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 16, 2009

Swietlan Kraczyna

A Big week awaits the PrintFools:






Katherine the Great returns from Italy with her prints, plates and news of the summer journey to Barga, Italy to study with Nick Kraczyna at the "Studio for color etching".



"The Great" will show prints, demo a plate and dazzle the PrintFools with information regarding the UWL Printmakers 2010 Summer Italy adventure that she will lead in Barga.

click the title for a link to Nick
click here for a link to The Great's blog

33 comments:

the Sheriff said...
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the Sheriff said...

To my beloved printshop family,

I am sorry I missed my 'send off' day in class. Many unfortunate events occurred the night of my departure causing me to be in places that were obviously not the printshop. Just know that I am carrying each and everyone of you in my heart as I walk the streets of Florence with our long lost print-sister Bethany. She misses all of you as much as I do and sends her regards.

I am sad that I will be missing K-the-Greats presentation to all of you. I am there in spirit. By the time you all gather in the shop o love on Tuesday I will be in the 'city o love'/Paris. I miss you all and am excited to bring stories home with me. Take care and I will see you all soon!

Sending all the love I can to my print brothers and sisters,

The Sheriff.

Lisa Ulik said...

Absolutely stunning works posted by Nick and Katherine.

This is so great!!! What a fantastic connection of amazing printmakers. Babies and all...you are in for an amazing journey this week with Katherine!

... Sheriff, perhaps we can video this event so you don't miss out?

Kaitlynn said...

i am very much looking forward to talking with katherine about her work and the idea of working as a printmaker fo' real yo. the second piece listed on the blog is by far my favorite. there are hints of white that make the print look as though it was covered in glass. i'm gonna feel pretty stupid if this photo really did have a glass barrier and that's just the reason for the white...Sheriff, we'll skype ya'all for attendance. whooo!

Kirky B said...

I love The Great's prints. I think my favorite still may the bloody mess one thats on display in the hallway near the shop. Im really intrigued by her bird flu lithographs on her blog, though.

Baby Becky and I are going to try and make it on Thursday but we have a midterm in our education class...so I don't know how thats going to work out..

Jumpy said...

I love the color and how the prints seem to have depth in areas yet seem flat. The prints have great color and technique in blending and keeping the colors vibrant deinitley makes me want to spend countless hours in blood sweat and tears to create multiplate prints.

Maddy Grimmer said...

Sheriff Andy, I hope you've started your amazing adventure in Italy with something fantastic, and i ate some bacon for you on Thursday morning just so you know...

I liked when Nick was describing his content and he said "Arlecchino's pursuit of happiness becomes like a ritualistic dance, forever performed in time with infinite variations... and this is the subject of the human drama we all undergo in our daily living and personal pursuit of happiness", i really couldn't agree more. I love his use of multicolor patches throughout his images, it gave the images an amazing sense of unity. One of my favorites was Ballo in Maschera '89 and Before The Flight. The color is stunning in Before The Flight and his wings almost look like watercolors, flowing gracefully through the image. I loved Fourth Of July Flowers! The warm colors combined with the flowers that glide through the picture are so beautiful. The woman's hair also seems to demand my attention; the lines used in her hair seem to almost match the lines the flowers make as they swirl about the etch.

I'm defiantly looking forward to our big week, it may prove to be too much for a baby like me!

Keriann said...

These are awesome. They are very inspiring! I almost want to do another multiplate print. The use of color is amazing! A lot of planning must have went into these prints. I love how they have such a sense of motion in them!

Nate S said...

these prints are pretty sweet. Like jumpy said...i love how the monotone kind of patterns were used and yet were used to create depth and form. Hoping beyond hoping to make it to the presentation.

Jaime said...

Swietlan's prints were very fun. I wish I could incorporate all that color into my prints. I especially loved the print called Fourth of July Flowers. The color in that one is awesome especially the yellow oval. It makes me want to get my ass in gear and explore more with color.

I can't wait to hear more about this Italy opportunity; it has always been a dream of mine to go to Italy and doing art there would just put me over top.

Shawn said...

omg omg omg omg omg omg italy!!! can we go now!?!?! i love his prints so much. i am excited to finally meet "The Great"

Cedarose said...

Looks like beautiful artwork and an exciting printshop in Italy. I am excited to learn more about Catherine's work.

Toni said...

Some interesting stuff going on here. I really dig the colors in these. I like how the great uses some light colored line etchings to make ghosts of other figures in the images... interesting. Having a hard time deciding what's going on in most of them. Very cryptic. And she seems to really like hands! Also, awesome use of color in Nick's. I especially like the guy with the wings and the red almost bloody wings. So colorful. Really makes it pop.

Olivia said...

I had a long comment already formed in my head and was going through and reading everyone's and Maddy pretty much said everything I was thinking. I was even going to reference the same quote. Crazy that we are on the same wave-length!

