My Widespread Panic poster won Poster of the Week on Expressobeans. You can not, will not, keep a good man down. I appreciate the recognition; a deep heart-felt thank you to my supporters!
Archives for December 2010
As someone who has actually been “in the trenches” printing all of my own posters, I have a right to a few words here on the subject.
To this day, 16 years and still going strong, I design and print all of my own posters and prints.
I don’t like it when artists who don’t print their own work act like they do. That’s elitist, untruthful and wrong. I think it’s part of the class system that we have grown to culturally accept having to do with working with your hands. As if manual dexterity is of a lower order of importance in the making of art, than to make something with your mind and to direct the labor to produce it. I feel this relationship of the artist as boss who directs labor to produce art, further emphasizes the elitism of a class stratified society.
In fact, working with your hands while using your mind is the very essence of artistic activity. This activity unifies the physical and cerebral into one activity. When I make my own art – when I actually print it – it is the fullest expression of my command of my mental artistic aims and my physical material conditions. It is pretentious to lead people to believe you produce your own prints, when you pay someone else to produce them.
If it is so glorious to produce the print, as many claim to do, when they do not, then why not get into the print studio and do the actual work. By working with the actual printing you will learn something about color, composition, design, screen printing itself (which is a physical activity), paper, ink, texture, luminosity, and the relationship between color and form. It will make you a better artist. If you do not print your own editions, don’t pretend like you do; It’s untruthful, and therefore can not be art. Truth is Beauty and Beauty is Truth. There I said it.
Full interview at Inside The Rock Poster Frame
Pnina Sissman, book designer for Bar-Ilan University Press, Tel-Aviv, Israel asked for permission to use my Tower of Babel Paradiso print design for the cover of “From Language to Philosophy, Noam Chomsky in a New Light.” Great to see my work going far and wide, and I’m a big fan of Noam Chomsky, so that’s very cool. The art print of this design is available through Station 4 and Varnish Fine Art. Here’s the art print image, details with a link to Station 4 and Varnish.
Tower of Babel Paradiso
22 x 33
Silkscreen on paper
Edition of 20
9 colors on white coated cover
Tower of Babel Paradiso
24 x 36
Silkscreen on steel
Edition of 5
9 colors on steel