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, September 28, 2007

William Hogarth. Are you Tom or Moll?


William Hogarth
A Harlot's Progress


William Hogarth reveals the effects of society and effects of the sloven self with a satirical social eye. Look through both series and you wont have to actually attend the Octoberfest “trainwreck” to experience innocence corrupted, jail, syphilis or the madhouse. I am sure all of your alumni print sisters and brothers regret wasting a minute on the vomit, urine drenched Octoberfest streets when they could have been in the Shop of Love.

32 comments:

mao said...

wow...I'm the first one to post today. I think that the anecdote make the print a lot more interesting. I would have missed small details such as the spot on Molls face as a sign of her getting syphilis. I really enjoyed these prints.

Meagan said...

I really like how detailed his prints are especially the detail in the dresses. They're really realistic too which also intrigues me.

libbyhansen said...

All you partygoers, take heed to BPJ's warning and advice. Everyone, please be safe!

Now, the prints. What fine detail and storytelling. I like the quality of atmosphere in the prints. I am entranced by the multi-stories that are happening in each print.

A said...

lol

Bec★ said...

i like prostitute prints :)

my favorite line from the link: "Clearly the cycle of innocence corrupted, sex, decay and death will continue unabated."

partake i shall not in octoberfest...have a grand time anyone who does! :)

A said...

what i meant to add was excellently worded entry.

Anonymous said...

I for one, am a whole hearted supporter of drunken lust and uninhibited debauchery.

Hogarths prints are a lovely illustration of these "crimes" and their respective "punishments". The technique is deftly executed and is possibly even stronger than the content.

DaniL said...

Hogarth rocks! I really enjoyed looking at all of his work. I like the way they all tell a story; and the series tell stories in progression. The range of content is great too. The detail and value in all of his work is amazing. There's so much going on in most of the prints, but it's always balanced out.

I must add as well-have a safe oktoberfest weekend. I won't be partaking. I am excited to fuck with all the drunk people who call me while i'm on the air tonight though...hehehe

lost said...

i must admit...if i was there i would prbably attend. can never get enough hammerschlaggen.

lost said...

oh,and BPJ, at your request i have posted a new image.

No Name said...

The prints are enticing with the detail and stories behind them. I like the dramatic ranges of line intensities between the background and foreground.

lachness said...

Wow, I am really impressed by the delicate detail and the expressions on their faces! Its like your reading a story book going from plate to plate.. probably wouldn't be the best childrens book though..

ps. looking back on my weekend i regret not spending time in the shop, but i did see sid sac a guy and my legs hurt from polka ing

Trin said...

As many have said before me, the detail in the prints are amazing. Hope everyone had a great weekend. Myself, I did my best to stay away from all the commotion.

Heather Lynn said...

Storytelling eh.......hmmm what is my story

Nels said...

Hogarth's hand is truly impressive, and so is his socially satirical mind. His ability to express the false pretenses of society is grand! Like most La Crosse residents, and certainly not like the LOST, I did my best to ignore Oktoberfest!

Katelin said...

I can't even imagine how long it must have taken to make a print as detailed as these!

lost said...

ouch, nels.

carly d said...

alright...william hogarth is pretty finominal with his meticulous details, however, i am just not that into his work. it's too realistic for my liking.

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but his ability to create a narrative is excellent!!!! i should really take note. although this toddler is scared to create a print containing so much information.

Erin #3 said...

I would have to agree with carly d on this one .. his work is not my favorite but it is not my least favorite as of this far ... it is truly amazing how detailed one can be ... only being a baby I have SOO many things to learn from these fine artists ...

....there is so much going on in every one of his prints it is hard for me to concentrate on any one specific thing ... great storytelling ability though ...

S said...

Hmmmmmmm.....Somehow I dont believe Hogarth could have created these images without getting knee deep in the vomit and urine.
You can avoid avoid avoid all that you consider vile and quietly suffer in ways you wont even notice.
Im with the Lost. Long live debauchery.

Hiccup said...

I agree with Meagan, the intricacy of the details is amazing. The pleats of the dresses are so impressive. I can barely wrap my head around aquatint, let alone comprehend how these details are achieved.

Oh, and Libby... I love you!

A said...

nels with the burnsauce

libbyhansen said...

Is everyone feeling the shop LOVE? I am. It warms the cochels of my heart!

Oh, and I never answered the big question, Tom or Moll? Gosh, I hope neither! The prints are attractive, the storylines are not!

Liv Radke said...

I know I am a little late posting on this for the week, but better late than never. I really like seeing examples of how the aquatint looks. I think that the effects the tears will have is really going to improve my prints. I cannot wait to see what it does to my own plate, and prints!

Kylie said...

Ha ha...well said.
Im very impressed with the attention to detail in these prints. A single image tells an entire story.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing to see the detail and the shading presented in the prints. There is alot of story in the art, the content is amazing. the prints are very realistic and just very interesting for the very fact that you must pay close atttention to some of the detail to see the whole picture.

mai ia said...

I love the prints. Now let's just hope I can create as great of images like Willy.

erin said...

I LOVE the detail in his prints! I am so impressed. I just got back from the shop of love, in fact, and am quite flustered. Perhaps there are more little tricks and techniques to be learned, but I just can't do detail. Oh BPJ, the babies need your guidence.

Sarah said...

wow...so much detail in these prints. As for Tom or Moll, I choose neither!

Caitlin said...

the detail in these is so intense, it boggles my mind.

lost said...

did i hear something about an alumni show? and joel, if you could, send me some info....extremely curious!

DaniL said...

Jeez, where's the new post? Slacker.