I am already planning my Summer around Italy so this needs to happen. I really wish I didn't have two classes in the middle of Kathrine the Great's time in our shop. I really like Lisa's idea of video taping this awesome event! Does anyone think that could happen?

Sarah said...

I am blown away by Nick's prints... the range of color is amazing, proving once again that printing has so many possibilities. I am curious as to what method he is using to get all of the colors.....??? The prints sortof remind me of Picasso's paintings because of the Harlequins and also the muted almost pastel look of some of the colors..

ALso excited about Italy this summer and the Great's visit. I have two classes during that time, but hopefully will be able to get into the studio for a bit...

Allison Bauer said...

I dont know how els to say it but these prints are amazing. I love the use of line and color. Truly great, I could look at the all day!

Agreeing with Jaime, I cannot wait to hear more about Italy. It's sounds amazing and hopefully some printshop student types will be able to experience it first hand. Hopefully I canm skip my pol sci class on thursday and learn more about it.

Britt Vogt said...

This is the kind of prints you can produce when you really have inspiration. I admire how Nick draws from his surroundings and just goes after his prints. The color and movement is particularly beautiful in the print about Icarus. I am still searching for inspiration for my final print series......

ps I am psyched for Thursday and hearing more about this Italy trip :D

Sarahhigley said...

This artist's life sounds like a dream to me! Reading that made me long to be in Italy again. I love the use of color and how the artist is able to make these prints look almost painterly. I am so excited to meet this mysterious Katherine and learn more about the trip to Italy. I'm feeling quite jealous of Bethany and Andrew right about now...at least a couple print brothers and sisters can be in Europe!

AnnCreates87 said...

I thought both sets of prints were amazing. I just love the color in some of them, it really reminds me of watercolor paintings and I can't wait how to achieve that effect myself.

I'm really interested in some of the content of some of "the great's" prints and can't wait to hear what she has to say.

Ben Clark said...

I'm excited to see the prints that "The Great" will be bringing in today! I'm especially curious on how to color the prints like that...so awesome!

Jess said...

I'm so excited to see the prints today. "The Great's" work is so awesome and how she seems to incorporate the human figure is fascinating. Looking at her prints makes me feel like I live in a box after seeing all the places she has been and how she has drawn inspiration from them. I agree with Britt on finding my inspiration for the final print series.

Johnson said...

The greats work is great. I especially was fascinated by her print of eagles and the coyotes or dogs with multiple colors, they made the figures seem to exist in different spatial levels, pretty sweet i think. I love her bird flu prints as well..her figures are very dramatic...I loved the movement and color Nick incorporates in his pieces as well...I'm excited about K the G coming to class! and am contemplating what kind of vitals to bring!

Mallory_Heesch said...

The movement in the prints are fantastic(especially in Song of Songs and Arlecchino Dancing with Columbina). The vivid colors are really amazing... I especially like the use of the diamond pattern to make the series a cohesive whole. The theme of performers and the circus vibe freak me out a little bit, but the landscapes on the 4th page are captivating and stunning!

Joanne said...

"the greats" work is pretty awesome.
i'm super excited to learn about italy!!

random: last night i found this website... http://www.lookatbook.com/
its pretty sweet. this book was sent in random order between 4 artists over 36 weeks, 2 in Brooklyn and 2 in Belfast. each week one person would get the book and have 5 days to complete a spread in response to the previous one. other than that there were no communications about the content of each piece. enjoy!

sarah mc said...

the color in these prints is really captivating...wish i could have heard about the trip to italy which i REALLY WANT TO GO ON!!! alssooo i feel very lost that i missed class on monday and can't wait to come back tomorrow :)

Mark K said...

The coloring in the wings on the "Before the Flight" print, it looks awesome. All the bright colors makes me think of Mardi Gras for some reason. I really like the Mastodon print on The Great's blog, it looks absolutely rad.

Jessalyn said...

The work is absolutely beautiful. I love the whimsical quality of it, almost like a fairy tale or beautiful circus. The colors aren't too harsh and they fade into one another as it would in a dream.

Katherine's work is quite amazing too. I love the change of subject on her blog depending on where she is and her depiction of the different situation in Italy versus here.

zoe said...

pretty awesome... are those all multiplate?? sometimes it looked like watercolor.

Mingo said...

Nick's plates are amazing, no wonder he is master or multi-plate. Not to mention The Greats prints reflect his skills through her in her prints. Just so flabergasted with detail with color...amazing

TonY Vang said...

it was really nice to see her , talking about studying abroad and the research stuff makes me excited . i hope some of us can go there.

Bethany said...

I think I need to meet up with The Great while I am in Italy. Then come back here of course this summer!

kreger.anni said...

I really love the way that Nick uses color in his prints! I look forward to the day that BPJ shows us color techniques.
Allllso I had a really great time listening to Katherine the Great and learned a lot about the grant making process, which issomething that I'm looking atdoing in the next year or so. yikes, I better get going!

Jon Vitkus said...

his prints remind of the chagall print we have hanging by the theatre. they are very dreamy and full of color.