Upcoming Events: February and March 2014

With Southern Graphics Council’s annual conference taking place in San Francisco this year, Groveland Gallery’s show in Minneapolis, and a three-day workshop in Santa Barbara, February and March are shaping up to be full of the social side of art life.

If you find yourself near one of these venues in the next two months, please stop by!

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Combination Woodcut and Drypoint Workshop
The Rusty Barn, Santa Barbara, CA
February 21-23

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Artist Talk at Carleton College
Northfield, MN
March 7th at 4pm, Boliou 161

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Opening reception for Girls, a two-person show with Duncan Hannah
Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
March 8th at 2pm

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Intaglio printmaking demo at Kala for the Oakland Museum
Kala Studio, Berkeley, CA
March 11th at 12pm

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Opening reception for Altered States, in conjunction with the SGC conference
ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA
March 27th from 7-9pm

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Printmaking demo at Kala for the Southern Graphics Council Conference
Kala Studio, Berkeley, CA
March 28th at 12pm

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Altered States artist talks
ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA
March 29th at 5-7pm

What: printmaking events galore
Where: California and Minnesota
When: February and March 2014
Ambiance: convocation of the last group of Americans to still have use for phone books

Kalassal Opening Party Tonight

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KALASSAL – the yearly half-off print sale to benefit Kala opens tomorrow with great prints at great prices (as well as great music, fellowship, and food).  This is the perfect event for inaugurating the season of gift-giving!  Find a treasure and help keep Kala in the bone black. #printmaker-joke

What: KALASSAL 2013
Where: Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA
When: October 4-6, 2013
Ambiance: treasures from the flat files of Bay Area printmakers – wrapped in cellophane

Sculptural Friends

This week, two former classmates from the SAIC printmedia department showed up on Beautiful Decay (one writing, one featured). It was great to see Matt Nichols‘s new work: powerful, meticulously crafted, and a little irreverent. Four years ago, he did a series of paddle ball sets with the faces of tragic celebrities screenprinted to the front of the paddles. I still think of them every time a reference to River Phoenix comes up. In the same class, Easton Miller, the writer of the piece, was working on an intricate series documenting the many different types of male pattern baldness with illustrations burned into wood. I always loved the way it smelled when he was working on it. As you can see, they’ve both gone bigger and more sculptural in the last few years.

Also in the realm of sculpture, this time kinetic, one of the newest drawing machines from our amazing studio manager at Kala, Jesse Houlding, is on display now at Alter Space. These pieces move with the same perpetual-yet-changing persistence that allows one to stare into fireplaces or waves on the beach without getting bored. It’s fun to see the first marks on the canvas in this video:

Also in this series is a set of truck drawings created by letting a 16-pound shot-put roll around on carbon paper in the bed of his truck. I hope these pieces are titled things like, “Trip to Safeway” or “Normal Commute: Tuesday, April 10.” Whatever the names though, I love these drawings.

What: new work from Matt Nichols and Jesse Houlding
Where: Hungryman Gallery, and Alter Space
When: March and April 2012
Ambiance: manly men making meticulous mobile matter, meubles, and machines

Good Press

For those of you who love a perfect-bound art magazine and off-the-press eye-candy, Uppercase is always fun to find in the mailbox. The current issue (#11) also has one page dedicated to my practice (so if you decide to subscribe, please start with #11!). Also, the cover for this particular quarter is awesome:

And another fun new find: Printeresting, the content-rich printmaking blog toured Kala Art Institute (where I work) in mid-November. If you look in several of the photos from the workshop, you will see five square prints hanging upside down in the rafters. Those are stage one (one woodcut complete) of the print that eventually became this:

It was a fun little surprise to see that they’d eeked their way onto the web in infancy.

What: good press
Where: in your mailbox and on the web
When: November/December 2011
Ambiance: good reads – one analog, one digital – and fraternal feelings for the ink-fingered printmaking community at large

Last Day of artMRKT San Francisco

Today is the last day of artMRKT San Francisco. If you have time to stop by and see Kala’s booth this year, you won’t be disappointed. Here’s a great shot from Andrea of Dan and Gary installing the prints.

Event: artMRKT San Francisco
Venue: Concourse Exhibition Center
Dates:May 19-22, 2011
Ambiance: the SF version of Art Chicago (with more noticeable/comfortable carpet), great for an efficient inspiration overload