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, October 21, 2011

Fearful Fools... it's Charles and Ralph

Print Fools, the countdown continues. 
Halloween will happen in the Shop on Thursday the 27th and Monday Oct 31. Since last weeks post was to disturbing this week's will be easier on your gentle souls. 


Charles Meryon. (1821-1868) wrote of the print below: 
 
"This monster which I have represented does exist, and is in no way a figment of imagination. I thought I saw in this figure the personification of Luxuria [Lust]."


Le Stryge (The Vampire). 1853 and later. Etching. Delteil-Wright 25; Schneiderman 27.vi/x. 6 5/8 x 5 1/16 (sheet 9 3/4 x 7 1/2).
 

Ralph Steadman wrote of the print ( series) below:
(click the title post to see the etchings. lithos etc..)
“…Such creatures may well have existed but became extinct on account of their unlikely forms. Some may well have never existed and it is is merely me playing God…”







Animal Behaviorist #1   Simboculus noop (Luserphile) and Bullipompus torquonlinus (Pronkmoker)





Animal Behaviorist #8    Tursiops lupinus (Grunt Slob)


 Now Print Fools, go to PrintFeverFotos and check out the past Halloween days. Bring your cameras.
(and since I was late last week on the post - i'll give you till Wed to post for last week)
BPJ




20 comments:

Elizabeth Rose Bowman said...

Hmm...that first print doesn't look to lusty or hotblooded to me in the least, more as if he is 'pooh poohing' the crows.

Also.....Tursiops lupinus????
Did this not look wrong to anyone else? Tursiops is the genus given to Bottlenose dolphins and lupinus for lupine flowers. Which isn't very cohesive for "Grunt Slob" but Ralph was probs just having some funnnnnnn or whateves.

Sassalyn said...

So I have an interesting comment on what Ralph says about his work besides the fact that I am quite fond of his funny little creatures.

There is a whole philosophy behind art, of course, but recently while reading a zen buddhist article there was a comment about creativity and what art truely is. This philosopher claimed that artists look at an subject objectively and therefore create characteristics of the thing you are trying to re-create but you never actually do so. You can only create a new entity with its own essence and world. Who knew Ralph was a zen buddhist.

Britt Vogt said...

Really like this Ralph guy. I had no idea that these animal behaviorist prints were screen prints. Nice. And browsing his website, this guy is pretty funny, I think he would get along nicely in our shop. Some of his work that I really liked were the wine print serious with multiple screens, it reminds me of monoprinting, and the portraits he has done of famous authors in etchings.

Christina said...

I don't get how the first print is "lust" either. He just looks like he is playing with the crows. I really like the contrast between the really dark and light areas in this print though. Ralph's print just made me laugh because they remind me of a darker version of Dr. Seuss characters

Katie said...

I love the personality and unique view that goes into each of these animal behaviorist works. It's amazing how artist's personalities come out in their pieces.

Nate Shields said...

haha i really like the different styles incorporated in each on of these and how each creature emits a sort of personality despite being totally novel. Especially like #2 Penipulus nipt, and overall the lack of borders or a defined edge to the piece. But uh-oh BPJ what is that big ol' writing underneath...so distracting ;)

megan said...

Definitely a fan of the creatures he created. It could be a fun idea to play around with. Reminds me of the weird drawings I used to do in middle school where I'd combine two different animals into one. Haha. Also crazy that they are silk screens. I'm really excited to learn that process one of these days :)

Jenna Phish said...

Haha love these creatures! they have a fun and dark side to them. But yeah, I also don't see the "lust" in the first one...whatever floats his boat I guess.

P.S. can't wait to wear my costume on thursday and see everyone else's!!

Keriann said...

I love steadmen's series! They are very playful and fun to look at! the remind me of little kids drawings of monsters, but are of much higher quality.

LOVE them!

Clarice said...

I love the imagination in them. Only when I looked these up did I see that they are screen printed! hmmm, are we learning something this week BPJ?

Hax said...

Artist statement is glorious.

Dani W said...

The first print is pretty awesome. However, it really does not remind me of anything dealing with lust. I do find Ralph's creatures very interesting though. They are a bit like collages, but way more cool than that. He also seems pretty funny. The silkscreen titled Poopsie is probably my favorite. That facial expression on the dog is just priceless.

Still needing to plan out my halloween costume... but it will come together soon!

Crack Baby Anna said...

I love the dark whimsy of Ralph's characters. I think I'm attracted to his work because he doesn't take himself too seriously but he still definitely has a message.

LiARS said...

mmmm. ralphs creatures are pretty freaky man. i like the gestural nature some of his figures. the certainly have a direction and definition but the have such a sense of aggression and unease about them with the gestural qualities they contain.

it makes me want to bring several pounds of bacon to class...

Rachel Albrecht said...

Ralph's prints are so interesting. I agree with Christina in that they remind me of dark Dr. Seuss characters =)

Today was definitely a good Halloween day!

Joanne said...

can we invite ralph to our shop please? his prints are really intriguing and humorous.

as for everyones comments on the first one not portraying lust...lust doesnt have to be in a sexual way. it can just be a passionate desire for something. perhaps the creature is jealous of the birds and wishes he were flying with them?

Joanne said...

also it does have kind of a voyeuristic quality to it, which adds to to the passionate desire for something.

Sweet Marissa said...

These creatures are adorable and I want them as pets(even if they do attack chickens and ferrets)! So...when are we learning screen printing again??
His color lithos are sooo crazy; they look impossible!

Molly said...

"Lust"...not so sure about that one, but love his other prints. They are great! Please tell me we get to learn screen printing soon!!

So excited for Halloween! I am expecting greatness from the costumes this year!

Sikorski said...

B.A. his drawing is sketchy and goes perfectly with printing, im digging the creatures. I can probably learn a thing or two from these works.