Wednesday, May 20, 2015

karl marxhausen - print share

Photographer Karl Marxhausen held up a favorite woodcut at the Creative Cafe and shared the difficulty of the cutting and inking process. Double click on images to enlarge details.

 

"It began with my love for "a wisp." The way the thin graphite strokes described faint sunlight coming through the cloud."


"The thinnest lines in a woodcut are the darkest black. The whole design becomes something more than a gray scale drawing. After all the days it takes to cut a design onto the block, the inking and the proofing, it takes me just as long to embrace what I see with my eyes. A woodcut cannot hold soft lines like the light touch of graphite can."


"The tiptop of the trees are so skinny on the block, they hold a little amount of printer's ink. The hand-burnishing from the back side of the paper needs to be both gentle and deliberate. If that area is missed, then the details I want will be absent."



Six minute video showed inking a woodcut block with a brayer. Aligning the proof sheet with the inked block. Methodical burnishing by hand. Pulling a proof. And removing the water-based ink with a paper towel. (courtesy of the artist)


"There is a lot of guessing and planning that one works at. In my "Limb Over Snow Houses" I filled the sky with dashes, inspired by the work of C.A. Seward. It wasn't in the original drawing. It worked out amazingly well. I especially enjoy the graphic boldness and poetry of the tree trunk."

Hi, Karl, I wanted to send you a note thanking you for sharing your 2 prints today at the "show & tell." I was glad you passed them around so we could get a closer look at them. They were really quite wonderful! Keep up the good the work!
Ruthie Osa

Karl Marxhausen is a member of the Nelson Atkins Print Society. He takes photos for the Spotlight KC Print blog when he can. Members are encouraged to send their photos to karl@marxhausen.net along with their observations and comments related to all our events. See more of the plein air drawings from which his woodcuts were based at
http://karl-marxhausen.blogspot.com/2015/01/fresh-powder.html
Drop him an email to get his monthly newsletter. He keeps an art blog, the Moss Creek Journal http://karl-marxhausen.blogspot.com  Cheers.









Tuesday, May 19, 2015

print share - richard hamilton

At the Creative Cafe members shared stories about the print they brought with them from home. Double click on images to see details enlarged.

Six minutes.
"This one is interesting, from the standpoint of this presents I think one of the first use of plate toning," said Richard Hamilton during the Print Salon Share at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. "Which is where the artist wipes the plate.  Here he wiped the top but he did not wipe this bottom area to keep that dark and anchored. Of course this guy is with his mule, probably mule-horse, and I believe he is plowing somewhere on the outskirts of Paris."

 Drypoint by Jean Francoise Raffaelli.
It measured 4 5/8 by 6 inches.

One minute.
He made a total of 184 prints. Jean Francoise Raffaelli did not consider himself an impressionist. He considered himself to be a naturalist. And later a follower of Zola, who was an avant garde writer.


Richard Hamilton is a member of the Nelson Atkins Print Society.





print share - paula winchester



When 40 Nelson Atkins print society members got together to share a print that meant something to each of us,







STORIES opened up, and it got exciting in the Creative Cafe of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. 


Member Paula Winchester spoke about visiting her son in Portland and shared her wood engraving by Paul Gentry. Double click on images to enlarge.

Three minutes. 
Paula shared:
"This is a little bit that I know about this person. Paul Gentry. He lives in Portland, Oregon. My son also lives there and works at Nike World headquarters. So I tried to find him, but I was only traveling by mass transit and he was beyond where I could travel."


"But (Gentry) he calls himself a wood engraver. And he started in 2001, so he hasn't been doing this for very long. And wood engraving, this is for me to know as long as you don't know as well, is different from woodcuts, in that they are made on blocks of "end grain hardwood" rather than the face of a board. He also makes his own boards. So this harder surface allows one to cut a very fine design with engraving tools."


"He lives in the Willamette Valley, and he has become over time, basically he is a pictorial realistic division. And he loves the land, and that which he lives in. So his artwork is going to be things that appeal to me. And I like landscapes and things having to do with nature."


"To produce a print usually takes several weeks of work. He usually does not do much more than thirty-five prints. He fabricates these blocks themselves from pieces of eastern maple which are glued together and then carefully milled and sanded. And then the interesting thing is that when he does these prints he uses a "bamboo rice spoon" which he gets from the kitchen. The bamboo rice spoon is his burnishing tool to get it pressed into the print."


  

"That's about what I know. I know the American Legacy Gallery still has these things. And there was this rather nice one that I thought was really cool that had trees, cows, and horses. And (Gentry) he also did one that the American Legacy Gallery picked to be a part of the Print Crawl last year. One that he had that I thought was really cool, and that was not nature-oriented, but... if you have ever been to Portland, it has ridge after ridge after ridge after ridge, and it was like looking through ridges underneath the bridges and there was a person walking." 
         
