The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Half way through hell...

  “Only mystics, clowns and artists, in my experience, speak the truth...”
Malcolm Muggeridge,

Goya exposed Fools in society and lampooned them with no  mercy. He believed:" ... art should ultimately make a difference. He uses his position as illustrado to lampoon, satirize and pillory various institutions, practises and commonly held beliefs..."

 Since I am in a RAGE, I would react in a less civilized manner. I'd throw them from my restaurant!!!

(go here and read AND READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE  )


Might Not the Pupil Know More? (Caprichos, no. 37: Si sabrá mas el discipulo?),

There They Go Plucked. (Caprichos, no. 20: Ya van desplumados.),

 and here for more:

And its time to embrace Otto and  "artistic social responsibility".  Dix followed the example of Goya and made the world aware of the effects of decisions made by fools....

Night-time encounter with a madman [Nachtliche Begegnung mit einem Irrsinnigen]
“A man never knew what he'd encounter on night patrol. Here Dix finds a madman who roams the rubble. It's not clear to which army he's assigned. His uniform is shredded along with his mind. The man represents an indirect threat. In this state, he can't harm an experienced soldier but he can draw the attention of those who can...”

Unterstand [Dugout]
"Two exhausted soldiers soundly sleep. Another pair gamble money that has no value on the line. And a fifth man goes crazy as shells drop overhead ..."

Go here to see more
The Online Otto Dix Project

It's a huge last week, steam rolling and sweat and tears and probably some blood. Check your lives at the door and work your butts to the bone... time is slipping away...

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Anupam Sud

Week 1 ends but not before we celebrate our newest spiritual guide:
 Anupam Sud

"...The themes of manipulation, the relationship of power to predicament, of powerlessness and temptation, human fallibility and trappings, the masked existence of urban people, the inertia of government structures, are some of the recurrent themes that engage Anupam's thought process..." 

Read that article up there.
  Anupam Sud
The odd one (+ 3 others; 4 works)
1994 - colored etching

 Go here for more images:


Cupid Playing 4X6 Etching

Ceremony of Unmasking-3
Etching & Chin Cole, Triptych
35" x 26"

Watch this video!!! 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer Time Squared ( math term for the math heads)

Summer continues PrintFools as does the rage and the deluge of things to learn, and learn fast...

So time for Babies to meet
Jacques Callot

Be prepared little printmakers to follow this new guide. And prepared for new danger because while your sharp tools can cause damage...

Jacques Callot

French, 1592-1635

Judith with the Head of Holofernes, n.d.


...and pain. 
Jacques Callot
French, 1592-1635

The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, n.d.


A new danger will change your lives and make your dreams come true. But don't over worry, as in all print processes, if you fall, you will rise.
Jacques Callot

(French, 1592-1635)

The Resurrection of Lazarus, from The New Testament, 1635


Everyone check these links out:

Big Types! Spend a little time with Leonard Baskin as you start to carve those giant assed boards!

Self Portrait (Leonard at 76)
Man of Peace
We Lie Here Dead and His Godly Name Grows Greater and Holier
And some readings and more prints

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Its Summer Time....


Time for some history and time to be in a rage!!

St. Christopher, dated 1423

click down there:

The earliest European pictorial block prints were religious souvenirs known today as "helgen". Think about "helgen" for awhile and even more printmagic will be revealed.

Ok - look to the East and you will find:

Diamond Sutra. Cave 17, Dunhuang, ink on paper
British Library Or.8210/P.2 AD 868.

click down there:

Fill your heads with that Drypoint you Baby PrintFools! 

Drollerei Kaltnadel
... some color for you Big Fools!

Eva Maria Lupfert

...And content for you great Big Kid Fools!
Horst Janssen, "Erostod"
Radierung Nr. 7

Some Anger from Max Beckman!

 And some Litho Anger...

Sitting Man - litho
 And time to experience some printmaking RAGE!


Saturday, April 07, 2018


Are these pictures all too dark for you?
Too much black? Too much blue?
Too much squalor? Too much crime
in this landscape of our time?
Then open your eyes,
X out their lies,
and work with your minds,
your hearts, your sinews for a better world.
Evolution continues toward Freedom by any means necessary.

Read This PrintFools:

Here are more links:

dont forget to write....

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Art Hazelwood Time

Another week has arrived PrintFools!
This week bring you ART HAZELWOOD:

  The Battle of Foulujah, 2006, etching with engraving, 24” x 14”

Freedom Series, 1996, linocut , 13" x 13", 6" x 6" each square, edition of 10,
“Since 1994 Art Hazelwood has worked with homeless rights groups, creating artwork, bringing in other artists to the struggle. In 2017 he was awarded the Artwork as Revolution Award by the Coalition on Homelessness on its 30th anniversary.”


