Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Crown Point Press, San Francisco.

Here are a few pictures of the work that was up in the gallery space. Their main theme was photogravurs, which are photographs printed as etchings. Work by Susan Middleton, Sherrie Levine, John Baldessari, Gay Outlaw, Christian Bolanski, Vitto Acconci, and a few others.

The architectural space seemed interesting, and they let me view their small print shop, where most of the editioning occurs. The main print shop was in use by "a famous artist" when I visisted, so I didn't get to see it.

If you'd like to see the brochure of the exhibit, see me (It has better photos of the work).


Printmaking Assistant Needed (Volunteer Position)

If you've time on your hands this summer & a heart of gold, HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) is looking for a committed individual to assist their art instructor in making drypoints on plastic plates & printing silkscreen paper stencils. The class uses a combination of oil & water-based inks. The assistant will VOLUNTEER (translation: unpaid position) every Weds. from 5:30 - 6:30 PM, starting on April 8th & ending June 24th.
HOLA is a non-profit, community based youth center offering after school programming in the fine arts. If interested, phone 213/389-1148 &/or visit their web-site: www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp460448.jsp
Who knows, it could lead to bigger & better things within their organization & provide you with not only a great resume item, but also contacts for the future. In the past, I've worked with students on things like this as internships for class credit - it could happen again. If you're interested - let's talk.

Ruth Weisberg Monotypes

The 2 delicate monotypes repro'ed here of women in luminous pools of water are by Ruth Weisberg & are titled: "Separating the Waters III & IV," from 1998. They are currently part of an exhibition of her work (good for an extra credit review) up at the Jack Rutberg Gallery, 357 North La Brea Avenue, in Los Angeles. The exhibition runs until April 18th, with hours on Tuesday - Fridays (10AM - 6PM) & Saturdays (10AM - 5PM).

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Art 376 extra credit: Ink and Clay

Ink and Clay at the Cal Poly Pomona art Gallery is an exhibition showcasing artworks made either by using printmaking, drawing, or clay. The exhibition held a large variety of sculpture and printmaking artworks, both traditional and non traditional in approach. For purposes of this class I will be focusing only on the print artworks. The exhibition showcased many different types of prints, from relief, to intaglio, to photo processes, to even silkscreen on glass. Many prints caught my eye, for instance Dave Lefners impressive reduction linocut titled “The Orpheum.” This print is a relatively large triptych featuring the old-time theater utilizing a primary color structure. I was very impressed by Lefners precision, his ability to create clean precise shapes through the tedious reduction cut process. The shiny electric lit theater makes a perfect subject matter for Lefners tightly registered, hard edge aesthetic. Another impressive linocut and my favorite of the exhibition is Mariko Ishii’s “Sound of Breeze.” Counter to Lefner’s crisp pop art aesthetic, Ishii’s print is a descendant of impressionism. Ishii beautifully and meticulously crafted forest scene is replete with small gouged marks that build up to render the foliage of the desolate forest. What I found most interesting is how the many marks all serve to build form and to dissolve form at the same time. The hundreds of small marks create the illusion of foliage, however the excess of the similar marks simultaneously blur and dissipate the illusionist space. I was also impressed by how much movement she is able to capture with the linocut. It is very easy for a painter to create velocity with a gestural brushstroke, however to recreate the same momentum in a linocut takes great skill. The viewer definitely can hear the “sound of a breeze” in this print and seemingly one can see the breeze as the maelstrom of small marks swirl and sway and the layering of inks pushes and pulls space. Another beautiful piece inspired by the landscape is Nathan Abel's etching and chin colle entitled “Decaying Accession.” This relatively small piece is a haunting rendition of a landscape in black and white. This is not a beautiful landscape of the impressionists, this is a gloomy almost apocalyptic view of the expansive scenery. This landscape is in a state of flux. The blurry hazy mass of marks build up to create some type of force, whether real or surreal that overtakes the landscape. The only sign of humanity is an upright ladder on the left of the print. The ambiguity of the position of the ladder, adds a surrealist layer to the piece. The haziness of the print also makes it seem as if the landscape is a remembered one, a dreamt one, one that is not concrete. The intangible quality makes the print a very haunting piece. I was very inspired to see all of the prints, especially the great lino and reduction cuts. Overall I felt the exhibition had a very nice representation of printmakers and sculptors. There were numerous other great prints and sculptures to view, these three prints were the ones that garnered the most attention from me. Ink and Clay runs up until May 22 at Cal Poly Pomona.

-Andrew Armas

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bonnie's Traced/Mixed Media Monotype

Here's Bonnie Saland's largely traced (& unpredictable) monotype - a definite meditation in color with primary emphasis on the human body. 

