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, October 12, 2007

Kim Berman

“…Printmaking is a 'democratic' medium that is accessible, affordable, and can reach out to the wider community through sharing skills and collaborative practice…”
Kim Berman
(click to read Kim's complete paper)
Kim Berman is the Director of Artist Proof Studio and a Senior Lecturer in Printmaking at the University of Johannesburg. Kim received her B.F.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1981 and her M.F.A. in printmaking from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, Mass, USA, in 1989. In 1992, Nhlanhla Xaba and Kim founded the Artist Proof Studio (APS), a community printmaking Centre in Newtown. APS provides training and studio facilities to artists. Kim Berman initiated and directed the Paper Prayers campaign-aids awareness through the visual arts from 1996. It currently operates out of APS as a successful income generating activity for HIV positive groups of rural and urban women…”
(from The Newcomb College Institute’s “Educating Women for a World in Crisis” summit 2007)

Playing Cards of the Truth Commission: Incomplete Deck 1999
Mezzotint and drypoint on paper Each sheet: 60.5 x 40.5 cm (23 13/16 x 15 15/16 in.)
(click the print for more)
Through the Wire, Lowveld Fire I
Seven colour lithograph
57.5cm x 76.5cm
Edition size: 45
(click the post title of the post for more prints)

Maggie and Nels both visited the Artist Proof Studio this past summer. Maggie has put me in contact with Kim and I am moved by her "artistic social responsibility" and her ability to make prints. Thanks Maggie and thanks Kim for generously agreeing to send us some images this spring.

28 comments:

Nels said...

Kim is just an absolute whirlwind of activity. Of course, she has to be to get done all the things she considers important in life. Her Artists Proof Studio was one of the most vibrant printshops I visited while in South Africa. It's amazing what she has accomplished there.

DaniL said...

Wow...TONS of incredible stuff to see here. It's going to take me awhile to get through it all, but I like what I've seen thus far. Very inspiring and moving. I like the concept of the card deck that Kim used in those mezzotints (I forget what those are...GOOGLE!!). Interesting way to express anger at the system and call out corrupt authorities.

Erin #3 said...

Wow .. wow .. wow .. Kim's prints are absolutely amazing .. I love the idea of a card deck .. they seem very angry to me .. the fire print does not even look like a print .. it looks like a photograph .. absolutely amazing and I am so jealous of Maggie and Nels to have actually been to her studio .. what an honor!

Lisa said...

What an amazing and inspirational woman---wish I could meet her!

I am captivated by her images, passion, and social responsibility. Her print, "Alex Under Siege: 7 & 8" stirred me with such emotion that I was moved to tears.

Bec★ said...

Kim must be an incredible person! Her prints and lithos are amazing. I think her images are very strong and speak well to artistic social responsibility.

libbyhansen said...

Kim's prints are amazing! Her prints speak volumes that people should listen to. Her "Alex Under Seige" series reminded me of filmstrip stills. Impacting. The playing cards are interesting and I am enveloped by the fullness of her color prints.

Maggie and Nels will have to share more with us about this phenomenal artist of our time.

No Name said...

what is to say that hasn't already been said. Her work is obviously inspiring to anyone who has any concern. Great prints.

DaniL said...

I was introduced to this site last night and thought i'd share it with you all-it's pretty twisted stuff!!

http://www.gothic.ru/art/

check it out. It's in russian but you don't need to know how to speak it to look at pictures =)

p.s.-it was hot as fuck in the shop tonight. Maybe monday should be work in your underwear day instead of favorite candy

lachness said...

Wooo Hoo, I'm so glad Kim has made it on the wall! She is truely a remarkable women and an inspiration. While visiting she took time out of her busy schedule to have lunch and show me around The Artists Proof Studio. As you can read in her biography she not only makes prints concerning social issues but is very active in trying to create change and help others through different programs she has established. She also created many of these prints during the Apartheid when these issues were taboo to express.
A series of her prints are hanging up the The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg which is was central in Post Apartheid era.. Truth and Reconcialation, a starting point for the new South Africa.
I could talk all day about this, so chat with me or check out my blog to read more about Kim and other South African Printmakers..
southafricaresearch.blogspot.com

lachness said...

ps. if you have any questions for her let me know and i will give you her email

Hiccup said...

Wow, these really are amazing. I can't believe the "Through the Wire" piece is a print. I guess I'm just a baby and I still can't quite wrap my head around all of the possibilities of printmaking. It's beautiful.

Katelin said...

Wow I'm amazed by the first print, the one of the face...plus I always love prints with a little bit of writing on them

Kylie said...

These are some of my favorite prints that ive seen thus far. I love her use of text and texture in the first image. The second image reminds me of a painting. great work.

Meagan said...

I really like her fires of the truth commission. The prints are just amazing and the colors are very realistic. I like the expressive way she did those prints.

Liv Radke said...

I agree with everyone! "Through the Wire" was breathtaking. I am really excited fro Litho now. I loved the smoke and all of the detail. I like the idea of being able to make something look that good. Her work made me think and I like that becuase I still learning, and thinking of ideas..

Thanks again Danielle for writing about the themes, I remember then!!

DaniL said...

Just checked back here again, and discovered that I totally missed a whole bunch of Kim's work! I was looking at the site that her paper was on; didn't realize there was another link at the top of the post. I was really captivated by her drypoint/monoprint pieces. The motion and values of the figures is incredible. It'd be cool if we could get her on the hotplate because I would love to ask her about her process in creating those images...

Heather Lynn said...

Maggie! the print through the wire reminds me of the prints that you displayed at our critique. They look great! What a unique concept, of how certain things block our images. cool stuff

carly d said...

this woman is a phenominal printmaker!! holy shit. my favorite artist thus far on the blog. hands down no contest! I love love love the playing card series. i am totally inspired.

mezzotint and dry point. wtf is mezzotint?

wow. all i want to do is visit that shop. maggie and nels, all i have to say is what an experience that must have been.

Anonymous said...

The playing cards of the Truth Commision: Incomplete Deck is something else. The way the faces are created and the shading and lines and detail, and... I like everything about them. The more i am in class the more i begin to appreciate the prints and the subject of the work...

Caitlin said...

i really enjoy the use of text in her prints ... really sweet!

Jen said...

jeez, that 7 color litho is pretty darn amazing. I really like her work.

amber said...

these prints are awesome! I'm very jealous of Nels and Maggie for getting to meet this wonderful woman. I love her portrait prints. There so expressive and alive. you can really see the miles on her subjects. they're awesome. The colors in the fire print are pretty nice too. way cool. i definitely want to see more!

Trin said...

What a powerful idea behind those playing cards!! (And I have to agree with many of the previous comments and express my amazement at the "Through the Wire" piece.)

NicholMarieShame said...

From what I've seen of Kim's work so far, I love it. Three words that come to mind: Emotion, Movement, Dirt...

erin said...

Wow, she is so good! I especially love her use of high contrasting blacks and whites in the 8-print series. I also really like that there is SO much going on. There's a lot to look at and understand. I'm excited to see more of her work when she sends it here (next semester was it?).

mao said...

what a phenomenal woman...the prints are amazing and it's very captivating as Lisa said. I feel so many emotions when I look at the prints.

Sarah said...

i liked reading about Karen. The complexity of her prints is extraordinary!

Christine said...

I can't wait to see her work in person! I could look at it all day... I may never leave the 3rd floor hallway.