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, October 23, 2010

Rules 1 of Halloween Week - no toad licking

Your favorite week arrives PrintFools:
learn from the following scary images... 


 Jacques de Gheyn II

 
Jacques de Gheyn II


Jacques de Gheyn II


 Albrecht Durer 




Toad licking seems to be the newest intoxicating fad amongst you TeaPartiers and Hipsters (I am glad you stopped huffin' the denatured alcohol), so I traced its roots back to witches who kept toads to lick ... click the title post to learn why you should stop doing this asap. 

See you this week in Costume, bearing treats of course.
BPJ

26 comments:

Bethany said...

Sometimes what people do in private should not be public knowledge. Especially since it may give other ideas? Thanks for the warning though BPJ. I'll be sure to stay far, far away.

All of the prints posted here by Jacques de Gheyn II have an elegant fluidity to them causing your eye to dance across the plane.


I am almost as excited for this as I was for the film Typeface. Seriously check this out. Coolest machine ever.

http://vimeo.com/15032988

Jess ( Clarice ) said...

honestly I prefer the poisonouspr tree frogs. I really like the softness of the first print and am wondering what technique was used? Also the imagery is very detailed and sucks me in. I really find the creature that the two figures sitting on very interesting.

Old Greg said...

Toad licking? I do nothing of the sort! Halloween and all its fun and darkness is what i'm all about. The detail in these prints is awesome, and the line type really sets the mood. They are intriguing and they really draw you in to take a closer look....at least that did for me!

Britt Vogt said...

This is my favorite week, I love Halloween! But I am against toad licking... Albrecht Durer is one of my all-time favorite printmakers, My eye is attracted to the complexity of his line. Here is a creepy sea monster print, thought I would share in the spirit of Halloween :D

http://zoom.artsmia.org/fif=/mia/fpx/38/mia_38530b.fpx&init=-0.3839779,0.0,1.3839779,1.0&rect=0.058011055,0.25,0.94198895,0.75&wid=640&hei=480&lng=en_US&enablePastMaxZoom=OFF&bgc=85,85,85&page=mia-basic-zoom.html&obj=uv,1.0&cmd=zoom_out

Sassalyn said...

That is the funniest thing I have heard in a while. Perhaps he was trying to find his prince, and was just going about it in the wrong way. I mostly feel bad for the toad, he didn't ask to be licked, and now he's locked up too...being poked at in a crime lab.
The prints are very cool, its amazing what line can do.

Liv Radke said...

Poor little Toad! I agree with Bethany. I hope this didn't give anyone else ideas. I hope a bunch of kids aren't trying to lick toads now. Although this could explain the whole princess kissing a frog thing and him turning in a prince. If she accidentally licked him by mistake she may have hallucinated the frog as a prince...so many dreams were just crushed.

Albrecht Durer is a favorite of mine too! So excited for Halloween in the shop!!!

Cruel Ass said...

Jeeeeez! Some freaky prints on here...

BPJ, question...

Would you consider this "general to the specific" or "specific to the general"?

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/25Sakn/www.pelourinho.com/movies/c003702/

Tristan D. said...

I really love the range of tones produced in these prints (or at least the first three). The first print is probably my favorite because of the range of grays used to create depth in the print. Not to mention the awesome, weird-ass creature.

As for toad licking, I do not understand the risk exposing yourself to the harmful diseases as a trade off for a high. That's just dumb.

K_Rad09 said...

Kristine.

Love them, so extremely weird but even more captivating but as they say everyone likes dirty laundry :) I really like the fluidity of the line as well as how all the pieces take advantage of value to create the mood.

Shawn said...

Ok denatured alcohol is for babies. The real printshop huffers go for the lithotine! :p The last de Gheyn print has amazing use of line. They are violent and gentle at the same time. Smoke and wind work is outstanding really.

Betsy V said...

Couldn't help but notice the Toad Licking Incident took place in Iowa. Huh.

Keriann said...

Jaques de Gheyn's prints are neat. His imagery is really interesting. I can't wait to get into the shop tomorrow and see everyone's costumes!

As far as I'm concerned.... no toad licking for me.

Marissa said...

Oh, news reporters with their banter and their puns :) Who thinks to lick a toad?

Jacques de Gheyn...I love the third print. I love it so much I don't even really know what to say about it. I don't understand how he makes the lines and modeling so perfect.

stormy_sky08 said...

I particularly like Durer's print which pictures a bunch of creepy babies. Its always nice to be included!

I may be a baby but I'm not a toad licker though! I'd just copy Cruel Ass' post and use it as my own but she's being a slacker so this is all I've got at 4 am on this beautiful morning!

Zach Morin said...

Pffff, why lick toads when I can do an iDoser?

http://www.i-doser.com/

But really, these prints are wicked crazy. I can't tell what's going on in them! The imagery is rather interesting though!

Carlamarie said...

I love the dark mysterious quality of the third print.. The range in value in this one is incredible.. I love the shape of all of the figures, especially the female figures in this one..so strangely beautiful…the whole scene looks very mysterious, dark and dreamy… I like his smoky spirals in the three works. Skulls, rats and skeletal figures…must be Halloween.

As for the frog licking, I’m deathly terrified of frogs so I didn’t watch the video just listened to it..and wow, I prefer less disgusting ways to get my kicks.

Kirky B said...

Bethany! I'm amped for that film! I think those machines are the coolest things I have ever seen.


http://printfeverfotos.blogspot.com/

Max Hautala said...

The intense use of line in Jacques de Gheyn II's prints gives me a feeling of shock and horror. He sure does know how to create powerful imagery.
Toads are cool.

Marikoko said...

Toad licking... How can a person come up with doing such thing! Im surprised! There are funny people out there to entertain us...:) jk

For the prints, those are like a fantasy world, and I don't feel anything creepy but fun! Lots of events going on in one piece...they are not my taste though. The last image is very different and interesting.

Molly said...

I don't know where people get such ideas...i mean really toad licking? Some people are just questionable. Today (halloween) was fun and I had a blast looking at everyones nightmares. These were definitely my favorites of all the prints we shared because they are all so different!

Thanks everyone who brought treats!

Jacques' prints are awesome too, they have so much detail and interesting subject matters.

Cappuccino said...

So- I really hope someone sees this but I found this amazing group called the ASAR which is Assemblage of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (La Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca) http://asar-oaxaca.blogspot.com/

They have some kick-ass shit and its all for their cause, trying to bring about change, etc. Some of it is in Spanish but a good portion is in English- Check it OUT!

Nate S said...

I don't think toad are ugly! Anyway that second print makes awesome use of light source and really creates a scene. pretty bamf. Also the woodcut almost makes me want to try my woodcut again....almost

Andrew Meyer said...

I thought toad licking was a main-stream thing these days? Well either way, the prints are very captivating this week. I am always floored by detailed work, especially artist who have relative and realistic artwork. I am someone who is not much of a drawer... not my strength.. more of a process and problem solver.. but I do enjoy being amazed by works of detail.

Michelle said...

Those prints are really sweet. Speaking of really sweet, the halloween party on Wednesday was pretty sweet. Everyone dressed up and brought a shit ton of treats. It was a very cool time. And I shall stop my toad licking habits. Thank you for showing me the ere of my ways.

Mark K said...

Durer, one of my favorites. Phenominal use of line to create such fluidity in the figures and so much weight behind them. "Charged with possessing a toad and having intent to use it." HAHAHAHAHA

AnnCreates87 said...

I absolutely loved the prints. They were full, rich, and fluid, not to mention the images caught my eye, good and bad.

And as far as toad licking goes, all I can say is it makes me think of Family Guy