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, October 31, 2010

Jose Ramon Alejandro

Jose Ramon Alejandro
Corona de las frutas, 1990

Jose Ramon Alejandro

Aguamor de candiafuertes III., 2003 (click title post for a couple more)

A couple of lithos for you PrintFools....
Jose Ramon Alejandro comes to us from Cuba. 

Great work with the costumes and treats last week, keep watching PrintFeverFotos for more pics. Did you see we were haunted last Thursday by our pals at CannonBall? They cut wood, hack computers and probably lick toads?

 

23 comments:

Cappuccino said...

oo gradations, shadows, I miss litho so much haha. Hopefully next semester I can get back into it. One thing that I want to work on is not losing those details during the printing process, something that I got the hang of at the very end of last semester. Hopefully it'll "come back to me." Also- Cheers for the CP post- my sister lives in NYC. Maybe I'll send her to get me some holiday presents.

Tristan D. said...

Whoa, Jose can really get his detail goin'! I love Corona de las frutas. It's so dark, raw, and unusual. The high contrasting tones help too. If only Halloween lasted longer!

BeardedBabyBen said...

I really like those litho prints, hopefully I can fit Litho into my schedule next semester. I'd really like to learn how to do that. on a separate topic, I'm a little confused about all this talk of toad-licking..... in-class-demonstration?

Marikoko said...

Wow! Very interesting pieces... juicy fruits... but those are not just about the fruits. Looking at Alejandro's prints, I feel his prints are mixture of something completely opposite, for example, contemporary vs traditional, organic vs inorganic, and nature vs human made. Also, it definitely contains sensuality. So, it's creepy, but somehow clear and clean because of the objects drew in the picture as well as the fruits.

AnnCreates87 said...

The shadows in "Corona de las frutas" is great. I was never quite able to get such a range in blacks, whites, and greys. It's great to see that there was no detail lost, it's a beautiful print. Makes me want to pick up litho again.

Liv Radke said...

I feel such a connection to Jose's work after this past weekend, where I had fruit attached to my head! So many papyas and so much detail. I love seeing when artist cross over from painting to printmaking. It just goes to show that each descipline feeds into others and it good to never get too comfortable in just one media.

Molly said...

There is so much detail in these prints! He gets such a range of lights and darks which creates an eerie affect to something that usually isn't eerie at all, fruit! No idea how to do Litho, but looks awesome and would love to learn!

K_Rad09 said...

Kristine

Holy details! I want that. One thing I really miss is the detail and control you can achieve while drawing. I love this and would definetly like to learn. The contrasting values used also really attribute to the quality of the pieces. awesome.

Joanne said...

jose gets an amazing range of values in his prints that i would die for. perhaps i should pick up a litho stone this semester and get working? yes. i think i will. i'm also enjoying the background in the print 'pilotes'. the other weekend i was at a gallery opening for a woman named aletha jones. she has a very similar style with several of her drawings. definitely gonna try that out. some of her watercolors remind me of nicks prints too, some of the same imagery. check out her gallery (http://www.alethajones.com/statement.htm), her show was amazing and is still up at the Alexander House in Port Edwards, WI until November 30th! so if you happen to be in the area check it out

side note: im beginning to feel better print fools and i think i shall return to the shop tomorrow. hooray! being away for a week has been too long.

Keriann said...

Jose's prints are awesome. I've been missing litho a little bit this semester. This makes me want to do it even more!

On a side note I've been getting a lot of feed back on inkteraction about a print exchange I proposed. There are even a few international groups. Is there anyone interested in helping me set this up? so far tubby, Joanne, Higley, kirk and a few others have been helping me get things planned out... but we could use a few more people... I will be student teaching next semester and need all the help I can get to make it work. Talk to me if your interested in helping. If your interested in submitting prints to it that's great too...We will be getting info to everyone soon about it.

stormy_sky08 said...

I love the crazy contrast and shadow combined with bright colors in the fruit images! They make me wonder if Jose is trying to parallel fertility of produce with that of humans. I'm hoping to take litho next semester to see how that all works.

Bethany said...

Tomorrow!!! The adventure to Two Rivers Wisconsin. I am super excited to be heading out on a great adventure to the Hamilton Wood type & Printing Museum. Kirk, JoJo and I are gonna come back enlightened, be jealous.

Jose Ramon Alejandro has some pretty crazy prints. You think it's just a still like from the thumbnail, but it's this sexual, almost surreal print. Very intriguing. Love that he prints on fabriano paper.

Jim Dunn said...

Litho seems like a much more painterly type of printing. I really want to do that next. the lines can be blended with slow gradations which would be really fun.

Zach Morin said...

Let's get down to brassass tax here (ha, see what I did there?). These prints aren't just about open fruit and bananas! I love the saturation and hue of colors used (in the color stuff). The detail in a lot of the black and white ones are simply oustanding as well.

Britt Vogt said...

Litho can really work for you as long as you respect the Litho gods and follow the black magic handbook exactly, then and only then can you get the astounding results of Jose Ramon Alejandro! And I definitely agree with the others, there is more than fruit going on in these prints.

p.s.
I am up for helping with a print exchange!

Rachel said...

awesome value in jose's prints

I'm pumped to get started on our new baby projects, hopefully I'll get a good range of values in my prints.. inspired? Hells yeah!

Marissa said...

Love the contrast and the strange use of color in some of them.I can't wait to learn litho :)

I would like to say something more profound about these, but honestly all I can think about right now are vaginas and penises...

Kirky B said...

In 12 and what is this?

But to be real Alejandro's prints might be a little over sexualized for my tastes but I think his surrealist style is really interesting.

Ps. Wood type for days at the Wayzgoose!

Sarahhigley said...

I'm so excited to do litho next semester! I've been watching you litho heads eat it up for a few years now and I finally have the chance to have a go at it. This artist shows how much drawing is involved in lithography. Those who dont know much about printmaking would probably assume they were drawings and not prints.

Mak said...

I enjoy the way this fruit is presented. Looks edible.

VLAO said...

Great gradation and details in these prints. One thing I have really learn to like about print is the fine details that one can create.

Mark K said...

Not going to lie, Alejandro isn't my deal, but I respect the patience and detail that he put into his prints (especially Corona de las frutas).

Nate Shields said...

detailssss! love it. jealous of the smooth value transitions...and the fact that the shading looks like an aquatint even though its a litho. shweeeet.