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, February 06, 2010

Max and a week of LOVE


The long awaited week of love looms:


Precious valentines will be presented, epic poems will be read, massive amounts of treats will be consumed, tears (of joy or pain?) will certainly flow and of course much more will be learned.

Venus Whipping Cupid with Roses, early 17th century

Giovanni Luigi Valesio (Italian, 1583?–1633)

Engraving

7 15/16 x 5 1/4 in. (20.2 x 13.4 cm


Poor Venus's tries to discipline her bad baby Cupid, with no help from a satyr (the embodiment of lust). In Italian the inscription reads: love is not so easily chastised.


Psyche mit der Lampe, by Max Klinger


(click the post title for more by Max Klinger)

The love affair between Cupid and Psyche is one of the best known classical myths, recounted in the Latin novel The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Cupid, lover of the mortal Psyche, forbids her to cast eyes upon him and visits her only at night. Disobeying him, Psyche holds a light over his sleeping body, for which she is punished by Aphrodite.

Beware PrintFools, the week will demand the learning of new skills and some sort of balance of head and heart. Here is an early valentine for you all... a little video made by Thomas Edison, watch carefully, because you will all perform the dance...




Finally... many of you go to Chicago at the end of the week, if the rest of you need a journey I invite you to travel to the Universidad Claustro de Sor Juana, in Mexico City where an exhibition of my prints will open Friday night:

People at the Universidad Claustro de Sor Juana, talking about my prints.

35 comments:

Jumpy said...

The prints are amazing, I absolutley admire the technique and line in the prints. So very detailed and to me the prints embrace alot of what printmaking is about. The detail and time that it must of taken to create the images. The value created by line is something that I wish I could create. I really enjoy looking at all of his work

AnnCreates87 said...

I enjoyed the works very much. There was this feeling of looking at a different world, sort of mysterious and fantastical (yes I'm using it as a word). I enjoyed some of the prints that had drawn frames, I thought they were really great and gave me a few ideas.

Jessalyn said...

I am a very large fan of the story of cupid and psyche. A story of love, beauty and jealousy. Good thing there is magic in the world to even it all out allowing her and cupid to live happily ever after.
On another note, Max Klinger is remarkable. There is a story behind every print. One, I'm sure, that many wish to discover.
And a final note, I do believe that the video has inspired some fairy wings of my own this week.

Hooray for a day of love

Sarahhigley said...

Well unlike Sass, I thought the video was kind of creepy. However, it is amazing how old it is. Like Jumpy, I am very impressed with the line quality of the prints. The values and textures created with line are phenomonal. I like the first print with cupid. I wish I could give "love" a woopin' too.

BabyTiegs said...

The Max Klinger prints are beautiful. The time it must have taken to do all the detail... What is impresses me most is how, even if you don't know the background story of Cupid and Psyche (note: Venus is a real HBIC), you can still understand what's going on simply because of the printer's ability to convey the story. It's very inspiring. I can only hope to strive to create something that great.

But as much as I admire the work and the myth, it's still not enough to get me on the romance bandwagon. (Screw you, Hallmark channel!) I much prefer the suspense of Psyche accidentally spilling scalding oil on Cupid as she's going against her promise to not look at him, and the schadenfreude as Psyche tricks her malicious sisters into dying as only can be done in the great classic myths. Ah, they just don't make them like they used to...

The video on the other hand...well, that's either the greatest wtf thing I've ever seen or horrible nightmare fuel that's burned itself into the back of my mind.

Happy Valentine's Day to you too, BPJ.

Bethany said...

BPJ!!! Isn't that a sandwich?? I saw this guy named "Evan Willams" in the shop. Not sure exactly what he was doing...just saying.

Imogen and Lisa Ulik are amazing. I love them both, Lisa prob more.

Let's make some fucking prints.

Britt Vogt said...

Bumbed out the video link wasn't working when I tried to view it....

Anyway I enjoyed Max's prints, especially how he incorporated the frames on a few of them. The frames help set the mood, and in many cases add to the content. Something I worked with a little last year and plan to continue...

And I'm a huge fan of anything mythical :D

profJ said...

