Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dry Point

I did a small 5 x 7 inch dry point on plexi-glass yesterday. (I needed one for a demo I'll be doing in a week or so.) I haven't printed it yet, but here is what the plexi plate looks like. It's sort of a negative of what the print will look like - since anything white will hold ink and print black & the clear parts (which look black due to the black behind it here) will be white. The lines were scratched in with an etching needle & the cloudy parts were due to sandpaper.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Small Print Exhibit

The oil-themed Day of the Dead small print exhibit's opening was tonight. The one that I sent in an edition of small grey polyurethane-coated woodcuts to. Of course I forgot my camera so I don't have more photos to share for the second blog post in a row. My apologies!

In the meantime, check out the website for the exhibit's location at Red Hydrant Press - it's a pretty awesome place!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Litho In-Progress

I ideally wanted to show you another in-progress photo of how well my litho drawing was coming along... but then the tusche wash wasn't doing what I wanted it to do today, so I'm set back a bit and don't want to share the not-so-great stage that it's in now. Maybe next time I post I'll be feeling better about it.... I hope!

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Litho Drawing

New litho stone drawing in progress! Just going to add a tusche wash and then I'll etch the stone. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free Radial & SITE:LAB

Last night's events went great!

The installation at SITE:LAB looked great, thanks so much again to Taylor & Alison for your help!

My art made an appearance  with Free Radical on Division St...

... and with MFA Club on Ionia.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Installation - Final Round!

Alison & Taylor did a great job with the orange room's ceiling on the sixth round of spray painting. Thank you girls so much!

...and in the meantime I finished both floors.

This means that the installation is finished! The one and only chance to view the rooms in person (as well as the rest of the great SITE:LAB installations in the 833 Lake Dr SE building) will be Friday October 22nd (tomorrow!) from 5-11pm. I will also have my prints showing with Free Radical that same night at both the 44 Ionia building (with KCAD MFA Club) and at 134 Division S. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Installation - Fifth Round

I started out the fifth round of spray painting with finishing the top of the green room's walls. 

Then I moved on to the outside hallway where the patterns spill out and merge together. 

And then I moved on to the carpets - both are 75% done! 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Installation - Third & Fourth Round

The third round of spray painting wasn't overly eventful. I got many of the odd sections in the orange room, & then worked on the green room until I couldn't reach any farther up the walls.

The fourth round was a bit more exciting. Alison & Taylor took charge of the green room's ceiling and did a fantastic job!

In the meantime I had a step ladder, so I was able to finish the top of the walls in the orange room.

Here are (almost) all of the stencils.

Friday, October 15, 2010


I wanted to update more on the installation, but my current internet connection the last few days is preventing me from uploading photos anytime this century.

I'm currently at the Mid America Print Council in Minneapolis and having a blast. The last two days were full of driving & walking, printmaking demos, artist talks, SO many print shows, delicious food, & great company of printmakers. This morning I'm heading out to see Swoon give a talk.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Installation - Second Round

Taylor was kind enough to help me out with round 2 of spray painting the installation. The green room is looking great -- THANK YOU, Taylor! 

I worked mostly in the orange room again - mostly because I don't want to subject my awesome collaborators to the trippy effects the orange room has on oneself. Here are some shots that show off a 360 degree view of the orange room's progress up the walls, plus my mess of stencils and things.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Installation - First Round

These are the two rooms I was given for the Site Lab installation before I started. I'm going to refer to the pair as the orange & green rooms because of the colors I'm using. 

Here's the first stencil spray painted in the orange room...

... and what the orange room looked like at the end of the first spray painting day. I mostly stayed in the orange room & did a bit of the green room.

Thanks so much to Alison for her help on the first day of spray painting! The green room wouldn't have looked so great without you. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Installation - Stencils

Ah, so much stencil-cutting for the installation! Thank goodness for this great little exacto knife holder for doing a great job & saving my hand. 

About a dozen stencils are shown here all cut out. Much more to come! 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Installation Prep

I just bought out a store's inventory of three colors of spray paint for my installation with Site Lab, which I will be able to start working on this Saturday. (I should warn you now that most of the upcoming blog posts will revolve around said installation.) Tomorrow morning I'm meeting with the man in charge, & then spending lots of time cutting out stencils for the spray paint. Can't wait to find out which space I've been given. Then the 13-day marathon of whipping up this installation will officially begin!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Dead End" Prints - Coated & Finished

My edition of prints for the "Dead End" show is just finishing up drying after being coated with polyurethane. 

To show what a difference the polyurethane makes, here's a comparison of the same print not coated, coated once, and coated four times. The first photo shows how shiny the prints with more coats of polyurethane can get. The next photo better shows how transparent the print becomes

I tried to take an awkward shot to check out the print against direct light.

Here's a final detail shot to highlight the layering. Are the prints starting to look even more like swirling oil to you?