PRINTFEVER

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.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Fall 2014 Begins! D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.




PrintFools!
Printmaking Fall 2014 begins with a TEST

1). Is Paul Gauguin Printmaker or Painter?

Answer =  Both


Print:

Paul Gauguin, Noa Noa, 1893-94.

Paint:
 
D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.


2). Do you speak French?  What does the title below mean?
D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.

Answer =  Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?


3). Answer the questions below:
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
  (D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.)

 Answer =  
 Where Do We Come From? 
 (This is you waiting to get into the PrintShop)


Harry Gottlieb

(Waiting for Work), c.1935

lithograph



 What Are We?
 (This is you - Arriving this week and ready to work your butt to the bone all semester)



Gottlieb, Harry (1895-1992) -

1941 Going to Work

SilkScreen

Where Are We Going?
(This is you - Drunk on Print Love, Pain and Sweat and Blood)



Drunken Silenusa, 1628, Jose de Ribera (1591 â 1652). Etching and engraving 270 x 347 mm.

 
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Your New Revised Revised Revised Revised, Revised ,Revised, Revised Very Green Course Syllabus

Course Name...Printmaking ART 218 318, 413, 419, 425: 001, 002
Semester...Fall 2014
Time... 8:50 -11:20/M&W/(sec 1)TuTh 9:25AM - 11:55AM
/(sec 2)
Location... Print Shop
Instructor: Joel Elgin Office X 8839 jelgin @uwlax.edu
http://printfever.blogspot.com/
Studio/Office – M: 1:15 – 2:15: Tuesday/ Thursday: 9:00 - 9:25. 12:00-12:30 or by appointment
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Objective
The Student Will Be Introduced To Intaglio & Woodcut In Section 218. In 318 Litho Is The Media. In 418 The Media Will Focus On Color, Including The Techniques Of  Mono-Print & Serigraphy. In 419,425 The Student Will Continue Her/His Creative Research By Addressing Technical And Aesthetic Issues In The Discipline. All Sections Will Consist Of Historical/Studio Exploration; Concurrently Students Will Apply The Technical, Theoretical Knowledge Gained To His/Her Own Content.

Methodology
Intensive Studio Exploration, Demonstration, Gallery Museum Field Trips, Lecture, Video, Group, In Progress And Individual Critiques, Shop Labors, Coffee, Snack Time and Numerous Theme Days

Assessment
The Final Grade Will Be Determined By Applying The Following Criteria:
(Note: Assessment Sheet)
1. Subjective
-The Content Of The Work Produced
2. Technical Application
-The Application Of The Technical Material Learned In Class
3. Attendance:
Two Tardies = One Absence (attendance is taken each day)
Two Absences = Grade Lowers One Level
Three Absences = Grade Lowers One More Level
Four Absences _ You Flunk (this is very serious – if you cant accept this policy please withdraw from the course. You will be expected to remain in the shop during class and to participate in all shop experiences.

(YOU MAY DRAW AT ANY TIME IN CLASS BUT DOING WORK FROM LESSER CLASSES IS FORBIDDEN)

4. Shop experiences:
Critiques, classroom discussions and positive constructive participation are all vital to an active atelier. Your energy/input is essential and required. Negativity will poison the atelier for everyone. You will receive a separate grade for Shop experiences.

5. Out Of Class Work:
It Is Required That You Arrange At least Six Out Of Class Studio Hours A Week. This Time Will Be Spent (And Logged In) In The Print Shop. Your grade will be lowered if you do not meet this requirement.  You will receive a separate grade for Outside of Class Shop Time.

 You may NOT work in the shop at the following times.
  • Friday Mornings: until 1PM (don’t bug me about this, don’t whine about it – its always been in place so schedule accordingly)
  • During class that you are not enrolled in. M/W AM types cant work during T/TH class and vise versa (I might change my mind about this though)

Blog Work: You must read/post comments on the blog each week before the W class. Your FINAL course grade will be lowered one mark for every two misses. Pop blog quizzes WILL occur throughout the semester. You WILL archive a collection of printmakers who influence you and be prepared to discuss them

Shop/Labor Work: YOUR shop has been called the “cleanest” printshop by nearly every academic reviewer, visiting artist that has visited UWL. You will be assigned your very own individual labor for the semester and you WILL  complete your labor each class day. As Shop Maintenance is a part of the function of the Atelier you will receive a grade for Shop Maintenance work.

