Thursday, April 26, 2007

Alan Moore

I love Union Square in San Francisco. There are about 30 galleries within the radius of a few blocks ranging from contemporary to the good old Mattise, Chagall and so on. When the Great comes, I hope to show her some of my favorites. I've recently been admiring the Chagalls on display. His prints are so beautiful. Also, Miro's prints have struck an interest in me. Today at Union Square in SF there was an art show that I enjoyed during my lunch. The art show was more in the style of an "art fair" that you'd usually see during the summer. The weather here is so beautiful right now it might as well be summer. Anyways, I was walking through the usual still lifes, and kitty paintings when I ran into Alan Moore. His work was so beautful. His website does not even come anywhere close to what his work is like in person, but it is so beautiful. It reminds me of wabi sabi pottery from Japan. It's very spiritual and playful. I talked to him for a while and found out that the way we approach art is very similar. He didn't have any fancy words and didn't go to a fancy art school (he's not even a trained artist), and I found that very refreshing especially for the Bay Area. I think he's a genius, and if I had a gallery, I would have picked him up in a heart beat. This painting above was one of my favorite smaller pieces. I wanted to buy it, but I'm to po'. I think he'd like monoprinting a lot, and was trying to convince him to take printmaking, but I think he thought I was talking about Giclee prints. Anyways what he does he does well in his chosen medium.

Alan Moore

Monday, April 23, 2007

Julio Valdez

Julio Valdez's printed oeuvre attests to the significant role that printmaking can play in artist's career. Since1988, Valdez has made nearly 50 editioned prints, at least as many related proofs, and over 100 monotypes. His experimental mixture of techniques and openness to new processes continue to expand his creative program and the technical range of his work in all mediums.

Check out Julio Valdez website. It has a force of its own!

Essay: Surface and Symbol:Julio Valdez and the Printed Image

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Printmaking position

PO BOX 5838
WINONA, MN 55987

RESPONSIBILITIES: Fixed-term Instructor or Asst. Professor to teach Art Foundations, University Studies and Printmaking. Art Foundations includes 2-D Design and Drawing I. University Studies includes a large enrollment Experiencing Art or Intro to Art as well as a Drawing course designed for Science majors. Additional responsibilities may include Gallery Director and/or teaching Graphic Design. Normal teaching load is 12 credits per semester. Participation in Departmental responsibilities expected. Rank and salary commensurate with experience.

QUALIFICATIONS: MFA in printmaking and at least two years full-time university teaching experience beyond graduate assistantship (or teacher of record). Possible renewal of this position beyond one year.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Print Zero Exchange

Print freaks...time again to get ready for the annual print zero exchange!!!!

Hello Printmakers,
It's time for the annual Print Zero Studios Print Exchange #5.
Last year we had 285 printmakers from 18 countries participate,
and the show traveled to 4 states. We thank you for your past
participation and hope that you will once again take part.
Now onto the prospectus.

Welcome to the Print Zero Studios Print Exchange V.
At this point we have at least 2 confirmed exhibitions.
Thank you to the Florida Printmakers who will be hosting
at the U of Miami. Thank you also to Sev Shoon Arts Center
and BallardWorks who will be hosting in Seattle.

All prints will conform to the following guidelines, any prints that
do not fit these criteria will be returned to the artist (No Exceptions).
- Prints must be created with an original printmaking process
(etching, litho, silkscreen, woodcut, etc…NO strictly digital prints)
- Paper size of 5"x7"
- Edition of 15 prints (Print Zero Studios will keep 2 prints from
each edition for archiving and exhibition)
- There is no assigned theme
- Submission Fee of $5.00 (US participants) $7.00 (International participants)
This will cover return shipping costs, we will provide postage/envelope.
- Submissions must be RECEIVED by June 15, 2007

Ship prints to:
Print Zero Studios
Attn: Brian Lane
323 North 105th Street, A-2
Seattle, WA 98133
Check the website for updates and information. You may also download
the prospectus and view previous print exchanges.

Jeremy Cody -
Brian Lane -
Lisa Hasegawa -