Try this Baby Britt

http://memory.loc.gov/mbrs/edmp/1332.mpg

BPJ

Michelle said...

Like everyone else. I think those prints are really sweet and amazing. The values and lines are really impressive. Even more impressive is how the stories come across really well in every one of Max's prints. I don't know how he made printmaking look so easy, but he does. And that video was really creepy and odd.

Nate S said...

I really liked the Max Klinger prints. The level of detail in the rocks and trees is astounding. I really like the tonal differences that he gets in creating the appearance of flesh, water and muscle is definitely ridiculously impressive. Hope my litho doesn't turn out like a pile of shit!

Maddy Grimmer said...

The Max Klinger prints are (as everyone said) astounding. In Märztage II i love how the buildings fade away. I can't even remotely figure out in my mind how to achieve that! But i defiantly want to know! One of my other favorites was Praefatio II. His ability to create fire and the glow that comes off of it is simply stunning. As everyone has said, the values, the line quality (and just the fact that there are so many lines) makes his prints amazing.

As Nate said, i hope my litho doesn't suck, i know i made a few mistakes and i can see the errors but a few big kids said not to worry to much....so hopefully that's true.

O and that video looked like me dancing at any dance i've ever been to in my life...awesome.

Liv Radke said...

Loving the love prints. I marvel at how much is said by the prints. They tell such vivid stories without any words. I want to be able to do that with my work.

Binod sent our 399 class this link to a sweet print exhibition in Philadelphia you should check out this link if you have time its all about a show on contemporary printmaking and why it is so important to keep making prints!

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/05/arts/design/05philagrafika.html

Enjoy!
Valentines Party is one of my favorite days in the shop of Love! Cannot wait!

Rachel H. said...

Not only were the prints amazing, but I liked how on some there were detailed frames surrounding the print to add to the print itself. As for the dance, it doesn't look too complicated, just a lot of jumping up and down and kicking your feet out. I do hope you have accident forgiveness in your classroom.

Keriann said...

As everyone has already mentioned the prints are awesome. I really like his use of line in his prints. I really enjoy images of mythological tales, so these were very enjoyable to look at.

Jaime said...

I thought that the prints were pretty fabulous. As far as the video goes I am going to have to agree with Higley by saying that I found it quite creepy... Its going to haunt my dreams Im pretty sure. A week of Love is going to ba amazing and love should start on Monday my BIRTHDAY!!! I am going to apologize now for my sluggish ways tomorrow.

Angie said...

I wonder how long it took for those prints to come to completion. Amazing.

Mark K said...

There is an absolutely amazing amount of detail in all of Klinger's prints. Opus IV Simplicius am Grabe des Einsiedlers is insane. Like Nate said, with the trees and the water being so detailed, makes for a killer print. The amount of time taken to do all the lines and get everything where he wanted it probably took an incredible amount of patience.

Clarice said...

I really wish I had the patience to use that much line in my prints. It is so amazing all the different values and depth that were created by using the line. My hands hurt just thinking about it. It is something I would really like to try this semester. Bring on the day of love!

Cappuccino said...

I just spent roughly 6+?hrs making valentines for my print brothers and sisters. So ya'll better bloody love them. I bled, sweated and felt the tears(as a burned myself from hot glue gun multiple times). It would have been worth it if they actually turned out well, 'cept they didn't.

I have always been a fan of Greek and Roman mythology. I would say Cupid and Psyche are my SECOND favorite couple, (Persephone and Hades being my first). I love the control, texture, and intricate details of both prints.

As for my Litho- I'm a little behind the "processing" part simply because I feel a bit intimidated by the first few steps (because I missed the visual-learning part) and will probably be working on it tomorrow (Monday) night, getting close and personal with my Litho-Bible. Also, since my adventure with "David", I decided to add some more.. "stuff" to my stone- simply to make it more interesting and really give myself to explore technique, like shading, lines, details, smudging; pretty much doing my best to push that grease stick around the surface. The result is a bit ugly though.

sarah mc said...

Max is really increidble with values. The dark and light contrasts are really powerful. His work is all really intriguing to look at and try to figure out what is happening behind it all.