Materials:
You Have Paid A Shop Fee That Covers Most Materials. Additional will be explained.

"Any student with a document disability (physical, sensory, psychological, AD/HD, current or former military service member with wounded warrior status) who needs reasonable accommodations must register with Disability Resource Services, 165 Murphy Library, 608-785-6900, at the beginning of the semester. It is also the student's responsibility to discuss his or her needs with me in a timely manner."

"Students must know and scrupulously follow UW-L policies regarding academic honesty. Information about these policies may be found at http:/www.uwlax.edu/murphylibrary/research/html.



 Get those Brand New Baby PrintFools signed up here and on Facebook.... Big Fools.... you better be reading this, and commenting.

BPJ












Sunday, June 29, 2014

DAVID LYNCH







 Flying Woman
http://www.artspace.com/davidlynch/flying-woman 



"...David Lynch described how he felt about the process of printmaking: "It has the same sort of excitement as when you go to the photo shop to get your pictures back. Even though you took them, they never come out exactly the way you see them through the camera. There is always some sort of surprise, and that's the way it is with printmaking. With action and reaction exciting things begin to happen."..."

DAVID LYNCH at ARTspace

 http://www.artspace.com/davidlynch

DAVID LYNCH at Tandem

http://www.tandempress.wisc.edu/artists/lynch/list.html 

IDEM PARIS by DAVID LYNCH 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_VKCjeMzhg

DAVID LYNCH at PAFA

http://www.pafa.org/davidlynch/

DAVID LYNCH at Kayne Griffin

http://www.kaynegriffincorcoran.com/exhibition/view/58/naming/

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PRINTERESTING.org ...tying so many printmakers together it's ridiculous!


Fellow printmakers of thy heart,

staying connected to what's going down in the print world can be challenging (as we all live busy lives). No doubt all of us have our "favorite" sites and printmakers we gravitate toward...but we crave more, yes? We want our fingers on the pulse of emerging printmakers, techniques, and haps!

PRINTERESTING.org & the University of Iowa's Printmaking Program

Check out Printeresting.org if you haven't already. The three founders of the site met and studied printmaking together at the University of Iowa and received their MFA's in 2002. There's a great article/interview on the art21 blog about it (see excerpt below or click on link to read full article)

http://blog.art21.org/2012/08/03/ink-seriously-printeresting-an-interview-with-the-founders/#.U6xlX2RdWK8

Also, check out their links page.  http://www.printeresting.org/links/


PRINTERESTING.org & Kitchen Lithography 


Shout out to Kirky B. He reminded me about this site a few years ago while I was testing out the processes of "Kitchen Lithography," a process created by an MFA French printmaker named Émilie Aizier. Aizier came up with a non-toxic lithography process using simple kitchen ingredients to ensure people would be able to always print, regardless of being connected to a print studio or shop. Aizier is incredibly generous. She contacted me after finding some of my kitchen lithography online. We keep in touch and she answers questions and is a wonderful resource (if you should chose to contact her).


Kitchen Litho (step-by-step instructions) on Printzeal (my blog) - http://printzeal.blogspot.com/2011/12/kitchen-litho.html

Kitchen Litho - Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2w0IFm7JOY   - Emilie Aizier's video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6D6ymjtd0E   - My video (featuring our very own Bonno & Kirky B)

find something new on Printeresting and post any comments


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Print Games!





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Hot Cockles sounds like the name of something you buy at a food truck that is absolutely delicious and greatly shortens your life expectancy. Turns out only the second part is true. This is a Victorian-era variation of everyone’s favorite classic Blind Man’s Bluff, because apparently it was such a good game that it needed spin-offs. One person sits in a chair while the main player puts their head in their lap. One by one, everyone else comes up behind them and kicks them. The object of the game is for the guy being kicked to correctly guess who just kicked him. If he gets it right, the person he identified is the new punching bag. Sometimes the simplest things are the most memorable, but if you can’t manage to remember, the bruises will help.

http://listverse.com/2013/01/29/10-weird-parlour-games-played-before-tv-existed/


A game for  you FOOLS:

Babies - start clicking and reading, then write:

http://printshopofhistory.blogspot.com/2007/01/earliest-images-search-is-on-st.html

http://printshopofhistory.blogspot.com/2008/11/jacques-callot-1592-1635.html

http://printshopofhistory.blogspot.com/2008/11/rembrant-1606-1669.html

http://printfever.blogspot.com/2011/10/jacques-callot-francisco-jose-de-goya.html


 Big Kids! - click below, explore and write about your newly discovered printmaking hero:

http://printshopofhistory.blogspot.com/



Saturday, June 21, 2014

May the prints of William Kentridge shine fiercely on our print-heads like the hot scorching sun!

