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, April 05, 2008

Art Werger

Graces
1998. Aquatint 50. 36 x 24 in.

Personal Space
Mezzotint.
2004. 5/100. 15 1/2 x 11 inches.

Werger states, "All of my work involves a level of voyeurism or intrusion. I want my images to create a tension based on phobic response, whether it's a fear of falling or drowning... Rather than intending to comfort the viewer, I want to challenge preconceptions"

A very cool new printmaker:
Aoife Marie Nice
http://pregnantmandyandtimmy.blogspot.com/
and...
finding your sister Caitlin
http://caitlinlondon.blogspot.com/


28 comments:

Meagan said...

Wow, I can't believe the detail that Werger has in his prints! I can't believe Graces, it looks like a painting. I love the detail in Early Thaw, it looks like a photograph, what is mezzotint?

DaniL said...

Ho-ly SHIT! That's all that was going through my head when looking at these. They look photographic-that is some unbelievable control with aquatint and color. I love the ones with water, and "vertigo" is INSANE. All the tiny little details! Werger must have incredible discipline and patience to pull these off. Fan-freakin-tastic.

To answer meagan's query:
Mezzotint is a printmaking process of the intaglio family, technically a drypoint method. It was the first tonal method to be used, enabling half-tones to be produced without using line or dot based techniques like hatching, cross-hatching or stipple. Mezzotint achieves tonality by roughening the plate with thousands of little dots made by a metal tool with small teeth. In printing the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean. A high level of quality and richness in the print can be achieved.

^^once again...holy shit.

Caitlin said...

yay! find me! read about me!
study abroad! it's awesome ...
i still look at this blog sometimes and it makes me miss all you guys.
hope you're having fun and making awesome prints.
:)

libbyhansen said...

I'm one of those people that Werger talks about with personal space, etc. I would have switched the names of the two prints on the frontpage.

I agree with Meagan and Danielle. His stuff is great. Very photographic. Tough to imagine!

ellen said...

This is easily my favorite printmaker so far! I absolutely love all his work, and the detail is amazing. I didn’t know what the Mezzotint method was, and several of his pieces were done this way, so after looking it up I decided that is must be the most difficult and time consuming technique I know of. But I will admit that the effort must be worth it because the end result is astounding. I also love his colored prints; my favorite would have to be “Vertigo”. All in all, he is fantastic!

Bec★ said...

thanks for the clarification of mezzotint danielle :)

his images are ridiculous!! i am blown away by the clarity and precision he achieves. how long would it take to work a plate to create such a print? i can even imagine.

lachness said...

Caitlin!! I hope you are having the time of your life! Live it up!

lachness said...

The detail in Werger's work is incredible but I also like the effect he creates in his black and white prints, such as "Dreams", almost like a impressionist painter in a way. Are those multiple color plate intaglios?
And I am still a bit confused with the Mezzotint method.

Lisa said...

Werger's treatment of contemporary subject matter is amazing!--full of detail, motion, and subtle narrative drama. The composition of his work has a photographic quality which is fresh and dynamic.

I especially like his "time" series and his print "Seven Affordable Sins.."

His skill as a printmaker is astounding and the control he has over the plates is utterly incredible!

Lisa said...

I almost forgot...
Aoife is the cutest baby ever! Huge congrats to Mandy and Tim!

Caitlin!!! Miss ya! Hope to see you when you return from your amazing adventures in London. I enjoy reading about them on your blog---and seeing your incredible photos, of course.

Equally Glorious said...

wow wow wow wow!

This is fantastic -- I don't think that I can possibly believe that these are prints -- they totally look like photographs ---

I am dumbfounded!

And amazed!!

Okay so tracking Caitlin's trip was so fun to read -- I started reading it and could not stop ---and that baby is so cute!

Thank you for posting those BPJ!

Werger is amazing! But I still think they are photos! :)

Jillian said...

Man, I would need to be drugged to have that kind of patience. I dug around for some larger, clearer shots and damn...that is some detail. I like the film noir quality of some of the black and whites.

Amber said...

AMAZING. that's all i can say. i honestly didn't believe these were even prints until i looked up his process. wow. i just can't get over it.

dyelsew30 said...

wow, his stuff is awesome... so realistic

Anonymous said...

How in the world does someone have so much control and detail when it comes to the aquatint! It is definietly unbelievable. I really love the work, the water image seems so realistic and has amazing depth and light. Alot of his work is just like that, I wish I had as much control to create the extensive detail that is in the work and have the patience for it. :(

Mallory_Heesch said...

"Follow", "Empty Glass" and "Early Thaw" are INCREDIBLE! Well, they're ALL incredible, but the shadows with the trees in those three prints are particularly impressive. Mezzotint seems like a really interesting technique... and the results are amazing!

Keriann said...

Amazing! I can't believe how photographic they are! We talked abut this in class today and it would definitely be neat to try!!

kirky b said...

these are simply amazing!

Nels said...

I think this guy captures the anonimity of urban life. the compressed living space causes us to react so differently when we're in some other person's sphere, and they are in ours. The black and white tones catches the emotions of trying to not notice those around us.

Nels said...

This guy really captures the anonimity of urban life. The compressed space we are forced to live in, and others invading our personal space is a great subject. Many of his images capture us trying to ignore those so close around us.

mao said...

I have the same reaction as Danil's..."holy shit". It's so detailed, I would go insane trying to do something like that. I do like the perspectives from the prints though. I only see those kinds of perspective in photos. Also, the subjects of the prints are interesting as well.

Sarah said...

wow these do not look like prints at all. The values in the second one are really intense and the angle of sight is really interesting.

The first one looks like a painting and IM blown away by this.

Bethany said...

I love his prints. 'Graces' reminds me of 'Side Stroke' by Lorraine Shemesh. Really awesome

britt luecke said...

amazing...i love his prints..the detail is amazing they look like paintings

stepho said...

these pieces are just amazing by how realistic they really are. they honestly look like a picture. I will have to say from a baby.. wow. that is just amazing and i lot of work!!

Cassie said...

Being new to printmaking, I had no idea what to expect and looking at all the different styles with all these artists is really giving me something to look forward to. These look like watercolor, the detail is absolutely amazing!! I am so excited to start on my own after seeing some of these!

Erica said...

wow i love the perspective i cannot believe this! it looks like a photograph!

carly said...

HOT DAMN! i love his stuff because it's so extremely photo-like. AND with COLOR! after only one day of color intaglio it seems near impossible to achieve such clear lines --love it, more like admire it greatly.