Thursday, May 24, 2007
After going to the Market Street Gallery I headed to the Farmers market for some fresh fruit and then went to Aurobora Press which specializes in monoprinting. If you've been keeping up with my blog for a few years you might remember that this press is what got me interested in monoprinting which eventually landed me an opportunity in Greece. Jackie Gendel had an exhibition on portraits that were okay. I liked the composition and subject matter, but the technique was displeasing to me. There is a certain color brown and ugly texture that happens when people don't know how to use the ink on the plate and print properly, and this is what happened to her. It's quite strange though. Even though I was internally technically vomitting it somehow drew me more to her work because her portraits were quite disturbing. So, I have an awkward emotional pull to her work like nails scrapping against a chalk board. I'm not sure where I stand. Also, I like to go to Aurobora Press because Kurt Kemp has an awesome large print collage which is just amazing to look at. I really am starting to like his work the more I look at it. I hope to meet him someday. He lives somewhere North of here and I don't have the transportation to visit him, but I'm sure I'll spontaneously run into him someday.
Right now I'm ready Oscars Wilde's A Portrait of Dorian Gray. It's such a great book. I've always known the premise of the story, but have not taken the time to read it. It's a great book for artists to read. "Art is really quite useless"- Oscar Wilde
On another note, there was a Tony Blair special on PBS last night which was so interesting. I was quite shocked when he announced his resignation. I think he is a great man and has done some wonderful things. Unfortunately, he's been struggling since Bush has become President which has become quite damaging to him. I hope someday that he opens upand talks more about his decisions that he has made recently.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
National Geographic News
Artifacts unearthed at the site include a stone axe head, a pottery fragment, and an ornamental pin. An ancient buried dog was also excavated nearby.
Archaeologists say the monument probably formed part of an important ceremonial complex centred on the Hill of Tara, where remains date back to the Stone Age.
Archaeologist Joe Fenwick of the National University of Ireland, Galway, described the Hill of Tara as Ireland's equivalent of Stonehenge or Egypt's Pyramids.National Geographic
My friend Nels is currently in South Africa to observe and learn new printmaking techniques. He is also there to try an be an liason between Prof. Joel Elgin (our printmaking instructor at UWL) and the local art community in order to set up a print exchange to showcase african art at an exhibition at the university. Exciting stuff indeeed! So, since he hasn't sent any photo's yet, I thought it would be fun to follow him visually on my blog. This way I can feel like I'm there too!
The first printshop he went to see was the Artists Proof Studio in Johannesburg S. Africa. The Artist's Proof Studio relocated (after a disasterous fire in a location across the street) into a refurbished bus manufacturing factory refurbished to be an art center. It has become a "home studio" and resource centre for artists from disadvantaged areas in and around Johannesburg. With its state-of-the-art equipment and expert staff, APS offers intensive training programs in printmaking and organizes exchange programs with local and international printmakers. In 2004, Zuva Gallery partnered with APS to provide top printmaking students premier exhibition venues at Zuva's galleries in Johannesburg and Scottsdale. Each show is launched at Zuva Gallery in Johannesburg and run simultaneously at Zuva Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The mission of the studio is to provide an environment of excellence for artists to develop printmaking as a democratic and accessible medium of expression.
Artists Proof Press
The South African Development Fund
By the mid eighties, political repression in South Africa had reached new heights. The apartheid government was involved in activities to suppress the democratic movement and in committing the myriad of human rights violations now coming to scrutiny under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Thousands of South Africans fled into exile, and the international anti-apartheid movement was established.
The South Africa Development Fund was founded in 1985 by exiles living in the United States to help the oppressed majority of their country. They were joined in this effort by Americans active in the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements. Originally called "Fund for a Free South Africa, (FreeSA)", the organization became a vehicle by which U.S. donors could show their solidarity with South Africans struggling for political and social justice.
South African society has changed, but the legacy of apartheid policies will take many years to undo. Millions of people still live in makeshift shacks without electricity and clean water. An entire generation grew up without a decent education resulting in widespread illiteracy and massive unemployment.
The South Africa Development Fund is working closely with a number of non-governmental organizations that treat social and economic rights as full human rights. The programs have been implemented to ensure that South Africans have the ability to fully participate in the democratic process, the right to a safe and healthy environment and the opportunity to pursue education and employment.
Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg provides opportunities for disadvantaged artists to study printmaking and papermaking in a cooperative environment.
To donate money:
The South African Development Fund
Monday, May 14, 2007
The Power of Women of a Certain Age
From artblog by libby
Post by Andrea Kirsh
I saw another eye-opener at Susan Teller Gallery (not far from the Drawing Center, at 568 Broadway, 212 941-7335), a small overview, not quite a retrospective, of Anne Ryan’s work. Ryan is best known for the collages she made after 1948 when she saw an exhibition of Kurt Schwitters’ work. A couple of these used to be on more-or-less permanent exhibition at MoMA, but that was years ago. I haven’t seen them in decades.
The Wine Glass, about 1945, woodcut on black paper, 16 x 21 inches.
Ryan only began painting in her fifties and her career was but fifteen years. This exhibition has one collage and twenty-seven paintings, drawings and innovative wood-block prints. It traces her experience in Stanley William Hayter’s print studio and her exploration of Constructivism and Surrealism. While her collages have a clear debt to Schwitters, they have their own characteristic palette and delicacy, and rather than the urban detritus favored by Schwitters, Ryan favored varied types of fabric and fine papers, some of it hand-made. Her wood-cuts employ a single block which she inked by hand, in multiple colors of varying transparency which yielded variation within an edition. She often printed on black paper in another sort of artistic recycling (they were the wrappers from photographic film). This gives the work a striking coloration and depth. The exhibition is on through May 12, and should you miss it, the gallery will likely have some of her work available.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Sol Lewitt made some of the first prints at Crown Point Press and here is a tribute for him from Kathan Brown from her 3 minute egg series.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Market Street Gallery (1554 Market Street, San Francisco)
EXHIBITION: MAY 1st - 31st
RECEPTION: Friday, May 4th
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
8 x 8 is a traveling show of works on paper of eight West Coast women printmakers who work in various printmaking media such as Intaglio, Monotype, and Chine Colle. The show will showcase 64+ fresh works in print that incorporate interesting and innovative techniques.
Printmaking artists include Seiko Tachibana, Amanda Knowles, Leslie Lowinger, Susan Belau, Donna Sharee, Ellen Markoff, Sandra Kelch and Terri Driscoll.
This should be a lot of fun to go to. I have heard a lot about some of these printmakers and it should be fun to meet them.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
My beloved Professor Joel and his Lynched friend have set up an online exhibit between the two universities of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and University at Albany. It's a very exciting opportunity for the L.Mob to get together and check out what each other have been doing.
While graduate printmaking students at Iowa, Brian Lynch and Joel Elgin, took a course in the Art Museum/ Gallery Theory and Practice. The Prof, who flunked them both had no clue that the future would allow for internet based exhibits. This exhibition brings together Elgin's students from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and Lynch's students from the University at Albany . We encourage the students from both institutions to comment on each other's images in order to create a dialog from the East to the Midwest. We encourage any reader/viewer who wishes further information on the exhibit or programs to comment under this post to LynchBaby or Beloved Prof Joel.
For further information on... Lynch please go to: http://www.lynchstudio.com/
Beloved Prof Joel: http://www.gracechosygallery.com/
Please visit the UWL Printfever blog to connect with current printmaking activity and to see the prints of UWL alumni: http://printfever.blogspot.com/
Special thanks to BlogBitch Becca for her hours spent collecting and posting images.
(c) Chloe Piene, 2006
Etching and aquatint
11.75" x 10" image, 17.75" x 16" sheet
Current price: $1,500
Chloe Piene was at the Lower East Side print shop towards the end of last year. I've only seen this one print, so I'm not sure if she made more than one edition. I hope she did.
I get the Lower East Side newsletter, and I'm always excited when I do. Reading it makes me want to go to New York especially to the LES Print shop because it is always buzzing with excitement. They have great opportunities with their on going classes and residences. Maybe one summer I'll take a class there.
More of Chloe Piene's art
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
It's a great way to get your art put online really fast and for free without advertisements. I like the layout, and it allows enough space for me to keep my work for now.
Some other great services are similar to myspace such as:
-a great place to get to know other student artists and make fun connections through art.
-set up by the highly respectable Saatchi Gallery. Nels is a part of this, and I think more should join him from LaCrosse.
I'm sure there are others too.