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 31, 2008

An ELECTION with HOGARTH

You had better vote Tuesday PrintFools!
Beware, it could get ugly...
Hogarth, William (London, 1697 - 1764)
Chairing the Members: Four Prints of an Election, Plate 4
17 1/2 X 22


Hogarth, William (London, 1697 - 1764)
An Election Entertainment: Four Prints of an Election, Plate 1
17 X 22


Click on the post title and look at all four Hogarth prints, read about them also you slackers... read this too:
http://www.philaprintshop.com/hogarth.html
Stay tuned for the new blog that will feature Halloween in the Shop of Tears.

NOTE! THE FRENCHGIRLS HAVE ARRIVED! Maggie is organizing a FRENCHGIRL lunch Tuesday, Leaving from the Shop at 12:30.

33 comments:

Lisa said...

...will definitely vote!

Hogarth is a master in setting these dramatic scenes which so clearly reveal the ugly side of class distinction and politics in society. His characters are so full of life...and they seem completely aware that we see them for what they are.

Check out the tree in "Polling"...there is this face in it that seems to be seeing everything along with us.

Mandy said...

hey freaks,

Would be great if someone could take the time to take photos of prints drying on "The Great Wall of Blood Sweat and Tears" and post them weekly so we old folwks could see what's going on in that bloody place!

libbyhansen said...

Hogarth fillets open the infectious belly of society for all of us to taste. I agree with Lisa about how the characters are aware of us watching them. It is like a voyeuristic nightmare, where you can't look away, and you can't leave because you are in it. The nightmare is frightening and stifling. Not unsimiliar to the times we are in. The only way we can change the scene is to rewrite the scene. As artists, we have been endowed with the unique ability and talents needed to rewrite those scenes. As members of this society, we possess one more ability, the power to vote. Use it and rewrite the scene.

UHU!

(Anyone ever write a brilliant and beautiful sequence only to have it disappear....sorry you had to miss it.)

Erin said...

Wow these prints illusrating elections is far more frightening than last weeks halloween theme!

I love how Hogarth picks on both parties! Gives a grand view of how terrifyingly ridiculous politics are on both sides. They both deserve the criticism, as do the republicans and democrats. I like it.

Hey Jewels, I think I saw a circus bear and a monkey in Polling.

ellen said...

i've already voted, so that's done and over with for me.

All of the Hogarth prints are really cool, i especially like the "Chiring the Members" print and how in the description it points out that victory is momentary. i think that that is incredibly true, becuase no matter who wins this election, if life doesn't improve immediately people are going to be pissed.

katelyn said...

These prints are amazing. It is crazy all of the detail that are in them, even all of the faces in the very back are given emotion.

Jillian said...

If I ever run for office, I will definitely make my headquarters a tavern. It will be a very productive campaign.

I love the detail in these prints, so many little things that are both scary and hilarious.

Regarding early voting, Obama's site gives the wrong address for City Hall. The map shows City Hall at Lacrosse St. (no space) in Onalaska, not La Crosse St. in La Crosse. I was dumb and went to Onalaska, which in retrospect makes no sense at all! Proof that it is not always best to follow directions without questioning.

Mallory_Heesch said...

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Halloween pictures are up!

Mark K said...

His prints are very cool. A lot to look at and, I agree, a ton of detail in all of them. I really like the look of the prints and all the politics going along with them.

zoe said...

oh boy... election day is tomorrow, how creepy and exciting!

I like these Hogarth prints. I don't think they're that interesting from a distance but up close there is so much going on its amazing. You can't just glance at these... you have to stare to take it all in.

Nels said...

I guess there is a reason they call them the "Old Masters." These guys have an amazing talent to produce prints using all the formal qualities of two dimensional art to produce that illusion of three dimensionality. They are truly "Masters" of content and technique!

profJ said...

NOTE! THE FRENCHGIRLS HAVE ARRIVED! Maggie is organizing a FRENCHGIRL lunch Tuesday, Leaving from the Shop at 12:30.

Michelle said...

These prints are very interesting to look at because there is just so much going on in them. If you look closely you can see what each person is doing and their part in society. What appropriate prints to have on here with election day tomorrow!

Just an interesting tidbit about voting...this past American Idol show had more American voters than the past presidential election...kind of sad! So make sure to get out there and vote tomorrow!!

lachness said...

VOTE!!

lachness said...

and also come tomorrow!!!

Meagan said...

I too agree with lisa that the characters seem aware of us. I will be voting tomorrow and I have a surprise for all of you in the shop tomorrow!

Friends said...

The Hogarth Act is cool. He seems like a smart man. I also like how his wife continued to sell his prints, and got a longer copyright after his death (20 years).
I can't imagine how much different election day was a couple hundred years ago. I think that I'd be more eager to go vote if the polls looked more like they did during Hogarth's era.

...If I'm late I just found out that I never got a letter saying that I wasn't registered. I'm going to try to figure this out early tomorrow, hopefully in time to vote.

Keriann said...

SO much detail! Wow! I think these prints really show the true side of politics!

I'm glad the polls weren't like that when I went to vote!

Anonymous said...

I admire Hogarth as he uses his creativity and great skill in pointing out both political sides for losing sight of all common interest. An issue that to me still subsides in the political parties of today. His four prints are amazingly detailed and very skilled technique. I wish i could make prints half as well as him. I do like the way he uses his satire and the very busy images yet easy to follow with some observance and reading.

DaniL said...

Hogarth rocks. i love the detail and expression in his work, and satire is always fantastic, of course.

I wish i could have gone to french girl lunch but I had a stupid lesser class then :X Dammit.

DaniL said...

p.s. i voted at 8 this morning

Allison Bayer said...

VOTED... WAAHOOO.
These prints are CRAZY detailed.. makes me feel like I need to put down the coffee and practice a bit more on a steady hand. I like the content of these ... bit of humor on a serious subject.

Shawn said...

details details details... wow. these prints are just vibrant with emotion and detail!!! i love

Bethany said...

YAY VOTING!

These prints are amazing. I'm always fascinated with the amount of detail Hogarth puts into his aquatints. Time and patience really pays off.

Allison B said...

I thought these prints were brilliant! Really, it makes me very envious of Hogarth and his talent. great stuff. I agree with Lisa and Libby about the class distinction and politics--the characters are really full of life.

Caitlin said...

oh my goodness the detail is so intense, and yet the story he is telling is still clear.

Sarah said...

The content in these prints is really interesting, there is so much going on!

Mallory_Heesch said...

I love the chaos in his prints... it gives the viewer a lot to look at and a lot to analyze.

Tensions are high this week... I really cant wait for things to calm down again. I've had about as much as I can stomach...

Erica said...

Hogarth is so detailed! its crazy that we have something so illustrative to show us what it was like back in the day...maybe someone will look at our work in the future and it will be completely different! There is so much going on in Hogarth's prints, i can only imagine how much effort and thought was put into that art! GO OBAMA!! today will go down in history!

carly said...

i as well voted! yay. also, a big yay to the election being over - things can get ugly - what a pERFECT series to look at during election week! We talk about how ridiculous voting was back then - is it really that much better now? Regardless of who people vote for, we have to unite as Americans to make changes and HAPPY LIVES! It was also heartwarming that his wife was like his number one fan!!

kirky b said...

these prints are awesome. I didnt see any crazy situations like in Hogarth's prints yesterday but it was certainly amazing to see the emotion that comes out in people during a presidential election, especially such a monumental one like this.

kate and babel said...

super atelier de gravure
tres bonne ambiance

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britt luecke said...

Wow all these prints are really intense..there is so much detail and content behind them. Pretty awesome.