I used to be one of those art students that smoked a pack of cigerettes a day outside the art buildings. A few weeks ago, I took my drawing class outside to work one morning and drew with them. As I looked around for something to sketch I found some butts and pebbles next to my feet. This drawing is more abstract than anything, but I reminded me of when I was an art student.
Jed Perl wrote an article about Callot, this is just a section of it that I really responded to as a printmaker. He articulates some of my frustrations with fine art and printmaking.
At the age of mechanical reproduction, questions have been raised about the deep origins of what some see as an ongoing crisis in the nature of originality in the arts. Printmaking places the artist in a different kind of relationship with the audience. In the 17th century Callot’s (and other artists) prints were rapidly distributed all over Europe. In the 17th century, printmaking was infusing new forms of intimacy and immediacy into the visual arts. The less expensive and more readily available nature of prints, as opposed to paintings and tapestries offered a way to expand the reach of an artistic vision…those who devote all their energies to printmaking will probably always be regarded as second class citizens in visual arts. Great printmakers in Europe tradition were also often primarily painters, Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, and Picasso. It is a fine irony that, in our day, when there is so much interest in the artist as an outsider or outlier, the deeply cultivated work of an artist (Callot) who embraced with all his gifts what is commonly regarded as a secondary art should not be the subject of intense interest. Printmaking seems condemned to linger on the fringes of art history…
This past semester I was studying the relationships between Pop art and Street art for my art history degree I'm currently working on. As I have mentioned before, I try to make a work of art that relates to my current research topic. So, here's my collaboration with the famous artist, Rezo.
This in the hallway of the Joslyn Lofts in downtown Omaha. I glued my woodcut prints together to form a bird body shape and also cut the stencils for the talons and the head. Rezo worked on the branch and wings. With his magic and can control he beautifully connected our two mediums to make this a great wall piece.
I made this ring with the help of my friend a while back. Heather gave me a piece of wax to carve and I went to town. It was pretty tricky to work with. I wanted the ring to rest across my ring finger and pinky knuckles.
Cast bronze and buffed. So fun to make I might make another some day! Thanks for your help, Heather!!