Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I counted today- I have 6 prints in various stages at the moment. 2 of them are going to be mixed media prints. Specifically, I'm trying a combination of relief and screenprinting. It's exciting to be doing linocuts after a long time away from it- but its taking me a little bit of getting used to it. I've gotten so used to the fine detail I can have with using scratchboard that I get a bit impatient and frustrated with the relief medium- which leads me to believe my next relief prints are going to be slightly larger in scale.
The plan with these "trial" prints is to run 2-3 colors of screenprinted layers, then 1-2 relief passes, with perhaps a follow up with one more screenprinted layer. I'll be printing the blocks on my Poco Proof Press, which I inherited last year through the good graces of my friend and impresario, John Corbett (of Corbett Vs. Dempsey Gallery). The registration doesn't have to be perfect, which should help the process. I know that last sentence will make some readers laugh, as my prints have a lot of built in registration insanity to begin with, but I honestly do plan it that way. Really!
The block and print sizes on these are approximately 12 x 19 inches. Here's a few photos of a sketch and 2 blocks in progress. I'll post follow up photos over the next few days.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
A little while ago I was asked to contribute a self-portrait screenprint for a show at Cyto gallery in Chicago. Scott O'Brien , the director, was interested in having artists who make a lot of posters give a stab at self-portraiture in the medium. The show opens on Friday and includes work from : Sasha Barr, Casey Burns, Mat Daly, Dan Grzeca, Matt Hart, Kathleen Judge, Gina Kelly, Ron Liberti, Dan MacAdam, Michael Nielson, Simona Prives, Lil Tuffy .
The title of my print is "Under Construction", it is 19 x 25 , edition of 95, 5 colors. I'm really happy with the way this turned out- there are some really nice subtleties in the metallic split fountain layer that make the image really pop nicely in person. Unfortunately my work doesn't photograph that well, so its best to come out and see it in person! The opening is this Friday, from 5-10 pm. Click on the gallery link for more info.