Studio News

Spring is finally here in Minnesota, thankfully. I love the seasons but I’m as glad to see the back of all that snow and ice as everyone else.

 

Something else I’m thankful for is the variety of work I get to be involved with working with other artists. I’ve just finished printing two exhibitions as inkjet prints, both of which I’m really happy with, and now I’m currently working on projects that include albumen prints, salt prints, a platinum-palladium portfolio and an edition in polymergravure.

 

I love working one-on-one with photographers and I’m as happy making one print as I am a portfolio, an edition or a clamshell portfolio box to put it all in.

The Handmade Photograph

Recently Bostick and Sullivan, all round good people and who have supported practitioners working in the field of alternative and historical processes for decades now, had their first call for entries — The Handmade Photograph: Contemporary Photographers Working in Historic Processes.

 

Christopher James was the juror and I’m really pleased that not only did I have two prints accepted but that one was awarded an Honorable Mention!

 

The exhibition will be at the El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, in the Railyard Art District, June 7th – July 27th, 2019. The opening reception will be on June 14th 5 – 7pm.

 

El Museo Cultural
555 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Left
Temple of Apollo, Corinth, Greece
Platinum-palladium, 7″ x 7″
Honorable Mention
 
Right
Dust Storm, near Saguaro National Park, AZ
Polymergravure, 4.25″ x 8.75″

Minnesota State Arts Board Grant

This year I’m one of the very grateful recipients of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

 

The grant will allow me to continue working on Otherworld, to make images around the state and print them in silver-gelatin. We’re so lucky to have such funding opportunities here in Minnesota.

Polymergravure Class

We’re also getting close to the end of an eight-week Continuing Education polymergravure class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This is always a fun class to teach and so rewarding, seeing the prints that are produced during that period.

 

Fortunately/unfortunately it’s usually oversubscribed, so check my website’s workshop page regularly for details of any upcoming classes at either MCAD or Highpoint Center for Printmaking, or sign up for my newsletter.

Aquatint Screens

These fine-micron stochastic screens, the ones I use for my work, my clients and in the workshops I teach, are now available on my website at a special introductory price until the summer. Used with photopolymer plates, they are available in three contrast resolutions, soft, medium and hard.

 

These screens have been shipped to print shops across the U.S. and to Scotland, England and Australia. If you’re a school or college, or run workshops in polymergravure, email me to enquire about the availability of test screens.

 

Available in sizes from 8″ x 10″ to 20″ x 28″ although larger sizes are available – prices on demand.

FilmNorth Exhibition

STATES OF MATTER — New work by Lisa Nebenzahl and Keith Taylor

Photographers Lisa Nebenzahl and Keith Taylor look at elemental components of the natural landscape, turning their cameras to land, water, and sky. These quiet investigations move in and out of abstraction, using light, scale, and perspective to describe the subtle surfaces of our environment.

I’ll be exhibiting some new work at FilmNorth in St. Paul, MN alongside my friend Lisa Nebenzahl. Lisa was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board grant last year and spent several weeks at the studio with me making a series of diptychs in polymergravure.

 

Opening reception: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 5-8pm

Marsden/Gustafson Gallery at FilmNorth

 

The exhibition is free, accessible, and open to the public.

Gallery hours: Monday — Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm.

FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, St. Paul, MN 55114.

Sissinghurst Broadside

I’ve just finished printing my first broadside! The image was made at Sissinghurst Castle and hand printed in polymergravure on Somerset paper. The text is an excerpt from the poem Sissinghurst by the English poet Vita Sackville-West and written about her beloved home, Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, where she lived with her husband Harold Nicholson, a British politician and writer. It was letterpress printed in Garamond and Colonna typefaces.

 

Sackville-West was part of the Bloomsbury Group, a group of writers, poets, painters and artists who lived in or around Bloomsbury Square in London and who spent weekends in the country at Charleston Farmhouse, the country home of Virginia Woolf’s sister Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, both post-impressionist painters.

 

The broadside was printed at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design on a Vandercook 219AB press. Big thanks to both Dana LeMoine and Sarah Evenson of MCAD for helping me get back into letterpress printing again!

 

 

Broadside Details

Printed: Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2018.

Edition: 25 numbered plus proofs.

Description: 9.25 x 13″ single sheet broadside on Somerset paper.

Medium: Polymergravure image with letterpress printed text in Garamond and Colonna.

Price: $100

MCAD Fall Workshop

Each Monday evening, for the past eight weeks, I’ve taught a polymergravure class at MCAD as part of their Continuing Education programme and the results were amazing! Thank you all, it was such a pleasure working with you, and to Claudia, my TA, for all your help. Just a few of the prints are shown below.

 

Anyone who’s interested in future workshops should get on my mailing list. I send out a (very) infrequent email newsletter with information on upcoming workshops, exhibitions and special print offers.

 

Artist Panel Discussion

 

I’ll be taking part in a roundtable discussion on photogravure at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts next month, along with three other practitioners of the process. This is free and open to the public – all are welcome and no reservation is required.

Photogravure is an art form with traditions in both photography and printing. Join us for a panel discussion on this unique process with artists Marvel Grégoire, Keith Taylor, and Carol Inderieden, moderated by Jes Lee Shimek. Discussion will include a short history of the medium, techniques and tools used, and reflections from artists on their experiences with the process.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Avenue S
Minneapolis MN 55415
(612) 215-2520
November 14th, 6pm