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Friday, April 05, 2013

Stefan Eggeler



An odd little gift for the littlest printmaking fools who now begin to leave the nest and create their very own series of prints.  Stefan Eggeler created numerous prints based on literature and music. All Printfools need to be seduced by the kick ass physical technique. I'll leave the content to youall to discuss.




The witches' mass

Alternate Title: Die Hexenmesse

Portfolio (orig. lang.): Walpurgisnacht

Plate: plate 6




The musicians

Alternate Title: Die Musikanten

Portfolio (orig. lang.): Walpurgisnacht

Plate: Plate 4




How the witches anoint themselves so they can fly

Alternate Title: Wie sich die Hexen salbten auf das siefliegen konnten

Portfolio (orig. lang.): Walpurgisnacht

Plate: plate 2




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18 comments:

Dewayne Wrencher said...

These are amazing prints. I am a fan!!!. The content seems to be a combination of witch craft and it relation to the "dark-side" or evil things. It is very dark and each plate reads like a scene to a film.

Kate Knower said...

There seems to be a discussion of women and the darkness they have to them, unlike the stereotype we sometimes see of women being gentle, sweet, uplifting creatures. The very dark values do a great job of reflecting and connecting with the content. I'm surprised by how much I like these! Pretty cool!

Laura Mead said...

I think that these prints have to do with the old time fear of women as witches. There was a period in history where women we thought to be impure and damaging to men/their families, because of the "power" they had over men. But that may just be me taking this way too literally. Anyway, the line quality is very cool. The intense dark values definitely make the prints. My favorite is all the bodies hanging from the tree, with all the flesh rotted from their heads and ribs.

Kristine said...

WOah! crazy-ass prints. They have amazing line quality. At first glance I thought they were lithos and those black blacks create a serious intensity in the prints. Agreeing with Laura Mead, my favorite is the hanging witches. I like the light and detail in the bodies in contrast to the blackness of the tree. As far as content goes. Well obviously witches. But to me it seemed more connected with why they are being killed. So I'd say maybe it's more about fear or women/women with power or femininity, which might be symbolized by the nakedness and specific mutilations.

Ben said...

I'm really digging these intaglios. I have been trying to layer my own aquatints and lines with several separate etches. The darker areas with the contrast of blacks between the lines and aquatints is a good example of how this can be done. Eggeler's prints are pretty good and a lot can be taken away from the way he works with his intaglios.

Kelsey Walsh said...

These prints were intense and very dark. I loved that he used stories and different songs for his content very cool. I also like the contrast between the surroundings and the women. The women are so bright and soft looking compared to their darkest of dark surroundings. The line quality on these print are simply amazing.

Sikorski said...

Dark and grimy. These are awesome and the reaction that they have been receiving is well suited. Pagan were seen as outcasts and I think these prints show the amount of scare they gave people during those times, all though that is just an assumption.

Chelsey Heintz said...

Not exactly my cup of tea, but they are intriguing, none the less. I do like the subject of witches tho.

Ben Kremer said...

ho shit, the darkness in the content / aesthetic of these prints makes me feel right at home. I especially love "the musicians" one, too beautiful. I agree with the other print fools in saying there is some definite darkness associated with the woman figure. Sort of like he never got over his first ex girlfriend or something, we can all relate. Overall I thoroughly enjoy these dark valued dark themed prints.

Amanda Munsen said...

Not exactly my style but the intensity of the black and white is pretty awesome.

mandy said...

Although the content it pretty creepy, I am kind of intrigued by it. People were so crazy with their suspicions of woman being witches, and trying to find the "dark side" of people that it consumed them. Loved the line quality of these prints and the range of value.

Rachel said...

Black magic fools.
Prints are interestingly drawing me in...

Taylor Schroeder said...

These are amazing. So much to look at. Definitely intimidating at first. My favorite is the one with the women in dresses. I like the major contrast between the lines and the deepness of the black etch.

Dean Johnson said...

These are pretty crazy. The intensity is just crazy to me

Dean Johnson said...

These are pretty crazy. The intensity is just crazy to me

Clint Tudahl said...

I really like the almost smoky line quality Stefan Eggeler achieves. He is truly a dirty printmaker. His figures are very gestural which adds to the content of his prints quite well.

Clint Tudahl said...

I really like the almost smoky line quality Stefan Eggeler achieves. He is truly a dirty printmaker. His figures are very gestural which adds to the content of his prints quite well.

Dana Grant said...

I like the use of darkness. My favorite is The Musicians.