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.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The week of Fat Tuesday

A little history from my days In Louisiana:

Classes should be canceled this week (they are in La). But, since we are foolish here in the North and I cannot close the University down, I promise to protest by teaching you in a confusing, poor way - don't plan on getting your money's worth this week.

Illusion is the rule on Shrovetride/Mardi Gras/FatTuesday. So our typical days of illusion in the Shop will be even more confusing all this week...


To be clear/or unclear this week the Litho Heads will finish printing rock#1 and make another:


Nicolas de Larmessin II (ca. 1638-1694), Habit d’Imprimeur en Lettres (The Printer’s Costume), ca. 1680. Engraving. In the series, over 70 artisans are dressed in the materials of their occupation, in this case the tools of a printer.


To be clear/or unclear the Baby Printmakers will stare hard at the next 3 prints as if looking into their future...


Pablo Picasso, Etching, Nature morte au crâne (Still Life with Skull), 1914

Tony Cragg
Laboratory Still Life No.1, State 1, 1988
Aquatint
Image Size: 11¾ x 13¾"
William Bailey, American (born 1930),
Untitled. etching, aquatint and soft ground etching, 2001

To be clear/or unclear all Printfools will remember that this semester we journey, as Pechstein did: into the imagination, into the primitive(?), searching to know who you are.


Wenceslaus Hollar

Title: Griffin. State 2. engraving
Dimensions: 17 x 28 cm

Wenceslaus Hollar

Title: Leopard and flowers. State 2. engraving
Dimensions: 17 x 28 cm.


Thank you all for the valentines! I ate all the candy and drank the bottle. Thanks for not poisoning me.


32 comments:

BabyTiegs said...

Well, this bodes to be interesting. Of course, I'm not sure how much I'm looking forward to it if BPJ promises to be vague and unclear considering his love of metaphor. If class if going to be the equivalent of a lecture from the Mad Hatter, we should at least get to party New Orleans-style.

A week off really would be nice, though. Especially since those prints have burned themselves into my retinas.

Rachel H. said...

Ooooh, we should watch "Alice in Wonderland" or plan as a class to go see the new movie when it comes out. I like being vague, people are too serious all the time and like always getting to a point. I have never been much of a rusher.

Jaime said...

I think that we should just take the week off to celebrate mardi gras. Hollar's prints this week are full of amazing line and detail. It inspires me to try and do a print full of detail. I am kind of worried and intrigued by this vague week BPJ has in store for us; sometimes those make the best classes.

Maddy Grimmer said...

Yeah...i think that we should just not have school. If not for Mardi Gras then at least for President's Day tomorrow! (And yes there are actual colleges that have off for that and of course we don't, can you say RIP OFF?!)

Tony Cragg's Aquatint is amazing, if only i could have that kind of control over my aquatinting! My first print ended up being decent, considering all the mistakes i made, but it sure sounds like there is going to be a lot of confusion awaiting us this week...

Allison Bauer said...

Loved these prints. Crag's aquatint is stunning, amazing control. The objects are practically glowing. Hollar's prints were great too. Love the details in them. This should be a great week. Classes where joel plans on being vague are always pretty interesting to say the least. Can't wait to see the big kid's prints this week--exciting stuff. Saw a sneek peek at Mork's corn friday and it looks awesome.

TonY Vang said...

these prints are awesome. i really want to try it.

Clarice said...

I love Louisiana and I definitely think that we should have off for mardi gras. That aquatint is so amazing I wish I could get a nice even value like that.

Keriann said...

So I really love the Griffin and leopard print that are posted. I love it when plant life is drawn all science-like, and when it has the scientific name and what not.

Anonymous said...

Prints are very good. I enjoy seeing the variety of artists and the different technique.

sarah mc said...

I love piling on the confusion on top of confusion and more confusion. School is getting much too difficult this semester to NOT take off this week. I may just do that....just kidding. Lets just take a field trip to Louisiana! The aquatint was really really powerful in its values and it must have taken so much hardwork and determination to be able to have so much control over a print the way he does.

Jessalyn said...