Summer Printmaking 2014 - By any means necessary (print-fools)...we shall PRINT LIKE THE WIND!

The prints of WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

Telephone Lady (2000)
Linocut on rice paper and canvas
Image and paper 216 x 120 x 203 cm
© the artist (2011)


Ubu Tells the Truth (1996-7)
Etching with soft ground, aquatint and drypoint
Image 25 x 30 cm
© the artist (2011)

...more prints by Kentridge



...William Kentridge and "The Nose" Opera & Etchings



- don't forget to comment below and share your thoughts about his work -

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Nap time for PrintFever



Time for PrintFever to nap for the summer (but not on the couch of evil deeds):



One final quiz... 

Who are the two fools on the evil couch and which one if going to Grad School to study Printmaking at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and which one is going to Stony Brook University. 

Extra credit to the first of you who remembers how these two are related.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Killing the semester off...




By these arms the monster of Nemea lies crushed; upon this neck I upheld the sky!

—Hercules, in Ovid, Metamorphoses:197–198



Gird Your Loins PrintFools! 
Your labors are nearly finished and that means another semester needs to be put to rest. 

Are you... 
Hercules (Herakles in Greek) or the
Nemean Lion? 

A little quiz... match the engraving with the artist:











Hans Sebald Beham
German, 1500-1550
Hercules And The Nemean Lion, From The Labors Of Hercules, 1548

Antonio Tempesta
Italian (Florence, Italy 1555 - 1630 Rome, Italy)
Hercules And The Nemean Lion, 1608

Hercules And The Nemean Lion
Adamo (Ghisi) Scultori (Italian, Mantua Ca. 1530–1587 Rome)

Giovanni Antonio Da Brescia
Hercules And The Nemean Lion

Hercules Strangling The Nemean Lion
Andreani, Andrea, Born 1558 -

Hercules Killing The Nemean Lion; Reverse Copy After Aldegrever (New Hollstein E.84)
 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Louisa Chase


PrintFools,
Just when you start to think you are as cool as art types can be... (I mean you are showing at Root Note right now and you will be the stars of this weeks Creative Imperatives, with your fancy t-shirt and thong printing performance, and two of you are off to Grad School) it's time to meet ultra cool Louisa Chase:


The Artist Louisa Chase, 1985
pswb©2012

 
Baby head.  Image size: 223x174mm.

 

Untitled (Heads)

Etching and Chine Colle


Look further and you will see she spent some time at Tandem in Madison (this is where we'd go if  UWL wasn't going belly up and we could afford a field trip)

 Here's another link for more info: 




And a more recent photo of Louisa Chase, obviously still cool:


Be ready for this huge week,
Ogre
 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ARTEMIO RODRIGUEZ (Born 1972, Mexico)




 PRINTFOOLS!

With the help of Artemio Rodriguez you will embrace your sins. 

Maybe even repent?



 
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Laziness (from Seven Deadly Sins).


So lets talk about "laziness". 
Have you been reading and commenting on PrintFever? Have you been putting in your extra shop hours? Have you been completing your Shop Labors?


Let's continue...





Artemio Rodriguez. No rest for the wicked, 2002. Linocut. Edition 60. 6-1/2 x 5 inches.

To save yourselves, do all of the above (including going back and reading and commenting on the posts you missed). Lets remember that this week you prepare for the RootNote exhibit by painting the frames you WILL bring in Monday and Tuesday.  Read and see more prints by Rodriques by following the links below. Baby Printmakers, pay special attention to his series:

Seven Deadly Sins, 2003
Portfolio of 9 prints:

Woodcuts of Women, 2001
Complete Set of 12 prints:

Tacambaro series, 2008

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 Finally Fools... if you found the Summer Print course info on the Facebook page here's a link:


Info for SUMMER!!!
This is listed under Education but its for all PrintFools! Spread the word and send my any questions.
http://www.uwlax.edu/conted/educatorpd/printmaking.html


Ogre




Friday, March 21, 2014

PrintFools News and Peggy Bacon






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William Merritt Chase. The Court Jester. Etching Signed l.l., plate 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches (image) 12 x 9 inches (paper)

PrintFools!

