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, February 04, 2011

More Goya - LOS PROVERBIOS • DISPARATES

 “Only mystics, clowns and artists, in my experience, speak the truth...”Malcolm Muggeridge

and Fools of course... 
  "...The series was published under the title Los Proverbios, although Goya's own captions for the working proofs include the word "disparates," meaning "follies"..."
(Click the title post)


 Foolish Extravagance
Disparate de tontos

  Flying folly

Unbridled Foolishness

Go to the links below to read the proverbs and see the complete series:




 

27 comments:

Katie said...

Having pulled our first prints and realizing the amount of effort it takes to create a truly black, dark value I am impressed with how dark these prints are. Goya is an incredible print maker and has a uniquely strange mind.

Keriann said...

Goya's art is always so amazing. In this series I was really drawn to his image Disparates. It is so dark, but there is still so much detail to look at. It is so incredible! While I was looking through the different images on the links the image Feminine Folly also had a preliminary work made from a wash and chalk. I am so use to seeing goya's prints it was interesting to see that preliminary work done in the other media.


On another note...... If you haven't signed up for the exchange you definitely should! go check out our blog printfools.blogspot.com or talk to me about it! It is going to be amazing and everyone should do it! Sign up on the sign up sheets in the shop!!!!!

P.S. If you have signed up for the exchange make sure you are working on your prints they are due March 1st and there are going to be ABSOLUTELY NO LATE SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED!!!

Sassalyn said...

Goya has a unique vision on the world. Able to see all of these foolish things in day to day lives and portray them as a dark joke, with an underline note of truth and seriousness.
I'll be interested to see how we all portray our follies we,ourselves, partake in through our flying fools.

Jess ( Clarice ) said...

I love the softness of the gradation between the values, especially in the
print Tras El Vicio El Fornicio. What is the technique burin?

Britt Vogt said...

I love puns. Even better imagery that plays on words, for instance Goya's Dancing on a Slack Rope, that shows a person seated on a horse, balancing in the air on a tightrope. It is such a unique way to make a comment on society. Goya is sometimes very blunt with his political statements, but I enjoy his more subtle jabs at society. Anyone can be loud and brash and attention getting, but it takes a gifted artit to come up with the appropriate composition, imagery, and techniques to succesffully convey their message. I also love the figures in Strange Madness that are huddled on a branch like robins nesting in the spring.

Dani W said...

I really enjoyed looking at Goya's prints. The value that is accomplished in the pieces is very amazing to me. Having inked my first plate and realizing how much I will actually have to scratch away to get more value shows me how good Goya's work is. I really liked the piece "A way of flying" especially. The really dark sky in contrast to the figures is very appealing.

Tim said...

Goya’s printmaking continues to astound me. His incredible value and darks really show me that I need to etch and delve much deeper into my own values in my plate. After pulling a few of my first prints this gives me a much deeper appreciation for the time and intricate nature of his prints and the incredible amount of dedication it takes. The extreme contrast shown in ‘A Way of Flying’ really caught my attention. I suppose this ominous relation of foreground and figures really provokes an emotional response from me. I love his use of “clowns” and I cant wait to see how all of our fools turn out.

Christina said...

His prints are super impressive. I would love to learn how to get the different soft values he uses in the background.
By the way, who was Malcolm Muggeridge?
Also, are we dressing up Monday or Wednesday? Let's make it Wednesday.

Cruel Ass said...
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Cruel Ass said...

Iiiiiiiiii like where this is all going. Goya was such a master, I really like what he did with his outlooks on society and I really valued his humor he sprinkled into his emotional values. He's entertaining and darn good with detail.

Tristan D. said...

I always find a teeny bit of humor in each Goya work I've seen. It's hidden behind the odd scenery.

I guess I'm just fascinated with how Goya's imagery makes my brain wonder what the hell is really going on.

sarah mc said...

The thing that strikes me the most about Goya's prints is the movement, my favorite is the Foolish Extravagance and the Young Woman on a Bucking Horse. These two especially have that frozen moment quality

mmmegan said...

Goya's work is still fascinating. The amount of detail he uses is incredible and as usual, the content is unique. "Matrimonal Extravagance" was particularly grotesque, and "The Folly of Fear" was creepy but one of my favorites.

Stephanie said...

Geez...how did I end up a slacker? Sorry! Goya's work is amazing. I can't imagine getting that much detail and value contrast in a print, but I aspire to it. I love trying to figure out the meanings of his prints...a person could spend hours looking at the works.
Can't wait to see how our next prints turn out...and to see all the Superheroes in class tomorrow!

Rachel H. said...

Inspiring for sure. I love how he isn't afraid of the process and his technique. I need to let the fear go. This will be an exciting semester for sure!

LiARS said...

mmm. i like the strong blacks in these images. the way his images are emerging from the black gives them a sinister twist. as though to say, you are a fool to mess with these fools. i like the depth of unbridled foolishness while the other two prints are interesting in their own right as the figures seem to be floating in space. like our fools will.

Molly said...

Once again, Goya's intense values are so impressive! His underlying messages mixed with his great technique make Goya a truly spectacular printmaker. I am so excited for are own fool prints, and for the flight of fools as well, of course! This is going to be a very unique and interesting semester.

Joanne said...

love goya. its exciting to see the babies pull their first prints and learn everything! sorry for teaching them slimy tricks all the time. i'll try and cut back.

Nate said...

loove it. the prints are just astounding. Goya is sick...like sick in the head. But it lead to some pretty awesome prints.

sikorski said...

I want my prints to look like his! I hope in the next few years I am able to keep improving on my skills to really show my inner thoughys and express those through print. Goya had a truly interesting mind which get my imagination flowing into many directions.

Andrew Meyer said...

Personally, I feel that Goya's prints are mindblowing. I am a big fan of artists who are able to use great technical skill to achieve incredible imagery. I personally, am not an artists of great 'traditional' technical skill, I am just an artist with something that needs to be said about society or my self or politics... etc.. I find it rare to have an artist who is both technically superior with something to say that is worth while in both there own transformation as an artist and as a statement to society.

Hax said...

I wish I could go back in time and watch Cisco the Great work.

Sarahhigley said...

The darkness in Goya's work is just as powerful as his technical skill. They both draw you into the work and make you want to know more. One question I have is...did Goya create the drawings/images/designs for his prints and then has professional printmakers do the actucal processes or was he actually doing everything himself?

Mark K said...

Goya always impresses. His use of value in this particular series is awesome. Such a great range of value in each of them as well as his awesome attention to detail. Same as with his "Caprichos" series, props to him for such a large series. Funky that it wasn't published until 40 years after he made it.

Marissa said...

I love how the contrast forces me to focus on certain people, monsters, or actions.

I'm impressed with the variety of "disparates" Goya came up with.

Old Greg said...

I agree with Nate's comment with the sick in the head bit. It does create some pretty cool prints though!

Need to harness the craziness and do work son!

Rachel said...

I really enjoy goyas prints. The detail he gets makes me jealous. I also am quite fond of the values he gets. Kinda can't wait til I work with metal again.