All posts tagged: lithography

Sweetie

Beth brought a poppy seed cake to the printshop today for her birthday. Catherine Stack is teaching Sugarlift technique in Etching II, and devraj is printing lithographs of strawberry jam labels from 1941. I’m going to take a bath of acid.

can i show you something

met with ambie abano after seeing a video of her printmaking. she works wth large wood blocks and carves bodies into the blocks. the blocks are printed on paper using a spoon, and some are printed on cloth. her work is displayed in the philippines, where she is from, and she says in the video her work is about confronting death. i showed her the image transfers i made on saturday night, this time working with a cutout of the shoecrab. the images are small versions of what will later be large prints. the shape of the crab on its side is printed on fine japanese paper, i believe leftover kozoshi from the image transfer class with golnar adili. ambie didn’t ask what the shapes were, but she suggested pronto plate lithography after i explained the image transfer process. she explained the sponging method to me, which i recognized from college, and suggested litho paper. I’m not sure what litho paper is… ‘do you like pattern,” she asked me after seeing my experiments. yes, i …

lLitograjafe

I just grained my first litho stone. It’s Thursday, December 1, raining tonight in New York. I’m at the Robert Blackburn Printshop on 39th and 8th avenue. We’re in the Garment district, surrounded by fabric shops. A group of four women are finishing a chine collé class with Nandini Chirimar. justin says these stones were Bob’s. This one is about 200 pounds. I sprinkle 80 grain on the rock. The color of the grain is metallic, like brass jewelry and small like the inside of hourglass. You sprinkle it onto the limestone and rotate the alligator across rok with a lot of force until the spinning disk grinds away The Image from Before. I worked it until 9 and then some. Made sure the surface was level and left a note. Signed it Anne

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 …

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, …