Lovers of ink on paper came to the Creative Cafe Saturday for the ever popular print share salon. Members of the Kansas City Print Society talked about their favorite inked impression.
Below, Bruce Appel of Kansas City talked about the surrealist print maker Matta. Double click on image to enlarge.
Two minutes. Matta was trying to express internal experience in a graphic way. Trying to capture his unconscious.
A small work by William Wiley had cryptic symbols. After viewing the impression, her husband figured out the number 9 and the two points on top of the sad face as being the twin towers of September 11th. Tonya Witmer thinks the piece is about the tragedy of 9/11, when the twin towers were bombed and its aftermath. Witmer shared a book with paintings and inked impressions done by William Wiley.
Originally trained as a furniture carver Emil Nolde became a famous Expressionist artist. In 1910 Nolde created "Hamburg Harbor," an etching that was part of a series. Nolde did woodcuts, etchings, and lithographs. Member Steve Pruitt shared with an audience of eighteen.
Two minutes on Emil Nolde, Expressionist printmaker.
Artist Margo Kren from Manhattan, Kansas shared two images she called autobiographical with the whole group.
School Nurse, below.
One was done with prisma-color pencils on black paper. Double click to enlarge. The second one was done on stone with Mike Sims to create a lithograph. Wren said she traced her first drawing with tissue paper and reworked the image into black and white tones.
She learned that when you look at an image from left to right the atmosphere changes. Details above and below.
She did series of sixteen lithographs in two years. See more of her lithographs HERE.
Ms. Kren is a professor emerita at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Paul Sokoloff of Kansas City, Missouri spoke about an intricate woodcut by Robert Gibbings. In 1936 Gibbons was commissioned by the Woodcut Society of Kansas City to produce an edition of 200 inked impressions, which went to members of that were subscribers of that enterprise. Details above and below.