"Homeless Man and His Dog Reading the Newspaper"

This socially aware lithographic image by San Bernardino printmaker Christie printmaker Christie Reynolds is but 1 of many wonderful prints up in "Ink & Clay" @ Cal Poly Pomona. The exhibition, currently in the W. Keith & Janet Kellogg Art GAllery runs until May 2nd, & is a worthy one for 3 extra credit points. The address is: 3801 West Temple Avenue, & the phone # is: 909/869-4302. Gallery hours are Tues. - Fri. 11 - 4 PM, & Sat., 12 - 4 PM.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lost & Found Zinc Etching Plate

Dear Guys & Gals of Art 370 on Friday - I found an orphan! He's a cute little zinc etching plate who needs a kind home. Interested? Did you lose sight of him? He's currently living in my office, but as you know, it's no home for an innocent child.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Check out the Penland website!!!

It has interesting workshops and residential programs!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Nick's Turtle

OK, OK, I know that St. Patrick drove the snakes & not the turtles from Ireland, but I thought that this completely GREEN monotype image Nick Bonanno created apropos for March 17th. (FYI - evidence "suggests" that post-glacial Ireland never had any snakes...sorry!)

Please don't forget that today is the day to submit print work to Kimiko for the "Ink 3" show, & do try to get over to the galleries to see Tyler's etchings & lithographs...they are amazing images!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Houseguest: curated by artist Francesca Gabbiani at The Hammer Museum

I visited the Hammer Museum, March 3. One of the exhibits we were able to see was the second in the Hammer Museum’s “Houseguest” Series - a new series in which artists are invited to curate a show from among the UCLA’s diverse collections which include the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer, UCLA’s Departments of Special Collections at both the Charles E. Young Research Library and the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

Los Angeles-based artist Francesca Gabbiani explores the subjects of witchcraft and sorcery, the mysterious and macabre. She selects images and illustrations of poisonous and deadly plants, unearthly figures, saints and fairies. The works date from the Renaissance up to the present and her selection includes prints from Albrecht Dürer , Pieter van der Heyden, Hans Baldung Grien, Jacques Callot , Marc Chagall, Kathe Kollwitz, and Paul Klee.

The works are intentionally installed in a ring which brings us in to her spell. It is a thought provoking show that stretches the imagination.

Related Programs

Hammer Lectures: Do What Thou Wilt: Kenneth Anger on Aleister Crowley and the Occult

Hammer Lectures: Museum of Jurassic Technology's David Wilson

Hammer Screenings: Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag)

PERMANENT COLLECTION - Hammer Daumier Collection
While you’re there don’t forget to check out the Hammer’s Permenent Collection. Aquatints by Picasso, Etchings and Drypoints by Whistler and for those History of Printmaking buffs, Claude Mellan’s engraving “Sudarium of Saint Veronica”.

The Hammer has a terrific website - for more info on upcoming events, screenings, lectures and programs check out their calendar:


The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310.443.7000

posted by: Nancy Young

The subject of Nancy's trace monotype - performing Saturday March 14, 2009

8:00 - 10:00 PM

Michelle has put together an exciting evening in honor of Womens History Month for you featuring…you guessed it – WOMEN! Join us for an acoustic performance by Michelle, Steve and Angela, plus guests:
SHORT FILM - Independent filmmaker Debra Stell
ART EXHIBIT - Local artist Dorothy Rausa
PLUS…A Raffle for a cool vintage drum set!!!!!!!

The Mirage Coffeehouse
539 E. Bixby Road - Long Beach

Go to http://www.whatisasaint2u.com/ to hear her new release & post comments.



please send me your song's before Thursday at 9pm. Say you sent me your song on friday morning, it will not be on the cd! Thanks guys!


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan Solo B.F.A. Printmaking Exhibition~La Sangre del Amor: Ausencia y Presencia (The Blood of Love: Absence and Presence)

A native of Los Angeles, Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan.s work echoes intersections of her dual existence as an artist of hybrid cultures and influence.  Her prints, photographs, and mixed media installations draw from a range of thematic interpretations.  Exploring elements of cultural rituals and sacred iconography, social and political matters of justice, and the complexities of human/ecological relations, Jennifer.s work sifts through layers of both interior and exterior realms.  To view more work, go to: http://www/artslant.com/global/artists/show/31363-jennifer-gutierrez-morgan
For more information contact: jennlaca@gmail.com


Dear Printmakers -

Kimiko Miyoshi is organizing a printmaking group exhibition, INK 3, which will be installed on 3/20. It will be in the Werby Gallery & the reception is on Sunday, 3/22. She is hoping that many of you can show 1 or 2 prints. This show is not only open to official majors, but open to any & all with good prints. She is hoping to collect the prints by Monday, 3/16, or 3/18 at the latest.

Should you have any questions, just let her know!
Thanks - Roxanne

Monday, March 9, 2009

Leonard Baskin's "Medusa" image

Here's an image to get you right with the world - an ink & watercolor drawing by the late, great, Leonard Baskin. I posted a link to a website at Smith College where you can look at his woodcuts, linocuts & etchings from an exhibition of images of women. 

