Besides my personal work there is another side that’s important to me – the commercial printing and related services I offer for other artists. Whether the work is for myself or for others I feel so fortunate that I get to do things I really love. So this newsletter highlights a couple of projects that I’ve been involved with, details of another upcoming workshop and some magazine coverage for Otherworld.
Much of the work over the past few months that I’ve been involved with has been making custom portfolio cases and so, with their permission, I thought I’d highlight a couple of those projects.
PLAINS is a project that I’m still working on and involves an edition of five portfolios. Each 12 x 15 x 4.5” clamshell case holds 58 gelatin-silver prints, beautifully hand-printed by the photographer, Peter Latner, and a title, statement and colophon pages. The prints are dry-mounted onto debossed museum board and the cases covered in Italian book cloth.
This case I made with photographer Lisa Nebenzal to hold both a suite of prints and eight of her constructed photographs. The case measures 13.5 x 19.5 x 4” with a set of removable dividers and a panel to separate the prints and is finished in Cadet Blue Japanese book cloth with matte gold foil stamping.
UPCOMING POLYMERGRAVURE WORKSHOP
I’ll be teaching another polymergravure workshop at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis soon, so if creating hand-printed editions is something that’s always interested you, then keep an eye on their website for registration details towards the end of January.
Otherworld, my current work in progress, uses photographs taken in the upper Midwest to render possible models of the Earth-like planets currently being sought by NASA’s Kepler mission, and it also references the mythologies of many cultures that establish a land that is home to spiritual beings or the dead. These mythical other worlds of hope or doom often share characteristics with our familiar earthly landscapes, and I am using photographs of real places to suggest realms that may or may not exist. These images use barren terrains to suggest the earthlike landscapes photographed by rovers and other missions in space. As an immigrant, the landscapes of the upper Midwest continue to surprise me. This adds a personal layer to my depictions of territories that appear familiar yet remain unknowable.
Otherworld is informed by an earlier project, DARK MATTER, which I made in conjunction with the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Where DARK MATTER focused on a specific site, Otherworld will be more of a fanciful musing on our curiosity. We send missions deep into space to search for evidence of other possible worlds, and we create mythological homes for our gods and our dead. How can I depict the geography of our desire? I use this world to create models of others, exploiting the dark tones to create barriers for understanding, always holding something back.
More information and images can be found here.
New Polymergravure Edition
This edition is of an image I made near the Saguaro National Park, AZ, just before an amazing monsoon storm rolled in and the roads flooded.
The temperature that day had been around 100ºF and humid and the Park Rangers weren’t allowing anyone in who didn’t have water with them. The couple before me had to turn around because they were refused entry. I’m used to the heat and humidity, living in Minnesota, but this was wild, especially since I was halfway up a long trail when I started to see the lightning in the distance. I managed to get back down and to the car just as the wind picked up.
This edition is hand printed on Hahnemühle Copperplate Etching using Charbonnel inks. All prints are numbered, titled, dated and signed on the reverse, and signed and numbered on the front.
I’m offering this edition at an introductory price of $195, but that will increase to $225 on June 10th.
Payment is handled securely by Shopify and allows you the choice of paying either with a credit card or a PayPal account. All prints will be packed securely and shipped within 1-2 days via USPS Priority Mail.
Prints are unmatted and unframed.
Title: Dust Storm, near Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Medium: Hand-pulled polymergravure print
Dimensions: 4.5″ x 10″ image
Paper: 11″ x 14″ Hahnemühle paper
Edition: 10 (plus proofs)
Introductory Price: $195 (plus sales tax for MN residents) until June 10th
Shipping: $9 within the US
Just a reminder that Obscura Gallery is still offering two of my images at an introductory price, but only until they move into the newly renovated building later this summer. As well as a price discount, shipping is complimentary and includes a copy of my limited edition artist book The Dying of the Light — Twelve Instagram Photographs.
This book sold out fast when I released it recently, but I reserved several copies for the gallery. Click here to go to Obscura Gallery’s website for more information and to purchase prints.
Temple of Apollo, Ancient Corinth, Greece, is one of two images that Obscura Gallery is offering of mine, at a discount, as part of their Featured Artist series. As well as a price discount, shipping is complimentary and includes a copy of my limited edition artist book The Dying of the Light — Twelve Instagram Photographs. The book was published in an edition of 50 copies and sold out very quickly, but I reserved a few copies specifically for the gallery, so copies of this are very limited.
In honor of our Obscura Gallery launch, we invite you to enjoy special website Featured Prints throughout the coming months until we are moved into our newly renovated space! These specials are only offered until we are moved in, and then they will no longer be available so enjoy them now and stay tuned for more features!
Our sixth special edition of Featured Prints showcases two prints by Obscura Gallery artist Keith Taylor. Both print options below include a special price, a limited edition book by Keith, and complementary shipping.
▪ 10% discount on either print purchase, and complementary shipping.
▪ Purchase includes limited edition book by Keith Taylor.
▪ Enter code TAYLOR at checkout.
