Gum Printing with Minna Resnick is coming to RBPMW this Fall!
Also known as paper plate lithography, gum printing is a method of inking up an image directly from a photocopy (or laser print) and transferring it to paper. The process is similar to lithography with your photocopy becoming your printing plate. This is a relatively easy, quick, and fun method to get images - both simple and complex - onto good paper.
Artist, printer, and instructor, Minna Resnick, will be introducing the process during her Artist Talk at RBPMW this month and teaching a Gum Printing Workshop in October. Spaces fill up fast, register for the class soon and save the date for her artist talk.
Artist Talk with Minna Resnick
Thursday, September 20. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Gum Printing Workshop
October 20 - 21
Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Class Fee: $160 members/$200 non-members
*8 hours of free studio time
Contact RBPMW to register: 646.416.6226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Minna Resnick has lived in Ithaca, NY, since 1987, where she also maintains her studio. She has shown both nationally and inter-nationally and has work in over 50 public and private collections, including the American Council on Education, Washington, DC, and the United States Information Agency. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, NY; the Denver Art Museum, CO; the New York Public Library; the Newark Museum, NJ; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; and Kunsthaus Grenchen, Switzerland. Resnick's work is also represented in over 30 university and municipal collections. In 1980, she was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and she received New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in 1991 and 1995. In 1999, she was awarded a Constance Saltonstall artist fellowship. Most recently, in 2007 and 2009, she organized an international printmaking exhibition and related symposium in China. Resnick continually gives lectures and workshops around the US, and teaches part-time.
July 5 - July 26
Opening: Thursday, July 12. 6 pm - 8 pm
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop is pleased to announce the opening of One Year Later: Part I, the first of two exhibitions featuring our 2011 Studio Immersion Project Fellows. On view is the work of Joseph Burwell, Ethan Greenbaum, Naomi Reis and Beth Sutherland.
For many SIP Fellows, the 3-month fellowship at RBPMW is their first exposure to printmaking. It is a time of experimentation, reflection and new directions. The experience permeates each artist's practice, allowing them to pursue their independent artistic goals with newly discovered insights from printmaking. Like RBPMW’s community, this group of artists is diverse in artistic practice and style. This exhibition is a glimpse of the effect of their tenure at RBPMW, One Year Later.
Sutherland and Greenbaum are inspired by everyday people, yet neither represents the figure. Sutherland creates intricately detailed watercolors and etchings of suburban American architecture. Working exclusively from life, she chooses exteriors that reveal a narrative about the inhabitants. Greenbaum zooms in closer, recreating facades of structures that surround us. The depicted striations and cracks provide a narrative about our use of those structures. Greenbaum is exhibiting vacuum formed photographs of New York City pavement – enlarging his close-up images and imbuing them with a sculptural presence. Both Sutherland and Greenbaum focus on finding beauty in the most ordinary.
Burwell and Reis create imaginative pieces that have a sense of familiarity but are not entirely recognizable. Burwell fuses architectural elements from different time periods and cultures to create new ambiguous buildings with a futuristic air. Burwell draws architectural inspiration from Islamic, Medieval and Turkish buildings; his use of isometric perspective is borrowed from Medieval painting, and his color pallete is informed by video games, sports teams’ uniforms and Islamic manuscripts. Like Burwell, Reis employs an anomalous color palette in her depictions of fictional architecture. In this new series, she focuses on landscaped gardens - places where nature is shaped by the vigilant hands of an unseen architect. Starting with photographs of actual places, Reis digitally modifies each image, applying numerous filters to stylize and abstract the original scene. Seen through this mechanical lens, nature becomes a series of graphic shapes in unnatural colors - manmade gardens manipulated for maximum effect.
We have quite a few Artist Talks coming up this Summer! Save the date in your calendar - these events are free and open to the public!
Making Cry Uncle & other artist books
Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NYFA Award recipient Frances Jetter will discuss the making of her limited edition artist book, Cry Uncle. Presenting the book along with preparatory sketches and mock ups Jetter will detail her progress from the idea stage to the finished project including: writing, research, rough thumbnail sketches, drawing and carving relief blocks, making several dummies, choosing paper, designing the silk screened book sack, and, most importantly, collaborating with two printers: RBPMW Technician Justin Sanz & Peter Kruty.
Jetter's work focuses on telling stories in pictures. She is intrigued by political subject matter, not only to protest and document it, but as an exploration of human nature.
Cry Uncle is Jetter's graphic response to man's inhumanity towards fellow man in Abu Gharib, Guantanamo and Bagram. By using a phrase touted by childhood bullies as her title Jetter is presenting actions deemed unthinkable, in a vocabulary familiar to us all.
Political and social subjects have long been the focus of Jetter's relief prints. Since 1976, her images have illustrated political commentary in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, the Village Voice, and the Nation.
Jetter's relief prints are included the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Detroit Institute of Arts and the New York Public Library Print Collection. Her artist's books are in libraries including University of Washington in Seattle, the New York Public Library's Spencer Collection, Rhode Island School of Design, UCLA, Stanford University, Williams College and other special collections.
A solo exhibit of "Cry Uncle," was shown at NYU Langone Medical Center's Smilow Gallery, and Parsons School of Design before traveling to City College of New York. Shows of her sculpture and prints include NYU Broadway Windows, Art of the Times (x Four) at the Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University, Art and Empire at Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, and Neo-Integrity at the Museum of Comic and Cartooning Art, in NYC. She received a fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts for her prints in 2003, a grant from the Puffin Foundation in 2010, and another fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts for her artist's book in 2011. Jetter has taught at the School of Visual Arts since 1979.
Frances Jetter is a 2011 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is co-sponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a NYFA public program, funded with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
|Foil Printing Demo
Thursday June 14, 6.30 pm-7.30 pm
RBPMW Instructor Ana Golici will discuss the various results that can be achieved when foil is combined with digital and traditional printmaking techniques.