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.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Andrew Levitsky

Fools! Found another printmaker who obviously sweats while making prints. Check out the use of muscle and be inspired...

Locomotive I by Andrew Levitsky, No. 0050 Intaglio, 2008, 21 x 65 cm / 8" x 26"

"Andrew Levitsky was born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine. From 1986 – 1996 he studied in the Ukrainian Academy of Fine Arts, becoming a Master in Graphic Arts. Since his student days he has actively participated in prestigious international competitions in different fields of graphic arts. His countrywide and international success is evidenced as well by the fact that he is the winner of 14 international awards.
Levitsky uses intaglio technique which includes different ways of work with metal – etching drypoint, engraving, mezzotint and aquatint. The methods he uses allow him to create complicated, expressive artworks, often filled with subtle symbolic meaning. His multiple talents and remarkable skills rely on the best traditions of graphic arts and therefore his artistic preoccupations are connected with a wide range of topics: nature, adventure, tribute to the great leaps in technology, science and art."

My Island by Andrew Levitsky, No. 0201 Intaglio, 2013, 34 x 41 cm / 13" x 16"

München, Tokyo & London by Andrew Levitsky, No. 0243 Intaglio, 2012, 42 x 39 cm / 17" x 15"

 Popcorn and movie time!



Sunday, February 24, 2019

Michiko HAMADA

Big Week Ahead Fools!

On the heels of the huge critique days it's time for the Big's to start exploiting those prints. Time to beat that cooper and wood up. So, on that note.... how teh hell were these done?

Michiko HAMADA

`17,image size :77x80cm,ed.10,woodblock print 

¡Æ16,image size: 91x88cm,ed.10,woodblock

17,image size: 12.5x17cm,ed.20,woodblock print

16,image size: 13x18cm,ed.20,woodblock 



Saturday, February 09, 2019

Shin Taga

 Shin Taga

Meet a new spiritual guide as you envision, and then create prints based on what rough creatures might eventually emerge from the bombed out wasteland outside of the CFA after some ones stubby little fingers pressed the button releasing the nukes. 

 Hit the links below for more....

And!!! the long awaited week of love looms:
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 her bad baby Cupid, with no help from a satyr (the embodiment of lust). In Italian the inscription reads: love is not so easily chastised. 
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 you will all perform the following traditional printmaking valentines day dance...


Sunday, February 03, 2019

Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010).

PrintFools! Meet your newest Spiritual Guide…. Louise Bourgeois.

 Plate 8 of 9 from the illustrated book Ode à Ma Mère. 1995.

Louise Bourgeois will lead us deeper into our semester of BESTIARIES

plural noun: bestiaries
1. a descriptive or anecdotal treatise on various real or mythical kinds of animals, especially a medieval work with a moralizing tone.

“…Grandeur aside, Louise Bourgeois’s spiders showcase a superlative understanding of female complexity. Strength, fear, anxiety, and pride converge in a mighty symbol of the artist’s lengthy practice; but the large-scale sculptures and installations she’s renowned for began as small, powerful prints…

Spider, from the illustrated book, He Disappeared into Complete Silence, second edition. 2001–02. Seven of 17 evolving versions and states, plates: approx.

Untitled, plate 5 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère 1995"Ode to My Mother"          

Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, and plate 1 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis
 GO here right now! The MOMA has given us an amazing site to see prints and books:

 Babies! What the hell is a drypoint? Stay tuned....

 DLPT's color time!

Woodcutting printmaker Bridget Henry demonstrates:
The Reduction Woodcut:

Malaquias Montoya -
Mujer zapatista/Zapatista Woman

 And for the Mediocre and Biggies:

Artist: Mauricio Lasansky
Argentinian - American, 1914 - 2012
Title: Lady in Blue
Name: Print
Date: 1967
Medium: Color intaglio: etching engraving and drypoint, soft ground, aquatint, electric stripper. Three plates: one master copper plate which is the length of the print, and two color plates
Dimensions: 75 9/16 x 25 5/8 in. (191.9 x 65.1 cm)


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Time to return PrintFools. You bad Monkeys!


You are officially welcomed back by a Bad Monkey!

 Pablo Picasso
Le Singe

sugar-lift aquatint and drypoint

22.5 Width (cm)

28 Height (cm)


I know, it's actually a baboon, but considering the series of prints called the Buffon's L'Histoire Naturelle is based on the volumes, Histoire Naturelle by George-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon. Accuracy is not the most important element in play here. Among other horrible qualities, Buffon had a reputation for never personally examining any wild animal he described. 

See more on Buffon: 

See more from Pablo Picasso's portfolio/ series of 31 etched plates:

 Oh, and know this song...

"...I was lyin' in a burnt out basement
With the full moon in my eye
I was hopin' for a replacement
When the sun burst through the sky
There was a band playin' in my head
And I felt like getting high
Thinkin' about what a friend had said, I was hopin' it was a lie
Thinkin' about what a friend had said, I was hopin' it was a lie..."

 See you all Tuesday.


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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Ben Shahn

“The artist must operate on the assumption that the public consists in the highest order of individual—that he is civilized, cultured, and highly sensitive both to emotional and intellectual contexts, and while the whole public most certainly does not consist in that sort of individual, still the tendency of art is to create such a public—to lift the level of perceptivity, to increase and enrich the average individual's store of values.” 

Ben Shahn (American, 1898-1969), Stefan Martin, engraver (American, b. 1936)
Martin Luther King, 1966,  Wood engraving on Japan paper

    You Have Not Converted a Man Because You Have Silenced Him
    Ben Shahn
    1968 offset lithograph on paper 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thanksgiving Week - political timeout. Rolf Nesch

Because its Thanksgiving Week, I'm giving you a political timeout. 
So eat your turducken and watch Rolf...

Self-Portrait with tophat
250x175 mm
Photo: Jacques Lathion, Nasjonalgalleriet Oslo

Photo: Jacques Lathion, Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

More Rolf ....

Find some inspiration in Rolf, but don't be trying any of this metal madness in the shop or you are dead meant just like your tuduckens or your tofuckduckens



Saturday, November 03, 2018

Art Is... The Permanent Revolution

Art Is... The Permanent Revolution

A short trailer for you this week PrintFools. I want you to have plenty of time to go and vote!

Plate III: The Polling, February 1758. Third state.
Here is a polling booth on election day. All classes of men are being led up to cast a vote, described as an imbecile, a prisoner, and so on. Britannia is seen in her coach on the right, about to turn over because her coachmen are playing cards. All the nation’s efforts are directed to bribery and gambling, rather than for the good of the people.

Now on to the trailer...

“The anger and outrage captured by graphic artists have defined revolutions through the centuries. Printmakers have depicted the human condition in all its glories and struggle so powerfully that perceptions, attitudes and politics have been dramatically influenced. And the value and impact of this art is even more important today. In the new documentary, ART IS... THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION, three contemporary American artists and a master printer help explain the dynamic sequences of social reality and protest. Among the wide range of 60 artists on display are Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Kollwitz, Dix, Masereel, Grosz, Gropper, and Picasso. While their stirring graphics sweep by, the making of an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph unfolds before our eyes, as the contemporary artists join their illustrious predecessors in creating art of social engagement.”