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, January 19, 2018

Return to WAR Printfools!

Somehow the world hasn't healed itself while we were on break fools.

We can't ignore it and so we must devour it, choke and be sick... and then we must make prints about it, recalling that Picasso said, "art is is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy."

This semester we continue to explore the work of printmakers who used the poison of the world around them to make prints steeped in artistic social responsibility.

George Grosz

American, born Germany. 1893–1959

“It was my first encounter with the works of the German artist George Grosz, when I was in my twenties, which showed me that drawing need not just be a space-filler in a newspaper: in the hands of an honest man, drawing could be a weapon against evil….Look at [his drawings] and you know the world is sick. You may say that he was sick too — but it is a common mistake to believe that sick drawings indicate a sick mind, rather than a reflective indictment of society. His drawings scream indelibly of human depravity; they are an eloquently barbaric response to life and death, right through the First World War and into the wild, helpless excesses of 1920s Berlin, which rotted away the lives of all those caught up in its suicidal glee.”

—Ralph Steadman

George Grosz, German (1893-1959)

Die Zivilisation Marschiert (Civilization Marches On), from the portfolio of 64 prints

entitled "Interregnum,” 1936


And for this week:

 "The Queen of Badass"

by Mike Houston

18" x 24" woodcut/letterpress
on Heavyweight White Paper


Woodcutting printmaker Bridget Henry demonstrates:
The Reduction Woodcut:

 Baby Printmakers!

 PIOTR SZUREK, Poland,  "SELF PORTRAIT", 65x50cm

 watch this video to prepare for Mike!
Michael Houston

“Mistakes Were Made.”

"I’d like to collaborate with you and your students on an animated short (approx. 60-sec) tentatively called “Mistakes Were Made.”

The goal is to create a fun, hopefully Instagrammable collaborative drawing-based animation that comments on the disjointed relationship technology creates between the real and digital worlds, mostly made out of...cardboard. And involving poop emoji. "

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