper from the same block that made the glass panels. Many of these glass/wood boxes are illuminated, but I imagine they would be effective set against a natural light source as well, or placed where they receive sun or lamplight. The warm light coming into the mansion gives them a nice glow. There are also a number of carved and painted wood panels presented as paintings rather than wood blocks. “

“… and the images are simple, but enough to stimulate the imagination. There are no right answers here. The viewer is encouraged to write them from his/her own trove of memories and ideas.”

Click HERE to jump to the entire review on DC Artnews.

Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D., teaches art history at Montgomery College, and writes regular critical reviews in local publications.

Kirk Waldroff “Untold Fables” through March 1, 2011
Glenview Mansion Art Gallery at Rockville Center Civic Center Park
602 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, MD 20851
Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 AM-4:30PM, Tues/Thurs, 9AM-9PM
240-314-8682 or 240-314-8660 for information or to confirm hours.

This April, Kirk will be teaching a class at the Washington Glass School that transfers wood block print imagery into cast glass. This amazing process is a great way for print-based artists to take their images over into other media. Click HERE to jump to Kirk’s class description.

Kirk Waldroff – Untold Fables


Kirk Waldroff
Theodulus and the Egret, Part 2
| 2011

left: glass, oak, and LED lighting | 30″ x 23″ x 5.5″
right: hand-colored woodcut on Rives BFK | 10″ x 18″

Printmaker and glass artist Kirk Waldroff has a solo exhibition at Glenview Mansion in Rockville, Maryland (opening reception on February 6th, 1:30pm to 3:30pm).
Kirk is exhibiting new work including prints, print based glass sculptures, paintings, and even a queen-size bed.

Untold Fables
New Prints, Print-based Sculpture, and Paintings

February 6 – March 2, 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 6, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Glenview Mansion Art Gallery
Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park

603 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20851

Kirk Waldroff has a degree in illustration from the University of Delaware. Kirk’s work has been shown at many area galleries, and was featured in the international exhibition “Glass 3”. Kirk is currently assisting with classes at the Washington Glass School, while developing techniques that combine printmaking and sculptural glass.

About "Artists Spaces"


Kirk Waldroff sings the praises about living in the Mather Bldg.

The Posts’ Washington Express had a nice article about artist living spaces, featuring photos of painter Dana Ellyn‘s place
. Other artists are mentioned, including the glass school’s next-door neighbor, ceramic artist Margaret Boozer and the Washington Glass School’s own Kirk Waldroff.

“For Kirk Waldroff, 36, who lives at the other end of the third-floor Mather hallway from painter Ellyn, the built-in artist community was a huge draw.

“I knew living here would be a really big deal in terms of making connections,” says Waldroff, who was living with his parents previously. “It’s kind of the other side of the universe from living in your parents’ basement, in terms of getting into the art world.” His art has benefited, too: Thanks to help from a neighbor who runs the Washington Glass School, Waldroff introduced glass casting to his printmaking.”

For the rest of the article – click HERE.

Glass Woodcut Prints


Mortimer and the Octopus | 2009
left: water color and woodcut print on Rives BFK | 11″ x 24″
right: glass and oak | 16″ x 28″ x 6.5″ (closed) | 32″ x 28″ x 6.5″ (open)

Kirk Waldroff, a DC-based printmaker and sculptor, uses traditional woodcut techniques to create non-traditional prints in glass, concrete and on paper. His mixed media works depict invented saints and never-told fables.

Kirk’s work was featured in the international exhibition of glass artwork, “Glass 3” in Georgetown in 2008, where he exhibited his beautiful technique that combines printmaking and sculptural glass. Kirk has a solo show of his glass woodcuts at NOVA’s Waddell Gallery opening Jan 11 titled: Saints and Fables: Prints and Print-based Sculpture

Saint Funiculus | 2009
left: woodcut on unryu | 3.5″ x 24″ | edition of three
middle: glass, oak, flourescent lighting | 9″ x 30″ x 6″
right: concrete, grout, gold leaf | 3.5″ x 24″

Theodulus and the Egret | 2009
left: water color and woodcut print on Rives BFK | 11″ x 24″
right: glass and oak | 16″ x 28″ x 6.5″ (closed) | 32″ x 28″ x 6.5″ (open)

From Kirk Waldroff’s artist statement:

I draw great inspiration from art that I consider beautifully melancholy and aim to make pieces that are at once dark, humorous, and thought-provoking. I often draw upon religious imagery and enjoy employing social and historical themes as well.

Since the beginning of my education in art, I have been most attracted to printmaking. I enjoy the methodology as well as the very tactile link to the past this medium provides. In addition, printmaking is uniquely poised to integrate and borrow from new technologies and methods. My most recent glass and concrete cast-prints blend the traditional art of woodblock printing with innovative techniques in sculptural casting and are certainly the only of their kind.

Saint Cuspis | 2009
left: woodcut on unryu | 3.5″ x 24″ | edition of three
middle: glass, oak, flourescent lighting | 9″ x 30″ x 6″
right: concrete, grout, gold leaf | 3.5″ x 24″

detail of Kirk’s glass woodcut technique

Candy for Sachiko | 2009
left: woodcut print on Rives BFK | edition of one | 7″ x 32″
right: glass and oak | 11″ x 36″ x 6.5″ (closed) | 22″ x 36″ x 6.5″ (open)

Saints and Fables
Prints and Print-based Sculpture

January 11 – February 12, 2010

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, January 20, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Reception: Friday, January 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Waddell Art Gallery
Northern Virginia Community College

1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway
Sterling, VA 20164 (google map)

Kirkin Out The Studio

>Artist Kirk Waldroff has been working on a new series of cast glass panels that relate to his wood block prints. Kirk is creating a number of panels for his solo show at NoVa College’s Waddell Gallery in January.

Titled “Saints And Fables” the art series was created by combining traditional printmaking with glass sculpting techniques.
In practice, he has developed an original process that allows him to expand on the printmaking traditions. His imagery was created with the thought that “we can never know where true saints are hidden- rather that they may emerge from the lowest of places”.

Click HERE to jump to Kirk’s website