 Go through the many examples of Hazelwood prints and write down a few favorites in your NF Books.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

William Kentridge

Welcome back from Spring Break and to the semester of following printmakers who speak for the victims.

Have you thought much about the right or wrong of the  "use other peoples pain to make work"?
William Kentridge has...

Watch this video:

Now go here to learn more:

Ubu Tells the Truth
Portfolio of eight etchings
Hardground, softground, aquatint, drypoint and engraving on paper
2001-5-1, museum purchase

 And even more!


Ink | Thinking Aloud: The Prints of William Kentridge

by Sarah Kirk Hanley | Nov 5, 2010

William Kentridge, "Casspirs Full of Love," 1989/2000. Drypoint and engraving, edition of 30. Plate: 65 ¾ x 37 inches (167 x 94 cm). Published by David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg. Courtesy David Krut Projects, New York.

"Casspirs Full of Love (1989/2000) is a monumental drypoint and engraving that Kentridge created in response to outbreaks of violence under apartheid rule. A casspir is a South African military vehicle that was used to subdue demonstrators, and the title comes from a mother’s words to her son serving in the military that Kentridge heard on the radio"

See ya this week!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sigmund Abeles

Printfools... this week check out another printmaker who speaks for the victims:

Sigmund Abeles

"Gift of America Series #3: Vietnam, Helicopters with Kids" 1967,
etching & aquatint, 23 5/8 x 15 7/8, edition

Running Mother with Falling Baby or "Gift of America Series, Napalm #2"
Soft ground color etching,
1966. 23 5/8 x 15 1/2" (588 x 395 mm

Woman in Napalm or "Gift of America Series, #2 (Napalm)."
Soft ground color etching,
1966. 23 5/8 x 15 1/2" (588 x 395 mm)

"...Sigmund Abeles was in his New York City apartment on Sept. 11, 2001, when the planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The chaos that ensued was eerily familiar, reminiscent of a time during the Vietnam War nearly four decades earlier which the artist had depicted in a print. "The atmosphere in that print is very similar to the atmosphere in the city that day," says Abeles, who taught art at UNH for nearly two decades. Created from news photographs, "Gift of America" portrays the delivery of the deadly "gift" of napalm..."
And since you Baby Printmakers are working on line etch and aquatint check out how Sigmund Abeles uses these new tricks of yours to perfection.

Hey all Printmakers, speaking of perfection - go visit the link below

Hey, go here as well:

Remember this is the week we prepare for Mike Houston.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

PrintFools Valentines Day is this Wed!!!

PrintFools Valentines Day is this Wed!!!
Precious valentines will be presented, epic poems will be read, massive amounts of treats will be consumed, tears (of joy or pain?) will certainly flow and of course much more will be learned. 

Venus Whipping Cupid with Roses, early 17th century
Giovanni Luigi Valesio (Italian, 1583?–1633)
7 15/16 x 5 1/4 in. (20.2 x 13.4 cm

Poor Venus's tries to discipline bad baby Cupid, with no help from a satyr (the embodiment of lust). In Italian the inscription reads: love is not so easily chastised. 


Psyche mit der Lampe, by Max Klinger

The love affair between Cupid and Psyche is one of the best known classical myths, recounted in the Latin novel The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Cupid, lover of the mortal Psyche, forbids her to cast eyes upon him and visits her only at night. Disobeying him, Psyche holds a light over his sleeping body, for which she is punished by Aphrodite.
Beware PrintFools, the week will demand the learning of new skills and some sort of balance of head and heart. 
Here is an early valentine for you all... a little video made by Thomas Edison, watch carefully, because if you perform the dance best...  you might win.... Baby, Ado, or Big Kid of the Day!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Goya's Disasters of War

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

"Disasters of War"

  Sad forebodings of what is going to happen... Plate 1

 They Are Like Wild Beasts...Plate 5

 Ravages of war... Plate 30

- Ravages of war

Go to Grinnell to see them all :

Also read those essays, written by some smart student types from a very cool school.

Here's an example that builds on our question from last week...

"Despite titles of prints like I saw it through which the artist seems to claim his role as viewer and documenter, it remains unclear whether Goya actually witnessed the events he depicts or used his artistic skills to invent them.  The degree to which Goya’s invented realities document specific incidents that actually happened, or not, is immaterial, for there is no doubt that events like those Goya depicts occurred; what matters, rather, is how Goya forces the viewer into the position of witness. "
 Audrey Coffield & Megan Drechsel



Friday, January 26, 2018

Bellows' "War Series"


 We continue our search to find new printmaking guides who take us to the "victims".