You've returned from a week of going SpringBreakWild and are hopefully realizing that very little time remains in the semester!

Huge pieces of news for you to worry over:





Peggy Bacon (American, 1895-1987). “Aesthetic Pleasure”, drypoint, 1936. (Ref: Flint 126). Titled and signed in pencil, from the edition of 174

check out these two links to see more Peggy Bacon:



The RootNote Exhibit is coming up fast...



Frames need to be found this week and painted next week.

We install on April 6, 2014 in the evening.

The RootNote Party is 4/23/14




Summer Printmaking News!!



Summer Printmaking Atelier

A summer printmaking course is being offered at UWL for beginning through advanced printmakers, interested in intaglio, relief, lithography, serigraphy, mono print and letter press. The course is particularly designed for teachers who wish to immerse themselves in a fully equipped studio with a highly motivated group of artists.



The course dates:      June 23 - July 3



The daily schedule:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm m,t,w,th,f = Instruction

                                    12:00 pm - Open Studio m,t,w,th,f,s,s


For more information please contact:

Lynn Weiland

Coordinator for Summer School and J-term





Sunday, March 09, 2014

Black Church Print Studio Dublin. National Gallery of Irealnd



PrintFools!
I'm sending you to my favorite place to spend 
St. Patricks Day and Spring Break:

Ireland

1st go to Black Church Print Studio in Dublin

http://vimeo.com/86620786






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GRAINNE DOWLING

'Resting', 1989, Aquatint & Soft Ground, Edition of 5, 13 x 13 cm.


Then go to one of my favorite places:

The National Gallery of Ireland






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Margo McNulty, Irish

Icon (after Paolo Uccello 'The Virgin and Child' c.1440), 1998

Etching on fabriano rosaspino avorio paper




Saturday, February 22, 2014

ABOUT YOUR SUMMER...



Summer is in the air PrintFools!





 Your summer plans are now made!  July will feature the 1st Summer Print class in years. Imagine an all print media rave featuring returning PrintFool alumni and a Root Note exhibit.

After spending Friday morning with the Maintenance dudes... the printshop finally has heat! Now, be prepared for the summer like high heat that will bake you for the rest of the term.


 SummerPrints:



Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903)
Auti Te Pape (Women at the River) from Noa Noa (Fragrance)
1893–1894
Woodcut



Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt Etching,
Les Baigneurs (The Bathers), 1651



Eric Fischl
Untitled from set of 4 (1990)
aquatint



Eric Fischl
Rays
aquatint



Max Liebermann
Strandszene Radierung
etching




vol. 4 of the Hokusai Manga, showing bathing and diving people.




Paul Cézanne: The Bathers  lithograph

 stay tuned for more info on the AprilFools Print Exhibit at the Root Note and the Art Week Performance...



Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dancing Monkeys, drypoints and new litho magic...




Dancing Monkeys, drypoints and new litho magic...



One of our hero Byron's bad monkeys.



BabyPrintmakers!
You're off to Crown Point this week to see how Nathan Oliveira works the drypoint:




Baboon (Black) 1994


drypoint with aquatint


32½x 28½

click below for a little more:

http://www.crownpoint.com/artists/oliveira



AND...
Little Printmakers and Big Printmakers need to know Jacques Callot. 

Be prepared little printmakers to follow this new guide. And be 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. Drypoint

...and pain.  
Jacques Callot
French, 1592-1635
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, n.d. Etching

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 Etching


 And from our own Shop a new chant rings as lithos are printed...



Dance Monkey Dance!






A little history of paper...

Once upon a time - One thousand nine hundred years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXNFq1bUoT8&list=PL6ECB7DAF9577F5ED&index=23

And then, sort of like Fievel (but mostly not at all like Fievel) , paper came west...

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/educator/modules/gutenberg/invention/papermaking/



Warrington Colescott
Senefelder Receives the Secrets of Lithography, from the series A History of Printmaking
1976
color intaglio on paper plate: 21 7/8 x 27 3/4 in. (55.6 x 70.5)


A little history on Litho...

 The Father of all Litho Heads:




If you are a dedicated Litho Head you will read this:



If you arent you are an...

Paul Gavarni (1804-1866), Enfant Terrible, 1833. Lithograph.