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.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Where we are and where we are going and why

Life begins again in the SHOP OF LOVE.
Ready?
The social/political events of our time have touched the shop with a cold and clammy hand.


the cost of our beloved copper and the cost of shipping has doubled in price as the world finds other uses:


This is the year of action , the year of "Social Artistic Responsibility"
(artists believe they can improve society through art)
The Republican-attack
Gillray, James, 1757-1815
26 x 36 cm

Our litho and intaglio semester will be an embrace of the social artistic responsibility. Our final prints will journey via THE HOTPLATE to be critiqued by:
Katherine W. Hart
Associate Director and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming at the Hood Museum at Dartmouth.



Nels and Maggie returned from Africa. Read their blogs, they are ready to change the world. And if you need any more reason to make the planet a better place read about Mandy


18 comments:

Trin said...

I just happened to check the blog tonight to find you posted earlier today. :0) I look forward to reading Nels’ and Maggies’ blogs in their entirety. (Congratulations to Mandy!) So, it’s the year of “Social Artistic Responsibility” is it? My mind has been mulling over various ideas over the summer and at least one of my stronger ones might just be able to play a part in this theme. Hmm… off to ponder in the realm of creativity influenced by the world around you, me, and them over there….

libbyhansen said...

Like Trin, I decided to check the blog today and update mine since the end of last semester. Social Artistic Responsibility has over the past few months found its way into my life, so needless to say, I am thrilled about the task ahead. Can't wait to see everyone this week and want to hear where everyone is going to take this challenge. Pay it forward...

Meagan said...

I am also excited to start off the new semester with the Social Artistic Responsibility and to see everyone again after the summer break!

Bec★ said...

bring on the babies! im so excited to hear of summer adventures from everyone! i need to get my hands dirty....see u all very soon

Heather Lynn said...

YAY! cannot wait until tomorrow! I too have been brainstorming all summer! See all you loves later!

beth said...

hello friends.. many ideas in my head and presumely the rest of yours will equal a rockin term.. fun fun fun

DaniL said...

Hey everyone! I stopped into the shop today but nobody was up there. I can't wait to get started! And the whole idea of social artistic responsibility is pretty much right up my alley-it's going to be awesome to see what everyone does with it.

I just posted some paintings and stuff on my blog, too, if anyone wants to take a look. I still haven't got everything from the archives up yet. I slacked this summer in that respect. Oh well...

lachness said...

SOOOOO excited for this year! Litho seems like entirely different world,but with the same great people, and i'm ready to learn alot! I will be working on updating my blog and improving the grammer from my travel blog! I look forward to seeing everyone!!

Jumpy said...

Hello Everyone! I am very excited to see what this semester brings. Especially when BPJ is out of the room.

amber said...

Hello All. It's so great to be back! I can't wait to get this semester rolling. All the news from Nels and Maggie is making me what to go abroad more than ever! I think it's the perfect time for me to be thinking about social artistic responsibility and I can't wait to see what everyone has up their sleeve!

profJ said...

Hey!

We need to postpone the Monday Themeday - sorry. Its a huge work day for the babies

erin said...

Hello everyone!! I was so glad to have met you all this week! I'm definitely looking forward working with all of you and learning...and enjoying yummy snacks. : ) I'm not exactly sure what's going to happen for me and the Social Artistic Responsibility theme, but I guess we'll find out. See you all on Monday!
Oh, and I wanted to post a huge THANK YOU to Nels for sharing on Wednesday! I loved hearing about your experiences. BPJ recommended that I study abroad in South Africa last year...I thought is he insane?!? But after hearing your experiences, I'm actually considering it! I'll check out more on the blogs! Thanks again!!

mao said...

I've heard of the buddha story before in history but we didn't talk about any prints of the diamond sutra. I should share this with my high school history teacher when I go back home to visit. Oh, I think I had my work out of the week from grinding my litho stone, it was hard work.

mao said...

This is probably a stupid question. Who is Mandy? I'm not sure that I've met her before.

Lisa said...

"Where we are and where we are going and why" ---Provocative question with no easy answers. The best answer would probably be ---we are in the shop to make prints that change minds. Some days we are in the shop to eat Nels' delicious cakes. Perhaps we could do both? And clean like the wind?
Miss you all like crazy. Save some shop cleaning for me. I can take on some dirt and grim...just not during class hours.

DaniL said...

Hey Joel, I found Chela Mertz's website. Bummer she doesn't have any of the stuff that she was showing at Art fair on the green because that was pretty fucking mindblowing, but everything she's got up here is interesting as well.

Here's the link: http://www.mwt.net/~mertzsb/

Hiccup said...

Hello.

I'm still getting used to navigating this thing. I don't really know where my blogs are needed and how relevant they need to be. Am I even in the right place? I'm so confused. All I know is I don't want to get docked participation points for not trying. So here I am. I guess I can start out by saying that I worked on my first piece... the one related to a body part. I'm trying to explain the techniques, but I'm lacking the proper vocabulary right now. Well, until next time.

Ever so confused...
Stacy *Hiccup*

NicholMarie said...

Hey everyone: I just received step by step lessons from our beloved professor on how to post... and so here I am. So far I would like to say that I LOVE printmaking- to be honest I thought I was going to absolutely hate it- as it turns out I rather enjoy dipping things in acid!

good day