Sunday, May 22, 2011

Announcing Brooklyn Artists Gym 50/50 Fundraiser, Saturday, June 18

Join me for the Brooklyn Artists Gym 50/50 Fundraiser!

Here's what it's about, from the good folks at BAG:

"The Idea: Connect 50 artists and their work to 50 art lovers (for only $100).

Spend an evening in spirited - and friendly - competition over 50 fantastic pieces of art. We are raising funds to support BAG in upgrading our facilities, hosting community programs and lectures, and offering discounted studio space to artists in need.

The Event: The exhibition will be up June 11th-18th, 2011. The main event will take place Saturday, June 18th from 6-11PM.

We will be hanging 50 pieces of work from 50 talented artists within the BAG community. We will be selling 50 tickets for $100 each. One ticket entitles its holder to one work of art. Tickets will be drawn at random during the party, giving their holders the chance to pick their piece from the wall and walk home with an amazing piece of art for a bargain. And our artists can meet their new collectors, as well as connect with the rest of the talent.

Purchase a ticket now, or visit the site to see the work"

I will have one piece in the show:
Once we lived here (PR201126-1)

I'll also be at hand during the main event (Saturday, June 18) to open my studio and show recent work, including including many affordable items for sale!
Untitled (PR20110216-1)

"Forest 1" (PR20110302-1)
I hope to see you there!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Adventures in Printmaking, and an upcoming event

Recently, I've been delving into various printmaking techniques. I've been experimenting with drypoint, etching, and relief printing -- both linocut and woodcut -- and will continue to explore this vein of work in the coming months. Here are some examples of what I've been up to so far:

Genius Loci (PR20110202-1)
This piece (above), titled "Genius loci" is a drypoint. Drypoint is an intaglio technique in which a sharp steel needle, diamond point or other hard stone tool is used to scratch an image directly onto the surface of the plate. No acids or anything like that needed (hence "dry" point; acid would be "wet"). Traditionally, copper and zinc plates are used, but this piece (and the second drypoint below, were drawn on styrene plates).

Untitled (PR20110216-1)
This untitled piece above is an example of a copper etching. A copper plate is coated with a special waxy ground, and then lines are drawn on the ground, revealing the copper underneath. Then, the plate is dipped in an acid bath. The acid reacts with the exposed copper creating grooves. The ground is then removed, and then through the press it goes!

"Forest 1" (PR20110302-1)
Then we have woodcut, a form of "relief" printing. And here (above) we have something even more magical -- a reduction woodcut. The image above, titled "Forest 1" (or more elaborately, "The wood speaks of home") was made with three separate impressions. All three impressions were made from the same plate, as I carved more wood out. So there was no turning back!

Here is the final state of the plate, printed alone.

Lady Slipper
This recently completed piece is a linocut done in one impression. Expect to see more relief printing from me in the near future!

Once we lived here (PR201126-1)
This last piece, a drypoint printing titled "Once, we lived here" will appear in Brooklyn Artists Gym's 50/50 Fundraising event, Saturday, June 18. Be sure to order your tickets for the event and come see all of the wonderful art at BAG! I'll also be on hand to show folks around my studio filled with my latest work. The web is great, but all of this art looks so much better in person!