Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pinball Machine Creates Lithographs


from: "Wired", by Liat Clark

Bored of the standard printing process, artist Sam van Doorn has created STYN, a playfully chaotic design tool made from lithographic ink and a pinball machine.
The idea struck van Doorn while he was printing off a poster. “I realized the printer did exactly what I told it to,” van Doorn told Wired. “What would roll out of the printer would be predictable; every program and machine has its own aesthetic, which is easily forgotten when working as a graphic designer. Everything was too predictable, I wanted to be surprised.”
Wired U.K.
Van Doorn wanted to create a design tool that combined the control of printing with an element of chaos. The answer dropped into his living room when a roommate persuaded him to adopt an old pinball machine their friend was throwing out. “My roommate convinced me to pick up the machine and use it as a decoration in our home. So I did. We fixed it up, and while playing on it I realized that it had all the elements I was looking for; control, chaos and a load of fun.”
The prints are made on a poster that is placed under the pinball machine’s flippers. It has a grid printed on it outlining the field in which a 26mm ball, covered in ink used for lithography printing, will move. By playing the machine, the balls leave behind a trace of their path, creating an unpredictable pattern.
It took van Doorn hours of research to create the right ink mix to make sure the ball retained the ink for as long as possible, without making it too sticky to move.
“The challenge was to get the right paper and ink for the project, as well as the right rubbers to let the ball have a good bounce. The ball has to be able to move smoothly across the surface of the machine, to create a good game environment — the project wouldn’t be interesting if the machine wasn’t fun to play.
“If the ink was too thick, the ball would stick to the paper. But if the ink was to smooth, it would simply slide off the ball. The paper had to be smooth for the ball to create good patterns, but not too smooth so it would lose grip.”
After much trial and error, van Doorn was able to find a balance that allowed a single ball to be played with for hours and still leave a pattern. The resulting experience of play and print is an engrossing one.
“I underestimated the attraction of a pinball machine. Once people started playing they were dancing behind the machine to keep the ball in control, completely focusing on the game. Everybody wanted to play, not just for a print but for the fun of the game.”
Such is STYN’s design, that prints betray those players who struggle to keep the ball in play. Van Doorn was surprised to find the players to emerge with the best prints during the interactive exhibition were the 40 to 60-year-old men. “Man they could play that machine like I never could. After years of experience in pinball, damn they made that ball fly.”

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

John Buck Studio Visit

On Friday, October 19th, 2012 we will be visiting John Bucks Studio.

Click here to see images of his prints.
Shark's ink (more images of John Buck's Prints)











John Buck : Born in 1946 , Iowa : Lives in Bozeman, Montana
John Buck is both a sculptor and a printmaker. He works with two interrelated bodies of work: carved wood, assemblage and bronze sculptures, and large, multicolored woodblock prints. Since beginning his collaboration with Bud Shark in 1983, Buck has explored the expressive possibilities of woodblock in more than 40 different prints.
Using a pen, a nail or his fingernail, Buck incises the wood planks that form the base and background of his prints with images and symbols drawn from the daily news, from his own sculpture and from nature. Embedded in this active visual field is a large, carved image, often a figure, but he has also depicted a jar full of fireflies, an eagle, or a subtly colored moth. The relationship between these two elements first engages the viewer in an appreciation of the beauty of the graphic quality in the print and then begins a conversation about our world and our place in it.
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John Buck lives in Montana and Hawaii and has shown his woodcuts and sculptures widely. He created a major bronze sculpture commission for Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. His work is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Seattle Art Museum, The Library of Congress and many others.

Visiting Artist Steven Holloway

Steven will be talking about his printwork and how it relates to cartography.

Steven is an experienced printmaker, educator and geographer. 
He has been worked at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley CA , as an artist-in-residence, instructor of lithography and in the artist-in-the-schools program. Previously Steven taught cartography for many years at The University of Montana.




Steven's Website: http://www.tomake.com/responses.html




Thursday, September 27, 2012

MATRIX PRESS: Master Prints Exhibition opens October 2nd, 2012 at the Gallery of Visual Arts


(above images:  Richard Mock's, "Deleted" & James Todd's, "Greed" from his 7 Deadly Sins Suite)

This exhibition includes approximately 40 prints created through MATRIX Press, by nationally recognized artists over the course of the past twelve years. The prints from the MATRIX Press collection represent a broad range of artistic and technical approaches to the print.

