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, September 28, 2012

William Hogarth


OktoberVomitFest Week - 
time for some social Moral Tales

William Hogarth. Gin Lane

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William Hogarth reveals the effects of society and effects of the sloven self with a satirical social eye. Look through both series and you wont have to actually attend the Octoberfest “trainwreck” to experience innocence corrupted, jail, syphilis or the madhouse. I am sure all of your alumni print sisters and brothers regret wasting a minute on the vomit, urine drenched Octoberfest streets when they could have been in the Shop of Love. So get up there - lock yourselves in and COOK!



23 comments:

Elizabeth Rose Bowman said...

I'm the one gnawing the bone on Gin Lane.

Ben said...

Hogarth would have been fun to have around during Oktoberfest. The man clearly knew a thing thing or two about partying.

Michelle said...

The whole engraving business blows my mind. I have no idea where these people found the time to engrave these things. More importantly, what did their hands look like afterwards? I cannot imagine the pain and cramps involved. These prints are very impressive. I like how much they blow them up so you can see how intricate they are.

ashley said...

It is incredible to me how intricate these prints are. The detail is amazing! Perhaps if Hogarth were here he'd recreate a few scenes from Oktoberfest due to its general embarrassment, but I doubt it would be worth it.

Dewayne Wrencher said...

I think a lot of artist might see themselves as creators of moralistic work but few of us are at that level in our lives. I admire the more of William Hogarth and for that reason I would say I am most like William Hogarth. His engravings are raw too.

Kinden Kraeger said...
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Kinden Kraeger said...

That falling baby is going to die unless someone saves the day...Maybe this will start a new series on superheros. Yes!

Lexi said...

Look how mean that girl is being to babies! I'm glad we are at least treated better in the shop of love. The faces of the people are really interesting looking.

Clint Tudahl said...

I've always wondered how people have the patience to make engravings that detailed even before knowing anything about printmaking. Now after learning the little bit I have I am even more astounded by how much work must have gone into these prints. Gin Lane seems to be completely void of airborne rodents so that's one plus I guess...

Kate Knower said...

Props to Joel for finding a way to link the Oktoberfest obsession to class with these prints. :) The immense detail Hogarth uses is really impressive. Can't imagine myself ever having the patience to create a piece like these.

Jules said...

I'm pretty sure they are playing strip poker in the 2nd print...looks like prince Harry may have gotten his strip poker idea from past Brits. Lol...naked prince. The flying baby...wow. The hanging man is pretty raw. I would like to make etchings like this. Not necessarily hanging men, but raw in a different form. Hogarth had wonderful social art...cool to learn he helped copyrighting for artists. Even back then...copyrights were becoming necessary. Oh... And Im not Tom or Moll. Lol.

mandy said...

The detail in Hogarth's prints are crazy, I cant imagine the amount of time it took him to complete Gin Lane!! It looks pretty damn similar to the pictures I took of the streets during Oktoberfest.

megan said...

There's so much going on in these prints. You could look at them ten times and always find something new. But the dude fondling himself in The Harlot's Progress I seriously creeps me out.

Taylor Schroeder said...

These prints are crazy beautiful and intense. There is so much detail! I can't even imagine the time it took him. Plus the stories behind each and every one is so intriguing. Very clever and yes very similar to Oktoberfest and I am definitely neither Tom nor Moll.

Dean Johnson said...

pretty frickin intense. looks sweet though

andrew musil said...

I can't imagine the amount of work that is put in to make sure elaborate etchings, as well as time, and patience..

Chelsey Heintz said...

Hogarth has an intense amount of detail in his prints. And the dog just cracks me up. He looks like he's having more fun than the people. And it does look like that baby is falling to its death.

Kristine said...

Holy Moley mother of God my fingers hurt just looking at those prints. The patients these guys must have.

Dani W said...

The detail in Hogarth's prints is very impressive. There is so much going on in the prints, they would be great to play I spy with. Now do not go too crazy this final week of oktoberfest.

Kelsey Walsh said...

I can't believe that this is a engraved print. OMG ridiculous!! It seriously looks like drawings. My prints look like crap.

Sweet Marissa said...

These are beautiful and insanely detailed. I love looking at the clothing of the figures! Social art from the past is amusing to look at because of the issues that were important during that time. The Marriage a la Mode series is funny to me not only because of the way Hogarth makes fun of the how marriage was about gaining as much wealth as possible, but because that problem is outdated (and so are some of the other issues he satirizes), at least in the United States. All his series’ (seri??) seem to be little sequences of stories which I would definitely be interested in doing sometime. I like that…hmm…

Rachel said...

I wish I could have worked on my patience and produced prints instead of being around all the drunken fools at oktoberfest.

Kelsey Walsh said...

It is incredible how detailed the prints are. Mine look like poop and I can't believe we have only two weeks to complete our prints... time went by wayyy to fast.