Monday, May 25, 2009

Jim Dine's BIG Lithograph

My dear blog followers - I include a photograph of one of Jim Dine's amazing lithographs printed by a CSULB printmaking graduate, Bill Lagattuta. Titled "Big Dana with Poem," it measures 44 3/8 x 30 1/8", is in an edition of 20, & costs (are you ready?) $5,000 per print.
Please keep in touch over the summer via this blog, especially with any museum visits & gallery goings. For those of you graduating, be warned, I'm bringing the camera in the sleeve of my academic regalia. I'll see you in all your finery on Friday!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Extra Credit for Art 376 Relief Printing ( Victoria Goro-Rapaport ) by Eun-young Choi

Adam's Vision, Etching with photo, 24"x18"
Noah's Ark, Etching, 47"x28"
I visited the Old Town gallery on March 22nd. The OT gallery is a quite small; however, it is filled with some amazing prints. Among many great works, two of them stood out among the rest. One of them is titled "Noah's Ark" and the other one is called "Adam's Vision". Both works seem to depict the scenes based on the bible story. The work, "Noah's Ark" is an etching and the artist presented the scene in detail. The detail of the print almost looks like it was of either a drawing or painting. The thing that I really like in this work is that the artist incorporated the print with a typography background. The "Adam's Vision" is an etching with a photo that go well together. It does not look like a mix of two different materials, but rather as a one media. I I especially like the woman figure on the bottom right because her her sad looking face had a strong presence.
After visiting the gallery, I was amazed at the beauty and elaboration of the collection of prints. I also realized how the artist has done the prints amazingly compared to my printing skill.

Something to do for a good cause after finals!! "Raising Awareness of Hepatitis C" benefit

Michelle Mangione will be playing at the First Annual Hep C Aware/Long Beach Event

Raising Awareness of Hepatitis C
Saturday May 30th

Liquid Lounge
3522 E. Anaheim Street
Long Beach CA 90804
(562) 494-7564
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Michelle will be playing at 3:15 pm)

Live Music Performances and Free Hepatitis C Testing will present their first annual Hepatitis C Awareness free community event at the Liquid Lounge in Long Beach, Saturday May 30th. There will be a full day of live music from local musicians affected by Hepatitis C and Hep C advocates. Performing at the benefit will be the "Father of the Long Beach blues scene", Bernie Pearl; local favorites Holly Light, Patsy Grind, Michelle Mangione and Master B, including Kelly's Lot, fronted by founder Kelly Z. Kelly's Lot is the National Spokesband for the Hep C Awarness campaign.

In addition to the free concert there will also be free screening and antibody testing available from 1 -6 pm. This event remembers those who have lost the battle with Hepatitis C and those who are struggling to survive. Increased awareness will lead to more intense research on curing the disease and also help those infected learn how to best live with Hep C. They will be raffling off a lot of great prizes with the money going directly to the Hepatitis foundation including a signed guitar by Grace Slick and donated by Michelle.

There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. It is a virus that attacks the liver and is spread by blood-to-blood contact. Although 1 in 50 Americans have the disease, 2 out of 3 do not know it. Persons who are most at risk are those who have received blood, blood products or an organ transplant prior to 1992, if you have been involved with drug abuse (either injecting or snorting), have been patients of dialysis, tattooed or pierced, shared personal care items, been incarcerated or have been a war veteran (especially Vietnam).

Please come out and support us at this most important event. For more info:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

"The Little Mamma"

To those of you to whom this applies - Happy Mother's Day! 

This Currier & Ives lithograph originally sold at 6 cent apiece wholesale, & was available uncolored. They were often used in grade schools where the young pupils colored them, hopefully staying within the lines. 

The Currier & Ives firm also employed a staff of 12 young German women as colorists. All sat @ a long table, & each would only apply 1 watercolor. When she had finished it would be passed on to the next worker bee until it was fully colored. It would then go on to a senior woman, known as the "Finisher" who would unify the whole & touch up where necessary.


Cheap, fast & easy - commercial printers for post cards, business cards & show announcements

The 3 commercial printers I usually use to print my announcements are all located right here in SoCal. They are: "Overnight Prints" (not really, but they can be pretty fast); "Americas Printer" (located in Buena Park); & "Modern Postcard".  Usually, the larger the volume needed, the more inexpensive the job. Once you've done business with them, "Overnight Prints" sends you emails regarding special offers that are especially low-priced.
I'll put the web-site links over to the right on the blog. With all 3 companies, you design the card & upload it for printing. As Tyler would say: "Easy-Peasy."

Roxanne & Tyler's Exhibition in Visalia

Should any of you find the need to be up north in the next few weeks, Kimiko, Tyler & I are showing our prints in CA Prints 2: An Invitational Exhibition. The gallery (Arts Visalia) address is: 214 East Oak Avenue, Visalia, 559/739-0905, & the gallery hours are: Weds. - Sat. noon - 5:30 PM. The show will be open until 5/29.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Art 370 - Litho demonstration

PROCESSING THE STONE: Tamara and Honey assist Tyler applying the various etching solutions (drops of nitric acid to gum arabic)

Roxanne ensures everyone safely knows how to use the press.....

The print

Roxanne sadly says goodbye to Princess Lea, the dog and Christopher Walken as Tyler cleans the image off the stone with mineral spirits and water.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Art 376 - Relief Print Exchange

Hi everyone,

For the wood engraving print exchange I have figured out the configuration for both the vertical and horizontal formats.

You can get 6 prints from one sheet of BFK (22 x30) see sample.

Have fun, and let's make some great art!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

4 Color Screenprint

Phase 1 of Honey's "aggressive" screenprint

Friday, May 1, 2009

ART 370 - Extra Credit Show ! ! ! !

"The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy 1850 - 1900"
Where:  UCLA Hammer Museum - 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood

The Darker Side of Light reveals private pains from the bright Impressionist period. A new exhibition of late 19th Century etchings (plus a few lithographs - for Tyler, small sculptures and other works)

Good for three points if you can bring back a piece from the show (not really - just post something interesting for us to read on the blog.)