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, March 25, 2011

Days of Flight

A story in pictures with a few words and a Moral Tale twisted in PrintFools...

Fools arrived:


Fools were installed:



Fools flew...( the moral tale: Some fools flew well as others quickly became dismembered and crashed to the floor. Fools are like your dreams, if you dream well and plan well and build well, your Fool will fly forever... in a Zen way, if you didnt, your fool was in pieces on the gallery floor...)








Fools returned to earth and went away






Fools will fly again (keep or repair your fool and stay tuned for more info on this. 

If your fool is beyond repair send her/him to another existence but make sure you  document it. Be sure and watch PrintFeverFoto and PFVideo (?) for more photos from you Fools!



29 comments:

Katie said...

It was quite the sight seeing the fools lay in a pile on the gallery floor. So are we supposed to come pick them up then?

profJ said...

You can get them Monday Katie and the other M/W Fools. We have another place to exhibit them. I will tell you more in class.

Sarah the Viper Piper said...

Fucking awesome.

Stephanie said...

This exhibit ROCKED! I just wish the fools could've stayed up longer! Can't wait to hear about the other place to exhibit them. See ya Monday!

Lisa Ulik said...

Love it! How fantastically engaging... wish I could have seen all these wondrous fools in action and walked around/under/and through them.

Bravo!

Sarahhigley said...

I thought the exhibit looked amazing when all the fools were in flight. I saw quite a few people just standing behind the glass and trying to figure it out. I think it would be nice to have some of the fools around the community!

Christina said...

I'm kind of sad that the exhibit didn't stay up longer. We spent so long and so much time making those things that it seems like they were put up just to be taken down. It was kind of weird to see them piled on the floor. But they would look really cool hanging from the ceiling or something...

Sassalyn said...

I must say it turned out way cooler then I would have even expected. Seeing them all together, and walking through them was totally worth all the effort for me. I also saw a lot of people stopping and trying to figure it out. Shock value is fun to be apart of.

mmmegan said...

The Fool Exhibit was pretty awesome. I'm sure it left a lot of people wondering and that's the best part! I wish they could have stayed up longer as well. But with so many pieces falling on the floor perhaps it was not meant to be. Who knows what the Fools' next lives have in store..

LiARS said...

my fool will live again, it just needs some leg surgery. you know that scene in the wizard of oz where they are in the emerald city and they are getting all spiffed up and the scarecrow is getting all restuffed with new stuffing and all the workers are scary happy and singing while they stuff? yeah, it will be like that.

shanskystuff said...

pretty epic. im guessing my foolz gonna need some intense back surgery. oops. tell menards their masking tape suuuucks!

Tim said...

the exhibit was pretty sweet, it was funny to walk by the gallery every few hours and see more pieces on the floor. It was pretty funny, kinda sad the show only lasted a few days, considering the effort that alot of people obviously spent on their project. I think my fool may go in some sort of tree or place people can see and wonder why it is there. Who knows, all i do is that it will be something ridiculous. On another note cant wait to get back printing!!!

sarah mc said...

Loved walking past the gallery and seeing the heap of fools fallen from flight. Such a cool sight to see. Overheard people talking/asking about all the life size dummies hanging in the gallery and how cool people thought it was!

Dani W said...

The print fools looked so interesting once all of them were up in the gallery. Even seeing the few in the print shop hanging around is pretty weird to see. I got to say, these print fools still kind of creep me out though.

Keriann said...

I miss seeing the fools hanging up in the gallery! It is exciting that they might get to have new places to fly!

Britt Vogt said...

One of my favorite parts of the exhibit was walking through the fools and seeing people on the ground surrounded by these flying figures looming overhead. Success!

Zach Morin said...

The rain got to my fool and undid the adhesive on the tape! I may have to cremate him...

KirkyB said...

Just so everyone knows, my fool was rained on and thats why it feel into a million embarrassing pieces.

profJ said...

KirkyB and BrassAss,

If a little rain fell on your dreams could we expect a similiar disaster?

Your dreams and your fool are the same...

BeardedBabyBen said...

I used my fool as an umbrella and it held up. But, my tape skills are unmatched and i only walked it about 10 feet so you can't blame the brass ass and kirkyb.

Otherwise, the gallery looked great and it's too bad it was for such a limited run. Hope to see them flying dt soon enough so maybe I can see them when Im out and about one of these nights.

Joanne said...

the fools were flying! it was great. let us know if we end up doing a second show. i'm sure i can help set up again

Andrew Meyer said...

Fooolllzzzz!!! Love it! Let's put them up EVERYWHERE!! Fly them and let the world know of our hopes and dreams!!!

Hax said...

This exhibit was short and sweet. I can't wait for another thing like this to cross our paths again.

Mark K said...

Im with everyone, a shame it was only a few days, but the next one should be good. I agree, it was really creepy to walk through all the flying fools having to duck through them all. They all looked rad when they were up.

Molly said...

I think the flying fools were a success! They looked really neat once the lighting was adjusted properly. My fool had a tiny head mishap, but it was still attached by a piece of tape when I took it down...so I don't think it was a complete disaster. Although some fools fell apart, I think it was pretty amusing walking by and looking into the gallery to see half bodies and body parts lying all over. (Don't be fooled, I don't think the fallen dreams are humorous - just the look of some of the fallen fools!)

Marissa said...

I refuse to speak of the installation day. >:(

I'll admit I liked the fools idea much better when I saw all of them together.

Rachel Albrecht said...

Photos are coming! I suck at uploading pictures in a timely manner.
I really wish the fools could have flown longer.. but I might get my wish? As for now, my fool is flying in the print room.. along with Ali's...

Cruel Ass said...

Ben! We need to make a movieeee...

Sikorski said...

I think my fool is hanging in its proper spot now...