This touring exhibition will finish up at:  
October 2nd-November 1st, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 4th, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Artists represented in this exhibition include those who have continued the activist tradition of printmaking such as Richard Mock, best known for his cutting political prints that appeared in the New York Times Op-Ed section from 1980-1996 and Miriam Schapiro who was one of the pioneering artists in the Feminist Art movement to Tom Huck, known for his intricately cut woodcuts inspired by the likes of Albrecht Durer. In addition, Colorful abstractions by Arizona artist and past UM alumni John Armstrong show a softer approach to the medium with his whimsical forms, which often reference the landscape. Chicago based artist Tony Fitzpatrick utilizes 50’s style tattoo art in his color etchings, while Canadian Artist Peter Von Tiesenhausen’s boat forms float mysteriously on metallic fields.
-James Bailey

Exhibition Schedule:
(January 10 - February 28, 2011)

(June 9 - August 13, 2011)

Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT
(September 1 - October 15, 2011)

(November 1 - November 30, 2011)
Professor James Bailey will be giving a gallery talk on Matrix Press and the artists included in the exhibition on Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30 pm in the gallery.

(October 2 - November 1, 2012)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Visiting Artist Sukha Worob; Oct. 26th, 2012

Bozeman artist Sukha Worob will be demonstrating his rubber relief casting process on Wednesday September 26th from 2:00-4:00 in the Print Studio.



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Visiting Artist Tyler Krasowski

September 17-20th
Past BFA student Tyler Krasowski will be pulling some prints and talking about his work, his travels and fame from 2:00-4:00 M/W in the print studio.
You can see more of Tylers work at: http://tylerjosephkrasowski.com/album

Tyler is currently living in Chicago and working as a print assistant to artist Tony Fitzpatrick.






Former BFA student Tyler Krasowski is hitting it hard on the road, printing for Drive By Press.
Clip of interview during ACL Festival, Austin, TX

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And by the way, that's one of his Day of the Dead Steamroller Prints hanging up behind him.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

YOU ARE HERE: New Prints by James Bailey

the brink gallery
111 w front street
missoula, mt 59802
Opening Reception: September 7 from 5-8
406-728-5251
gallery hours:
thursday/friday/saturday 12-5pm









You can also check out additional works by James Bailey at the following venues this month.
"Babel", Solo Exhibition at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN;  Up through October 7, 2012
"UM Faculty Exhibition", The Gallery of Visual Arts, The University of Montana; Sept. 4-21, 2012
"Across the Dividie IV: The New Boondocks", COCA, Georgetown Gallery, Seattle, WA up till Sept. 20
"East/West" Contemporary American Prints at The University of Wyoming, up through Sept 15.
"Invasive Paper", Bozeman, MT Sept. 4-30.




"Babel", Solo exhibition at Concordia University


"Bad Bunny", by James Bailey, Linocut /collagraph; 16"x 20"

Solo Exhibition of Woodcuts & Artist Books by James Bailey at Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN
Up through October 7th, 2012
Closing reception: October 7th 5-8, 2012
James will be a visiting artist the week of Oct 4-7 at Concordia University.

Monday, August 13, 2012

MATRIX PRESS: Master Prints Exhibition at GVA in October, 2012



(above images:  Richard Mock's, "Deleted" & James Todd's, "Greed" from his 7 Deadly Sins Suite)

This exhibition includes approximately 40 prints created through MATRIX Press, by nationally recognized artists over the course of the past twelve years. The prints from the MATRIX Press collection represent a broad range of artistic and technical approaches to the print.

This touring exhibition will finish up at:  
October 2nd-November 1st, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 4th, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Artists represented in this exhibition include those who have continued the activist tradition of printmaking such as Richard Mock, best known for his cutting political prints that appeared in the New York Times Op-Ed section from 1980-1996 and Miriam Schapiro who was one of the pioneering artists in the Feminist Art movement to Tom Huck, known for his intricately cut woodcuts inspired by the likes of Albrecht Durer. In addition, Colorful abstractions by Arizona artist and past UM alumni John Armstrong show a softer approach to the medium with his whimsical forms, which often reference the landscape. Chicago based artist Tony Fitzpatrick utilizes 50’s style tattoo art in his color etchings, while Canadian Artist Peter Von Tiesenhausen’s boat forms float mysteriously on metallic fields.
-James Bailey

Exhibition Schedule:
(January 10 - February 28, 2011)

(June 9 - August 13, 2011)

Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT
(September 1 - October 15, 2011)

(November 1 - November 30, 2011)
Professor James Bailey will be giving a gallery talk on Matrix Press and the artists included in the exhibition on Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30 pm in the gallery.

(October 2 - November 1, 2012)