Bellows' "War Series"

Barricade, 1918

George Wesley Bellows

American, 1882-1925

Lithograph on cream Japanese paper, laid down on cream wove paper

434 x 742 mm (image); 479 x 787 mm (primary support); 611 x 814 mm (secondary support)

Gift of William T. Cresmer, 1950.1651

"In this scene, American realist painter George Bellows constructed a terrifying scenario of German World War I forces using naked civilians as human shields. Though he never saw war firsthand, Bellows’s engagement with the subject grew from documentary reports on the atrocities reported in the American press. Reportedly, this image and the one that accompanies it, Bacchanale, were both based on eyewitness accounts from the 1915 Bryce Report, which recorded hundreds of stories of the German invasion of Belgium in August 1914. The testimonies published in the Bryce Report’s 320-page Appendix A included some sensationalist accounts of mutilations and rapes for which there is no other evidence. The series War, which chronicled these crimes, consisted of 5 oil paintings, 20 lithographic prints, and more than 30 related drawings. In this image, the sharp Picklehauben helmets, heavy uniforms, and gleaming bayonet contrast with the soft vulnerability of exposed human flesh. The exaggeratedly large arms and hands of the victims, which are raised to the sky, call attention to their subjugation and acquiescence."

Murder of Edith Cavell
(1918) Lithograph mounted on heavy weight paper Print
20-1/8 x 26 inches
51.2 x 66 cm.
Image: 18-3/4 x 24-3

British Red Cross nurse Edith Cavell was found guilty of helping wounded Allied soldiers to escape and was executed by firing squad October 12, 1915, despite international protest.

Go to Harvard to Look at Bellows' "War Series":

Look at his source, "The Bryce Report":

 As you look, read and think ask yourself if Bellow's distance from the atrocity makes his prints less valid?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Return to WAR Printfools!

Somehow the world hasn't healed itself while we were on break fools.

We can't ignore it and so we must devour it, choke and be sick... and then we must make prints about it, recalling that Picasso said, "art is is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy."

This semester we continue to explore the work of printmakers who used the poison of the world around them to make prints steeped in artistic social responsibility.

George Grosz

American, born Germany. 1893–1959

“It was my first encounter with the works of the German artist George Grosz, when I was in my twenties, which showed me that drawing need not just be a space-filler in a newspaper: in the hands of an honest man, drawing could be a weapon against evil….Look at [his drawings] and you know the world is sick. You may say that he was sick too — but it is a common mistake to believe that sick drawings indicate a sick mind, rather than a reflective indictment of society. His drawings scream indelibly of human depravity; they are an eloquently barbaric response to life and death, right through the First World War and into the wild, helpless excesses of 1920s Berlin, which rotted away the lives of all those caught up in its suicidal glee.”

—Ralph Steadman

George Grosz, German (1893-1959)

Die Zivilisation Marschiert (Civilization Marches On), from the portfolio of 64 prints

entitled "Interregnum,” 1936


And for this week:

 "The Queen of Badass"

by Mike Houston

18" x 24" woodcut/letterpress
on Heavyweight White Paper


Woodcutting printmaker Bridget Henry demonstrates:
The Reduction Woodcut:

 Baby Printmakers!

 PIOTR SZUREK, Poland,  "SELF PORTRAIT", 65x50cm

 watch this video to prepare for Mike!
Michael Houston

“Mistakes Were Made.”

"I’d like to collaborate with you and your students on an animated short (approx. 60-sec) tentatively called “Mistakes Were Made.”

The goal is to create a fun, hopefully Instagrammable collaborative drawing-based animation that comments on the disjointed relationship technology creates between the real and digital worlds, mostly made out of...cardboard. And involving poop emoji. "

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Alina Szapocznikow

This week you get to meet ...
Alina Szapocznikow

Alina was a sculptor but thankfully I found a few prints so that she could be introduced to you on this printmaking blog. 

Read every word you can about her - look at every work she made, even those that aren't prints. You wont be sorry!

Alina Szapocznikow

“During the German occupation, she spent the years 1940-1942 with her mother in the Pabianice ghetto (her father died in 1938). From there she was transferred to the Łódź ghetto, and then - via Auschwitz - to the camps of Bergen-Belsen and Teresienstadt in Czechoslovakia. After the war she decided to study sculpture.”

"Szapocznikow (pronounced shuh-POTCH-ni-koff) was born in 1926 to a family of non-practising Jews and as a teenager was interned in the ghetto of Łódź, then briefly sent to Auschwitz before spending nearly a year in Bergen-Belsen. Separated from her family, she made her way to Prague after the war – and was shocked to discover that her mother had also survived. After studies in Prague and Paris, she was recalled to the new People's Republic of Poland and began making sculptures in a socialist realist style."