I love the last two prints by Hollar. The texture that was greated on the leopard and griffin looks so realistic and precise. You can almost feel the fur and the feathers...lets learn how to do that whenever you decide to start teaching again, Joel.

Josie Ableman said...

this sounds like a good week, if its clear or unclear.
I like those griffin and leopard prints.
Not really looking forward to trying to figure out printing though.
Lets just to to New Orleans and forget all of this school business

Sarahhigley said...

So the description of Hollar's prints don't say that he used aquatint but there is a great variance of values within his images. Lately I've been working on plates with fine details but I find that I often draw so many little lines that once in the acid, my lines will open bite. Therefore, I'm very impressed with his ability to create such fine detail without compromising the line quality.

Michelle said...

A week off would be nice, even though its only like a month into the semester. As for the prints, they are amazing, of course. I don't understand how they do it even after seeing the process, especially the ones with the pots. The range of value is cool. Its very impressive.

Mingo said...

I have always enjoyed the optical illusion images. They are just so boggling to force your mind to see what's there. This week should be interesting..

Liv Radke said...

Aquatinting, oh how I miss the laborious and sometimes frustrating process but as we can all see it has such great results. Hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day and is looking forward to Mardi Gras!

Britt Vogt said...

I'm ready to put another image on my stone... LET ME AT IT :D

Tylor Fischer said...

At first i thought the object resting in front of the figure in the litho print was a laptop and thought that this was some sort of weird homage piece. I am very curious the "Soft Ground" is in the 3rd baby print. It has almost a photographic quality. I am looking forward to learning some more of these wonderful "Joel solutions"

Joanne said...

yay for litho! i have yet to print my stone...but i have a feeling that tomorrows the day and i can't wait to get started on my next one!

The Traveling Torso said...

wow. mad crazy still lives. still life's ? hmmm, not sure of the appropriate way to do that....regardless...figuring out who we are...that's quite the challenge. let's begin eh?

The Traveling Torso said...

damn, i did the thing again where i'm the traveling torso.

Mark K said...

I'm with Tylor, the William Bailey print looks like it could be an old time type photograph. I really like the Hollar prints. Insane amount of detail created by all the little lines. They both look like they should be in and old school biology book or something like that.

TonY Vang said...

chicago trip pictures are here if u want to see it.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2179184&id=73408443&l=515acc2f1e

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2179186&id=73408443&l=7448efb30d

Nate S said...

siiickk. fun stuff. Pumped for my next image on the Maria (the stone). Gotta get working.

Mallory_Heesch said...

So as I was initially browsing the post, I totally thought that the William Bailey still life was a photograph! He did such an amazing job with the etching and aquatint!

Johnson said...

Oh, mardi gras...we could just not have class and push back some deadlines watch alice in wonderland and such, that would be good don'tcha think? As for the prints, I'm lovin the animal prints, as usual. I need to hone in on my aquatint skills so i can produce an even, blended range of tones because I always seem to be drawn to and envious of those kind of prints.

Kirky B said...

The Tony Cragg still life is really intriguing. I trying to figured out the high contrast and incredible difference in the values..

Marissa said...

I looked at some of the other Larmessin prints; they're so funny! I especially like "Habit de Jardinier" and "Habit de Fontainier".
Even though I'm looking at it, and I've seen it in the big kids' prints, I don't really understand how aquatint is going to make my prints look. So I guess I'll play, like babies do, until I figure it out.

EllieRose said...

I'm confused, but at once, everything is so clear. A moment of clarity toward my utter confusion. Look forward to playing with tears, like baby Marissa.

Kirky B said...

This made me think of nate and group adviser BPJ

www.dailymotion.com/video/xbol51_parkour-motion-reel_creation

Bethany said...

The still like aquatints are intense. I would love to see them close up to see all the detail. While we were in Chicago I checked out the print rooms and the aquatints/ lithos were incredible. Can't wait to start cranking out prints.

sforecki said...

i think the halloween prints are very interesting. i am really excited for how my print has turned out about my nightmare. and i am really excited for the halloween party