Temple of Apollo, Ancient Corinth, Greece
Image size 7″ x 7″
Edition of 10
To purchase or for more information, click here to go to Obscura Gallery’s website.
Windows, New York City
Image size 7″ x 7″
Edition of 10
To purchase or for more information, click here to go to Obscura Gallery’s website.
The Dying of the Light — Twelve Instagram Photographs.
Limited edition of 50.
Signed and numbered.
8.25″ x 7″. 36 pages with hand sewn signatures.
12 full colour images plus colophon.
Dark blue cover stock with hot foil stamping.
Designed, printed, handbound and published by Keith Taylor.
First published in 2016.
I’m really happy to be able to say that I’m one of the twelve artists represented by Jennifer Schlesinger’s new gallery, Obscura Gallery, in Santa Fe. Jennifer was previously the director at Verve Gallery until their closing this year.
Obscura Gallery, named after the original Camera Obscura, is founded on our passion for photography which is deeply rooted in the history of the medium. Obscura Gallery encourages the ways in which contemporary artists are using photography to create unique additions to the history of photography which began nearly 200 years ago.
The artists at Obscura Gallery are each representing photography in a new, unique way, sometimes taking from or adding to many of the 19th and 20th century photographic processes that the medium was founded on. Each artist represented at Obscura Gallery offer a hand-crafted, thoughtful approach to their work.
1405 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Besides the platinum prints shown here, the gallery also holds a selection of gelatin silver prints from the Otherworld series. Contact Jennifer Schlesinger at Obscura Gallery for more information and to purchase prints.
Image Size: 7″ x 7″
Paper Size: 12″ x 9.5″
Paper: Van Gelder Simili Japon
Edition Size: 15 plus 3 Artist Proofs
MCAD POLYMERGRAVURE CLASS
If you’ve ever wanted to learn the polymergravure process then you’ll want to join the MCAD mailing list because this February I’ll be teaching a six week evening class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as part of its Continuing Education programme.
The polymergravure process is an alternative and contemporary method to the traditional process of copperplate photogravure and uses polymer plates that are processed in water and are environmentally friendlier and quicker to work with.
This introductory workshop will guide participants through each stage of the process from preparing the original image file to the final print. Techniques covered will include how to make the film positives using Adobe Photoshop and an inkjet printer, how to expose and process the plates, contrast control and methods of inking, wiping and pulling prints. Space will be limited to 10 participants. Further details and registration will be announced by MCAD in mid-December.
I currently have five prints included in the latest show at Peterssen/Keller Architects in Minneapolis, alongside talented artists Peter Happel Christian, Brett Kallusky, Shana Kaplow, Eric Mueller and Laura Stack.
Inkjet print, 14″ x 14″ image size (framed to 20″ x 24″), open edition, $500.
THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO, ANCIENT CORINTH, GREECE
Platinum-palladium print, 8″ x 8″ image size (framed to 11″ x 14″), edition of 30, $800.
CUSTOM HAND-MADE PORTFOLIO CASES
I am now offering custom hand-made clamshell portfolio cases, slip cases and screw post portfolios for photographers and artists. Everything is made by hand, by me, in Minneapolis using the finest archival quality materials and book cloth. Options include debossing or hot foil stamping of names, titles or logos.
If you’re in New York City for AIPAD in April, stop by the Verve Gallery booth as they’ll be showing a selection of prints from my new, and ongoing, series Otherworld. With the NASA Kepler Mission in mind, these small (7″ x 7″) gelatin silver prints imagine what other Earth-like planets might look like.
“The Kepler Mission, NASA Discovery mission #10, is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.” — NASA
THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
I am pleased to have had a print accepted into the 2016 Landscape show at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO by juror Natasha Egan, the Executive Director at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Both these organisations do a fantastic job at promoting photographers and photography.
CALL FOR ENTRIES — INPrint
For many of us it’s all about the print, or a tangible version of the image, being the final destination rather than just being seen online. Irving Penn was purported to have once said, “The print’s the thing,” and the INPrint call for entries by Rfotofolio recognises this. The deadline is March 22nd and the juror is Catherine Couturier. Full details are here with the entry fee going towards a worthwhile cause.
The INPrint call for entry puts the focus on the final product of the artist vision, the photographic print or object, not the jpeg on the screen. Rfotofolio wants to encourage and promote the art of making the photographic print.
This call for entries will be judged not only on the image, but by the craft, skill, and quality of presentation.
All media are welcome, including but not limited to traditional film, digital, collage, three-dimensional, encaustic, small books, and alternative processes. When you participate in our call for entry you are helping in growing the Rfotofolio Grant.
I really enjoyed doing the last special print offer but it’s been a while, so it’s high time for another.
Prints will be shipped via USPS, insured etc. and well packaged. I want you to be as happy with the print as I am, so if for any reason you aren’t satisfied, return the print for a full refund (less shipping).
Title: Leaving Albuquerque.
Image Size: 6″ x 6″.
Paper Size: 10″ x 8″.
Paper: Ilford Gloss Baryta.
Stamped and signed on reverse.
Price: $85 plus $8 shipping. (Plus sales tax for MN residents.)
“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” — Saul Bass