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artist in focus

What themes or subjects are you currently addressing in your work? I am currently addressing narrow environment; exploring vertical space. A print is a subjective response to my experience of perpendicular architecture, to movement within upright bounds. What materials do you work with? I work with paper, ink, and copper plate. I am a printmaker. I use acid (ferric chloride) to alter the surface of the copper plate. I use grounds to control what areas of the plate are exposed to ferric. I draw line into hard ground using a steel needle. The plate is etched for a longer duration to achieve more density in the line. Rosin is used to create areas of tone. I prefer charbonnel inks, the grain is smaller. I usually print in black and blue ink, but I may add areas of color using rice paper glued to the printmaking sheet. This process is called chine collé, the glue is made from methyl cellulose. I do also take 35 mm film photographs and use objects from the negatives. What is …

I know who Devraj is

He works on lithographs across from the monitor desk at the Bob Blackburn printshop. Devraj hunches a bit, as many master printers tend to. I watch him pull prints from stones with two hands and arms which would wobble on another man his age. I sit here on Wednesdays, checking people in and glaring at them when they steal my pens. Mostly my job consists of fetching newsprint and politely informing the shop guests that we do not have any chargers available for your iPhone 6000. The other day he asked me for a dozen sheets of newsprint, I gave him one. He held up two fingers, signaling he wanted 11 more. I thought he meant he wanted two total, and I brought him one more. He laughed and shook his head and said one dozen. Frustrated with myself I fetched him 10 more sheets and sank back into my best-guessed desk. Devraj took an interest in my work. He saw two of my largest prints last week, I intentionally left them against the wall …

DIY image transfer with Golnar Adili

Golnar Adili is an artist from Iran who lives and works in New York. Adili experiments with archival material, the content of her work is often related to the longing and distance between two cultures. Adili grew up separated from her mother, who remained in Iran after her family moved to the United States. Adili cuts and forms images using craft materials to create sculptural ‘images.’ I ask her about the relationship between 2 and 3 dimensional art works. “We’ll see,” she says. (image taken from Adili’s website)   I am taking her “Image Transfer to Sculpture” class at the Robert Blackburn Printshop. Last night, Adili taught us how to transfer inkjet prints on to fine art papers using citrasolv, a cleaning chemical available at whole foods or other fine grocers. This process can be repeated at home. You’ll need digital images, citrasolv, cotton balls, an inkjet printer,  bone folder or wooden spoon and fine art paper such as japanese rice paper or Arches etching paper. If you don’t have a bone folder or wooden spoon, you can use an etching press. 😉 Begin …

Who is Devraj?

Who is Devraj? I think she works across the hall at the Elizabeth for the Arts Foundation’s Project Space. Pretty sure she’s the pretty girl with black hair who sits on a mac and has vocabulary to discuss contemporary art. There is a post-it note with her phone numbers stuck to the mac desktop I’m sitting at. Guess where? I’m across the hall at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Founded in 1948 by the printmaker and master printer Robert Blackburn, the shop has existed to provide access to fine-arts printmaking for almost 70 years. A screenprinted tshirt with an image of the African-American artist pushing a roller towards the viewer hangs on the wall near the plastic lunch table. They are available IN MANY COLORS! for $25. Can you do me a big favor and buy me a black one? Not yet, I am waiting on a package of newspaper clippings to arrive. An artist named Ronnie ran into me at the co-op. She asked where I worked, I told her RBPMW. She goes Oh, …

I have been printing a grid

frustrated by my cute nose and loose wrists, I have disappeared from Detroit and have been in the print studio among steel plates, ink canisters clanking on glass and white kids making ‘grotesque’ images of skin-cracked babies. Chris is here in critique nodding, and a man made a print by casting the iching on his iphone and placed stones in a grid filling a 12×20 woodblock. the image was quite successful and i believe he may have struck upon a process of making which removes the self enough to facilitate a pure emergence of (the) form. It is a print, this piece of paper with ink. 2015