Posts tagged ‘Art’
I’ve been in the studio in brief and sparse bursts and while I haven’t come close to accomplishing the number of projects I had hoped to by this time, I am very proud of what I have created. I’ve been working on drypoint printmaking. It’s a time consuming and laborious effort (but not prohibitively so) both from the artist’s and printer’s perspective. The end result, however, is unlike anything else, even among prints.
These are not copies of existing images on paper but the result of a completely print-based effort. The image is engraved into a copper plate by hand with a diamond tipped scribe. That plate is, in a sense, the original image. Each plate is then inked and prepped by hand for each pressing of each individual image. Because of this, each image in an edition is unique. The ink is captured in the burs and grooves engraved into the plate and with all the excess wiped clean, the image is all that remains. Because of the softness of the plate and the immense amount of pressure from the press, the plate degrades fairly quickly until the image is barely discernible on the plate’s surface. While some might see this as a drawback, I appreciate that it keeps editions to a tidy limit. I’ve always had a problem with people charging top dollar for digital color copies that can be printed and reprinted endlessly. With these prints, if there is a run of six, someone can essentially walk a way with one-sixth of the original.
The printing was handled by Chad Andrews who operates a pair of antique presses under the name Paper +. As the printer is not just duplicating the image but interpreting it, a working relationship has to be established that allows for the artist to understand the process and the printer to understand the artist’s vision. I think we’ve reached a good understanding of each other’s dialect in the overlapping languages of art and printmaking.
Both the process and image are a welcome departure from what I’ve been doing with pen, ink and watercolor and while I don’t expect or intend to get away from watercolors entirely, it’s a nice switch for a while. When time permits, I can see myself going back and forth between the two and seeing how one informs the other.
These prints will be available for purchase directly from me in very limited quantities at the Roc City Tattoo Expo (Aug 20-22) and Absorb Music Festival (Aug 28). If there are any left after these events, I can be contacted directly about purchasing them.
You wouldn’t think it would take so long for me to put one up, but I’ve now posted a gallery. Click the link or look up and click the box that says Gallery in the green bar up top.
It’s not necessarily current and not remotely complete but it’s something. I’ll still post my pieces on the main page when words seem necessary or the image timely but check the gallery once in a while too. If nothing else, it’s an organized way to see the pieces collectively.
I’ll be adding to it shortly as I’ve got some really exciting and very limited print projects in the works, thanks in no small part to the guidance and printing skills of artist and educator, Chad Andrews. I’ll let you know more about that soon.
“People labeled with mental disabilities are largely invisible to the wider world. To the extent that they think of us at all, they usually think of us as a problem that somebody has to do something about and not as human beings, individuals, each one of us — deserving of human dignity.” — Judi Chamberlin
This is a great video created by activist, artist and psychiatric survivor, Leah Harris. I met Leah in Brooklyn at a demonstration and vigil in honor of Esmin Green and in protest of her passing for lack of care in a hospital. Leah immediately impressed me with her outspoken determination and when she’s performing a spoken word piece, she has a gift for getting to the core of what she’s communicating. What I might say in a lengthy rambling post or conversation, she cuts to in a phrase.
Leah’s been bringing that sharpness, conciseness and strength to video editing as well lately. In this short video, she shows viewers what the mental health rights movement is to many of us and what the late Judi Chamberlin is to that movement. You’ll notice I didn’t say was. Anyone who has fought as hard for and had such an impact on such a movement that survives them will always be tied to it. Benjamin Franklin once said something to the effect of, “If you are to be remembered long after you die, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ” Judi did both. Some day, when we look back on this movement in the same peculiar light of hindsight as we view the fight for black civil rights, women’s rights and gay rights, Judi will stand out as one of its first and strongest figures. In addition to what she did directly and for its own sake, she inspired many — often at times and in places where inspiration was notably absent. I wish I would have been in a position to meet and work alongside her toward our shared purpose. Instead I am blessed to be in the good company of people she affected directly.
Anyone who’s picked up an issue of Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz or any other modern/pop/whatever art magazine lately is no stranger to the work of Camille Rose Garcia. She’s constantly producing and always reinterpreting her vision while her unique style remains a common thread. Also, if you’ve paid any attention to art and followed the ripples outward to craft and street fashion, you know she’s inspired a sea of attempted imitators as art in semi-mainstream press is known to do. If, however, she was under your radar seven years ago (I believe she was either under mine or just getting picked up), you may have missed her four part spread in Blab! 2003. It was a series on our drug centered approach to depression in American culture. Here is panel 4. I’m pretty sure her prints were out of my price range by the time anyone cared enough to press them but I would love to have gotten my hands on these. Who knew our feelings-damning, pharmacentric culture could be so visually appealing?
Also, on the topic of drugs and the places they take you, Check out the her take on illustrating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (scroll up and click her name to get to her website). If you’re on the west coast, you may be able to attend a book signing in march.
At my show, I surprised my wife with a painting that, judging by her response, she likes very much. It is of the Schooner Olad on which we sailed — at sunset — on our tenth anniversary in the summer of 2008. It is, among other things, a reminder of a serene moment in what can often be a daunting life, to say the least. The following afternoon, a customer asked me the secret to being happily married for eleven years. Without thinking even for a second, I told her it was finding the right person from the start — and it’s true. All of the hard work and tips solicited from those who have done it can’t compensate for that.
With my art show drawing very near (tomorrow night), I’ve been working especially hard at getting the ideas onto paper. I thought I’d post up two of the newest pieces — one I don’t have a name for and the other entitled, First, Do No Harm.