Not really sure how I feel about the video...I had to watch it with no sound in the library so I'm going to watch it again later, but I agree with Sarah Higley (must be a sarah thing...) I thought it was creepy...especially with no sound.

Prints and other works in general that portray love always fascinate me because it's such a complex emotion to try to capture in any one way. I remember taking that journey for my final problem in drawing last year and it's still something I've been experimenting with. Love as a subject always makes for some complex and intriguing works to figure out

Johnson said...

I always appreciate the style of these prints, so detailed and formally impressive. I really liked the one of Max's with the winged character looking like they are sneaking into a room..sweet prints to say the least!
btw...my favorite part of posting on the blog is the word verification words

Tylor Fischer said...

The tale of Cupid and Psyche is one of true beauty and holds valuable lessons that we all can apply in our own lives. Understanding this love thing, and what love truly is, is a really wonderful and meaningful thing. Once you fully understand a True nature of love and what it can do it opens up allot of different parts of your life. You are a more open person and the way you look at a approach things is completely different. This is why i believe you really named it "The Shop of Love" Its about learning how to truly love something.... its a great thing.

P.S. I bet those students were camping out, feverishly waiting your exhibit to open.

Josie Ableman said...

Haha I love those prints! I'm all about mythology so its great to see it incorporated into printmaking. If anyone likes the story of psyche and cupid there is a really great version by C.S. Lewis called "Till We Have Faces" its been a long time since I read it, but I remember really liking it.

Also, that dance is pretty cool, but not as cool as miley cyrus' Hoedown Throwdown, which me and baby jaime panzer learned this weekend...

Joanne said...

I love the detail of the prints. All of the value he creates with his line is amazing.

I'm excited for valentines day in the shop! I've got my box and valentines ready to go.

The Traveling Torso said...

whoooooo love day love day! sarah and i were watching the video without sound. i think that may have added to the creepiness. try it. i dare you.

Mallory_Heesch said...

WOW... love the dance. The theme of Psyche is really interesting and a fantastic idea for a series. Cant wait to give some awesome Valentines tomorrow and eat lots and lots of treats.

EllieRose said...

The dance is fabulous, as are the prints. It is almost as though Max Klinger was once baby Max Klinger and asked bpj to make his dreams come true. Which, of course, then manifested in his being able to see what he was doing, have more control, make lines of varied values, use insane amounts of line, etc.

The Traveling Torso said...

Killer Bread Recipe:
Take:
1 loaf French Bread, let sit out all day, or have it be sort of stale...

-cut it like a diamond shaped checker board
-stuff with: one bunch of chopped green onions, mushrooms chopped, and mozzarella cheese.
-mix one tsp lowry's seasoning salt with 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder to about 6 tbsp melted butter, if you need more, just melt more to make sure you cover the whole loaf.
-pour that liquid (gross word) over the bread
-sprinkle with poppy seed (i forgot this part, it's mostly for aesthetics)

-wrap in aluminum foil completely and bake at 350 for a half hour.
-take aluminum foil off the top during the last 5-10 minutes to get the cheese to brown

-eat!

mmmmmm. any questions ask me. i normally get a long loaf from the co-op and cut it in half. whatever you want works!

love,
kaitlynn

Allison Bauer said...

I loved the venus print. It always amazes me the values and uses of line in older prints. It's great to see in the venus print too the use of printmaking techniques and such a great execution of them.

Was excited to hear more about Italy. Now I know how much to sell my body for...

Loved all the Valentine's to. Definitely a day of print shop love!

Kirky B said...

Our day of love on tuesday was so much fun!

And these Max lithographs are unbelievable. He truly knew has drawing material very very well. The line quality that he was able to achieve is amazingggg.

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

Thank you all for the wonderful gifts of love. I appreciate them greatly.

~The Sheriff.

Marissa said...

"Venus..." I like the drastic lights and darks. The lines add a lot of texture.
"Psyche..." my favorite parts are the rose border/frame and the curtains. I like how nothing is completely clear.

The Traveling Torso said...

haha, i just noticed i was signed in as the traveling torso. check it out. it's a weird thing my friends and i are working on.

Mingo said...

All of his works seem like they were just drawn out with pencil. a very unique quality that I have not seen much of.