Sunday, March 8, 2009

2009 BFA Now Exhibition

2009 BFA Now Printmaking Exhibition. The goal is to encourage excellence by recognizing the unique contributions artists make through undergraduate studies.
This is an international call for entries, students of any country, or nationality are encouraged to participate. Work may be of any size, medium, or process. The definition of printmaking is being widely defined. The deadline for on-line entries is soon - March 15th. Find out more info by going to the following link: http://www.bfanow.org/index.html

Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan's Prints

Please join us today, March 8th 2009, for the 12th Annual Mujeres De Maiz celebration for an art exhibition in honor of International Women's Day! Your support is always appreciated. All information is posted on the "favorite links" section. BFA Printmaker Jennifier Gutierrez Morgan will be showing her work (including new drypoints) at this venue.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

"Impressions" Exhibition

In case any of you should find yourselves in Manchester, NH next month, my work will be shown in a printmaking exhibition @ the New Hampshire Institute of Art's "French Building Gallery,"  in Manchester. 

Friday, March 6, 2009



Hey guys, Morgan here.

Here is a site for all you mac users to download your mp3 trimmer so you can e-mail me a song thats about a minute long

Here is a site for all you WINDOWS users to download your mp3 trimmer so you can e-mail me a song thats about a minute long

You can either e-mail me the song itself or if you have trouble you can e-mail me the song title and i will download it, just tell me the artist name and the song and about the time you want me to start it and stop it. Also, you can give me a flash drive with the song on it, or a Cd.

If you have any questions, ask me in class or e-mail me at COWGRL239@yahoo.com

thanks guys!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Dont Mess With The BESHT

Michael Cohen submitted his self portrait print "Dont Mess With The BESHT" at an art competition hosted by Jewlicious Festival. Michael placed first in the competition and his print was showcased for the 800+ participants during the 3 day festival. Diwon, a Hip Hop DJ and Emcee who performed at the festival took a cardboard cut out of the print on tour with him to put on stage, and some festival goers asked if it was for sale. The print is mixed media; monoprint and silkscreen. He hopes to make some high quality lazer prints of the poster for sale soon. Michael is a BFA printmaking student @ Cal State Long Beach and will graduate this spring 2009. His senior show opens Sunday April 5th @ 5pm at the Art Galleries on campus. His artwork is inspired by his experiences as an Orthodox Jewish youth in a seemingly Unorthodox Art World. For more information on this (hopefully) up and coming artist, check out www.MichaelMordechai.com

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Hey all, Morgan here. Here is a pic of my taped up fingers holding my cheap cutter while I wait for my flexcut tools to get shipped. Maybe tomarrow. Hopefully, so I can use them for the details. Also, my huge mess of shavings all over my room floor.
Here is my guitar woodcut from last year printed in color.

WPA Printed Posters

Need some inspiration for a future print? Desire a window onto the past? Look into the WPA poster website posted under the favorite links section of this blog. The illustration seen here is from the "Health & Welfare" section & looks to be a stenciled screen-print.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Printmaker Donna Westerman featured in local (OC) show

The Visual Word
Coastline Art Gallery
10156 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
February 5 - March 7, 2009

This exhibition showcases the art of contemporary hand-made artist books. Featured artists include Carole Gelker, Jane Bauman, Elena Mary Siff, Carol Miura, United Catalysts, Mary Heebner, Janice Lowry, Amandine Piomelli, Suvan Geer, and Donna Westerman.

Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Admission and parking are free.
Directions: From the 405 freeway: Exit at Brookhurst Street and go south. Turn left on Adams Avenue. Turn right into the shopping center, then take a left into the gallery parking lot.

Etchings by Victoria Goro-Rapaport

Extra Credit Opportunity! Be the 1st to pen & post a review (1 concise pg. with photos please) of Victoria Goro-Rapaport's exhibition @ The Old Town Gallery in Tustin. The exhibition of her epic etchings runs until April 4th, & the gallery hours are: Thurs. - Sat., 12 - 5 PM. Her work features exceptional detail & dense layering that borrows heavily from collage elements.
John & Merrie Powers run the gallery & John has his etching studio in the back. If you ask nicely, chances are good he'll be happy to show you his own etchings & press set up. 
Cheers! Roxanne

Adrian Mixes Green & He Really Likes It!

Here's Adrian Lizarraga mixing some green ink, while wearing a green shirt, hat & gloves...so perhaps it is true about how the colors you choose to mix on any given day invariably matching what you throw on your back in the AM. No doubt this deserves a more careful study!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright...

To the left, a printed image & poem by the late, great, English visionary - William Blake. On the bottom is Maddie Dierkes' 2009 additive monotype - a close-up of the "fearful" beast. In Blake's words: "What immortal hand or eye/Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Camilla Picks Up An Award

Sorry that this image has a big fold right in the center, but you can still clearly see Printmaking graduate student Camilla Taylor accepting a check from Masha Schweitzer for the LAPS (Los Angeles Printmaking Society) Foundation Scholarship Award. Also included in the photograph are renown printmaker Donna Westerman & Josephine Press Founder/Owner John Greco. Congrats to Camilla for her visually stunning work! FYI: She'll be coming to Art 370 this term to do a demo on silkscreen monotype.