John Mallery: That one was actually called "Shadows and Steel" and it is actually in the Nelson collection.
Marilyn Carbonell: The Nelson has three of them. Three Paul Gentries.
Steve Pruitt: And why, why do they have three Paul Gentries, Marilyn?
Marilyn Carbonell: Someone donated.

"Reflections At Ankeny" by Paul Gentry, wood engraving


Paula Winchester is a member of the Nelson Atkins Print Society. Her website is http://www.paulawinchester.com/. More on Winchester's experimenting with monoprints, click http://spotlightkcprint.blogspot.com/2013/03/paula-winchester-kc-printmaker.html


Sunday, April 19, 2015

print share - john mallery

John Mallery is the President of the Nelson Atkins Print Society. He shares an etching impression which his parents, maybe even his great- grandparents, owned. 

 
The great thing about the print share salon at the Creative Cafe is the personality of each member as each shared their favorite print. Humor and respect go hand in hand with this group. Which is probably why the membership is growing as quickly as it is these days. Double click on images to enlarge.
Video is three minutes.



Albrecht Durer made a cameo appearance in the etched procession An 1870 version of Where's Waldo.
The full procession is next.

 
More on Austrian painter Hans Makart
http://artsunlight.com/artist-NM/N-M0007-Hans-Makart/N-M0007-Hans-Makart-ap2.html  

Another plus for this group is how much one learns from the people who attend the function you also attend. There is much expertise in the room. As in the next video.

Video is four minutes.
Stephen Pruitt tells viewers where the PLATE MARK is underneath the mat. Remarques were little etched images that showed special distinction to a given etched impression.
[Hans Makart courtesy of Art Sunlight, http://artsunlight.com/artist-NM/N-M0007-Hans-Makart/N-M0007-Hans-Makart-ap2.html,
accessed April 20, 2015]

Saturday, April 18, 2015

print share - curtis smith



   Curtis Smith shared his trip to Havana with the Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Orchestra as the court photographer. While the group stayed at Cathedral Square in Havana, the students and Curtis stopped by the Taller de Experimental del Graphica, a print shop and gallery that was started in 1962 by mural artist Orlando Suarez with the support of Che Guevara.  Double click on images to enlarge.   Video is six minutes, NEXT.


More on El Taller Experimental de Graphica HERE.
Smith ALSO shared the backstory of a scratch board print he got signed by two famous mountain climbers Dee Molenaar and Tom Hornbein. Print was 7th of 39 impressions.


More on Dee Molenaar and K2 and more about training to climb 
(scroll down on that page to the bottom)
Video of mountain climb by Eric Cutts https://youtu.be/Uc7FtxzR09c

Video is two minutes.
"When I bought this in 1980 I was working at a gallery out of Denver called Alternative Art. I sold prints for this Denver print making company in Kansas City for a while. ---- This is the only print I bought from them that I liked, that I sold for them. I guess it meant to me at the time, that Life is sort of like, you try to hit the target, your goal is to hit the target with an arrow, but for me, throwing a rock at it is about as good as you get, and you see this missing the target. So, symbolically, that is where my mind was at in 1980. A trial and error process of growing up." Curtis Smith

[Taller Experimental de Graphica de La Habana link courtesy,  https://ucglobalcuba.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/el-taller-experimental-de-grafica/.  Dee Molenaar, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee_Molenaar, and K2, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K2, video link to climbing, Alpine Ascents, http://www.alpineascents.com/rainier-climb-train.asp, accessed April 10, 2015]




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

print salon share - cynthia gibson

Cynthia Gibson brought two of her favorite fine art prints from home.
To FIND OUT more about the artist and what they were.

In the audience was Marilyn Carbonell, who introduced herself as the head librarian at the Spencer Art Reference Library.

"The Library can help you as well if you bring in digital images, not the original."

Video is four minutes.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

lifetime award - bob hudson



2015 recognition to Robert Hudson.Twelve minutes.

     Those who attended this year's annual Love of Art luncheon two weeks ago got to participate in the presentation of the above mentioned award. This is the first time in the history of the Society that this award has been made.

    There are three aspects of this award which acknowledges Bob Hudson's untiring and continued giving to the Print Society.

    First, he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Julian Zugazagoitia (Museum Director), Beth Lurey (Print Curator), and Paul Sokolof (Society President).
 
    Second, folks present at the luncheon were invited to stand and personally express their appreciation to Bob. 
 
    Third, the Society has set a sum of money aside in order for Mr. Hudson to work with Ms. Lurey to select the print of his choice to purchase for the collection. The Society will make the purchase in honor of Hudson. We invite all who know Bob and have witnessed his efforts to shepherd the health and wellness of the Society to make a contribution to this fund. If it is within your means to do such, send a check made out to the Nelson Gallery Foundation with Bob Hudson Fund on the memo line. Mail it to Lisbeth Lurey at the Nelson-Atkins (4525 Oak St, KCMO 64111). Contributions to this fund will be accepted through June.