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, March 29, 2008

Horst Janssen

If your going to be a printmaker you have to know Horst Janssen
(click the title post for more)
Munch-Triptychon I 1980
Etching
h: 43 x w: 32 cm / h: 16.9 x w: 12.6 in


Leibling 1973
Etching
h: 14.9 x w: 5.5 in / h: 37.8 x w: 14 cm

20 comments:

libbyhansen said...

First off, Congrats to all you fantastic printmakers in regards to the show! Double congrats to Nels, well-deserved recognition!

Now on to Horst...his images, mostly the faces, remind me of something from my childhood...I think it is a Mother Goose book I have. I love his work!(it may be the childhood thing) I am intrigued by his quick, defined lines and sublte color. His work gives me inspiration for my big print. His style is what I had in mind for this next print.

Like I said, I enjoy his work, but everything was in German as far as description. :( Even what I googles.

Bec★ said...

"death dance" looks like a dirty series :) i am impressed by his multi-medium talents! his woodcuts are especially fun...agreed with libby :)

Meagan said...

I liked the simplicity of Leibling where there isn't much detail, I also liked that it was only in blue, it helps with the simplicity. I had the same thing as Libby when looking up his work, I liked it a lot but couldn't understand any descriptions.

DaniL said...

I googled Janssen to get a look at more of his work. It's too bad all the sites are in german...but the work speaks for itself I suppose. I found one "Radierungen" that I really like-creepy, yet sweet. There's also a portrait of Edgar Allen Poe which is excellent. There's some crazy value with cross hatching going on in "Selbst", and "Klee und Ensor um einen B├╝ckling streitend" was another favorite of mine-twisted and kind of Picasso-esque. Lots of good stuff. Gotta love those germans! [That's mixed in with the gypsy blood ;) ]

lachness said...

Great work! I agree with Becca, "Death Dance" had a great range of value and killer line quality. The contrast between his figure and colored backgrounds really worked well, especially in "Cat Blue". You can just feel the energy in his work, especially with his brush strokes.. ie "Daddy Greats Verena".

How does photo etching work??

congrats to libby with her award as well!

He has inspired me to try out a self portrait

Lisa said...

...killer line quality indeed! I greatly admire the way Janssen uses line as a language.

Agreeably dirty;)series Becca.

Incredibly potent self-portraits too---also..."Halleluja" & "Erostod" very impressive!

Liv Radke said...

My German skills actually can in handy for a change. I was impressed by Horst's work. It has a dark feeling to it, but he has gone through a great deal in his life.
Also I want to tell everyone I am loving your work. It was great seeing everyone's work on Wednesday. I am so impressed by the skill level of you all, you truly motivate me!

mao said...

wow, death dance gave me the chills, but in a good way. The print of the faces reminds me of those pictures in psychology where you look at it and things pop out, only more complex. Other than "Death Dance" I also really like "Lamme's Back" and Leibling.

kirky b said...

when is the first print for the babies supposed to be done? tuesday or thursday?

Mallory_Heesch said...

There's something very creepy and sinister about Horst Janssen's prints. It almost reminds me of the animation in "James and the Giant Peach" (anyone else get that too??). I kinda like it though. "Oma and Opa" is a good one...

Keriann said...

I LOVE his use of color and lines... especially in a peice entitled Der Foliant Oldenburg that I found when I googled him. It's crazy

ellen said...

I love his work! Especially his more detailed pieces like his Triptychon series. And they are kind of out there, which really interests me. The detail is phenomenal, and I can only hope that one day I will come close to that level!

ellen said...

kirk-we have to have a print to show for thursday. thank god not tuesday, or i would be in trouble!

Jillian said...

I love the dark, ragged quality of his stuff. It has a grunginess that you can almost feel by looking at it. I especially dig his self portraits. There is a lot of introspection in the way he approaches them.

His life story is pretty interesting too-and you can see how different events in his life influenced the art he was making.

Equally Glorious said...

When i saw his picture after I saw his prints on the front of the blog --- his look went along with what he printed ---

It was weird but if I had to put together artist and work i would have matched them indefinately

His work does have that feeling of when I was young as libby had mentioned in her first blog --- a very child-like feel to them ---

Very unique and interesting -- and some of them had a watercolor feel which is always a favorite in my eye!

Jumpy said...

I am also impressed with the multi media that he uses, makes me want to explore my options. I really like the rough lines and dark morbid feel to alot of his work It gives me chills i love it! His drawing skills really give his prints an unusual characteristic which is what really like about them and the rest of his work.

Jen said...

I like his style. I am especially drawn to his skeleton pieces, they are extremely interesting to look at.

chels said...

Janssens line quality is amazing! i was checking out some of his other self portraits, and something about them makes me intrigued. Janssen is definitally one of my favorite printers so far!!

britt luecke said...

all these pieces have great line quality and i love the use of color too.

stepho said...

these pieces really show a lose of life. as if the life was just sucked out of their bodies. the first piece has a lot going on but the eyes really show the lose of life. the second one just the body language shows how she is jsut drained. these pieces really make a statement in many different ways and reach out to others in their own ways in their lifes.