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Had a great time hanging out with Amy Dean and the Jerry’s Artarama film crew making this video about my work, linocutting, and awesome Speedball relief print materials.

Carlos Hernandez and I collaborated on this Speedball commemorative print for the St. Louis Scratch Fest – August 5th. I printed the linocut werewolf and Carlos screen printed all the text and details. More of these kinds of prints coming as we continue our “Get Inked” tour this year and next.

St. Louis Poster

Here’s my latest print. Linocut with 2 color screen print.
Title: Too Late
Size: 18″ x 24″

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Too Late

On November 3rd I visited the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Printmaking area and spread the good word about linocut printmaking. They’ve got a really impressive setup there. Thanks to Dom Rapone for inviting me.

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Had a fantastic trip to Ohio State University earlier this month. Got to work with a dynamic group of printmaking students and their professor Sergio Soave. Sergio and I have known each other for many years going back to a visiting gig I did at West Virginia University in the 90’s. Thanks to Adam, Allison and Sarah of the Student Printmaking Association for being such excellent hosts. Below are images of a print mural we made. 120 linocut prints, measuring 9′ x 60′. I also visited Ohio University. More about that soon.

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OSU print crew

The crew!

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OSU wall

The wall.

If you’re in NYC later this week check out the Evil Prints booth at the E/AB Fair. Dolores, one of my recent prints (published by Evil Prints), will be on view.

Dolores, Linocut, 2012, 30" x 25"

Dolores, Linocut, 2012, 30″ x 25″

6 Pigbat prints were recently on view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC. as part of the biennial Art on Paper show. Very cool to see them side by side and stacked up to about 10 feet tall. These hand-colored screen prints were made at Artists Image Resource (AIR) in Pittsburgh in 2010.

Pigbats at Weatherspoon Art Museum

6 Pigbat Prints. Each measures 38″ x 33″.

Here’s a short documentary by Ayanna Seals and Frith Gowan about my interest in making monster images. The piece was made during a summer workshop taught by Jim Haverkamp at The Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, NC.

Here’s an image I made for a portfolio organized by Joe Lupo at West Virginia University. The portfolio, NOT Approved By The Comics Code Authority, included work by 9 artists who are influenced by comics.

Homer Johnson, linocut, 2012

In late April I was in Corpus Christi, TX participating in the Oso Bay Biennial. Tom Huck and I were the jurors for the Oso Bay North American Printmaking Exhibit at the Islander Gallery. We also had a show at K Space Contemporary Gallery called NASTY. I showed a wall full of Skulls and Skullareks + some recent large images floating on top (see photo below). Huck premiered his Hillbilly Kama Sutra suite. Lots of other good stuff took place during the week, highlighted by Dennis McNett’s “Wolfbats Beseech the Great Bear of Oso Bay” performance. Here’s a nice write up about it on Printeresting by Jeff Dell.

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Save the date! Saturday August 15, 2020 10am - 5pm SOUTHEASTERN ZINE FEST Very excited to be helping organize this event @seccacontempart We hope to get a huge group of tablers from all over the southeast and beyond. Amazing venue! Registration information coming soon. Thanks to @matthewtauch for the graphic. #zines #diypublishing #zinefest #zine #zinemaking #printedmatter @tristinmillerartist @gsozinefest
ZINE POWER 💥💥💥 Check out this exhibit @uncwilmington @cabartgallery I’ll be there giving a talk and workshop about zines and other printed matter. Date: 2/27. #zines #printedmatter @tristinmillerartist #zinemachine @bubbles_zine @mangaberg @seccacontempart @matthewtauch @biovarg
Getting excited about my upcoming @speedball_art Roadshow Tour stop in Boston. As always, will be spreading the gospel of print with my good buddy @electriccalavera We’ll be making stops @smfaattufts @massartboston @lesleyuniversity @harvardartmuseums Double Trouble means printmaking magic ✨✨✨✨✨ #printmaking #screenprinting #reliefprintmaking #ink
Supergraphic Warehouse, a new alternative project space, will be presenting The Radical Repair Workshop on February 13th from 6pm - 8:30pm. Supergraphic Warehouse is located at unit 2220L in the Ample Storage facility at 2240 Dominion Street in Durham. The Radical Repair Workshop is a pop-up art experience housed inside a 1966 Frolic camper. The project encourages participants and viewers to consider their relationship to mending, sentimental objects, single-use items, and radical (potentially non-functional) modes of repair. Inside the camper you’ll find an art studio, a gallery of repaired items, and space for hands-on workshops. Items that have been donated by the public or scavenged by sculptor Julia Gartrell are taken in, assessed, and “repaired” in a manner aligning to their history. The “repairs” these items undergo may be technically non-functional or “productive” but they relate to a sculptural investigation of the object’s story, level of decay, and psychic/emotional energy. The approach to mending will be non-traditional—the item may not actually be “fixed,” but it will be transformed into a permanent art object, thus realigning our relationship to its “value.” The repaired items join the archive of the Radical Repair Workshop, along with their story, to be shared with future audiences along the journey of the project. Julia is interested in an anti-capitalist approach to the art object, and hopes that the Radical Repair Workshop encourages participants to accept “failure” as an actual form of success (as described by Judith Halberstam in The Queer Art of Failure). The repairs will take cues from Gartrell’s research into the creativity cultivated when resources are limited, such as in models of creative reuse and the escape of functional fixedness found in the face of scarcity. Modes of mending will vary depending on the item, but the Radical Repair Workshop is stocked with both traditional and non-traditional mending supplies ranging from string, tape, glue, and hardware to clay, dust, organic materials, and psychic energy. Results may be fleeting, ephemeral, or more permanent in nature, depending on the item being “repaired.”

New Printmaking Book

The second edition of my printmaking book (coauthored with Beth Grabowski) is now available. Its published by Laurence King, London. You can also find it on Amazon and other major online book sellers.

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SPEEDBALL PRO RELIEF INK!

If you want a super reliable, very rich black ink try Speedball's SUPERGRAPHIC BLACK by Bill Fick. It's oil-based but cleans up with soap and water!

I Luv Linoleum

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Where to buy linoleum

The best place to buy linoleum is Dick Blick. Choose from a variety of pre-cut sizes or by the role. Battleship Gray is best.

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