Upcoming Exhibitions

There are a couple of shows that I’m included in opening soon. The first is in Verona, Italy, as part of the Grenze Arsenali Fotografici festival. Three prints of mine from Otherworld, printed on vintage silver-gelatin paper, are included in the Obsolete and Discontinued exhibition that’s been travelling around Europe in Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK. More information on the project can be found here and the book is available here.

 


Delphi, Greece

 

The second is of a small polymer photogravure that was requested for inclusion in a show in Bodenburg, Germany, at the Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth (Bad Salzdetfurth Art Association). This is most likely the only time I’ll be showing my work alongside many of the greats, including Louise Bourgeois, Marc Chagall and Jenny Holzer, and so I’m really grateful to Hans-Werner Kalkmann for this opportunity.

 

“After the first four international group exhibitions in the cycle “Artistic Techniques”, in which we showed drawings, paintings, woodcuts and serigraphs, we turn to the technique of etching with this exhibition. Their broad design spectrum ranges from drypoint etching to etching on a photographic basis. We are pleased that we can show an extensive collection of contemporary works of international importance in our overview.”

— Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth website

Direct to Plate Polymergravure

One of the bigger developments of this process over the past few years has been the direct-to-plate method. This involves printing the image directly on a plate using the front manual feed of the printer. The microscopic dots from the printer’s stochastic pattern acting like, and replacing the need for, an aquatint screen. After a brief exposure to UV light (without any screen, film or contact frame) the ink is washed off and the plate processed as normal. After this it’s the same as usual – ink, wipe and pull a print. Not having a screen and film positive eliminates a lot of the obstacles that many fall foul of; dust and insufficient contact being the two main culprits.

 

I offered this optional way of working to a workshop many years ago but it was still a fairly new method then, and although most of the participants got really good results, a few images, especially those that had a lot of detail in the lighter tones, were lacking. So I’ve been working on getting the adjustment curve perfected and I think I’m there. The next MCAD workshop starts this week and I think it’s going to be a whole lot of fun!

 

​The Badlands, SD — Direct to Plate polymer photogravure (apologies for the low quality iPhone photo)

New Print Edition

 

It’s Memorial Day in the United States and the unofficial start to summer, so how better to celebrate than with a special print offer! It’s been raining and quite wet in Minnesota lately so the image is fitting.

 

Rain Storm and Church, Wisconsin has been hand-printed in an edition of just 10 prints on Rives BFK paper in beautiful Charbonnel ink. (Since starting to write this newsletter 2 have already been sold, so we’re down to just 8 now.)

 

Prints will be well packed and shipped USPS Priority Mail, so most buyers will receive their prints within 3 days. Once again, thanks for your support and interest in my work, it’s truly appreciated. Have a great summer!

 

Print Details

Title: Rain Storm and Church, Wisconsin
Printed: May 2019
Medium: Polymergravure
Paper: Rives BFK
Dimensions: 10 x 5.5″ image on 11 x 14” paper
Signature: Signed, numbered and dated
Edition Size: 10 numbered prints plus 2 proofs

The Process

Polymergravure is a contemporary alternative to the traditional copperplate gravure process and one I’ve been working with for 20 years now. More details about the process can be found on here.

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.