Here’s the card for a poster/print show I co-curated with Carlos Hernandez and sponsored by Speedball. If you’re in Atlanta this Friday come check it out.

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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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© Laura Mueller

© Laura Mueller

On August 26th I participated in the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Monster Drawing Rally. Cranked out a chitlins drawing and some cartoons. Hope to do it again next year!

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Photo by Robby Poore

 

I’m super excited about Speedball’s new line of Professional Relief Inks. I’ve been helping develop them over the last few years – specifically the Supergraphic Black ink. I’ve printed hundreds of linocuts with it and have had nothing but excellent results. Its water-miscible (cleans up with water-based solvents. Window cleaner works great!) and holds detail beautifully. Another feature that I like is that it never builds up on the block so you never need to strip it. Here are two short videos made by Jim Haverkamp that highlight the ink.


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My show at SECCA, Chamber of Chills, has been extended to August 7th.

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If you happen to be in the Winston-Salem, NC area from now until late July check out my show at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). Its called Chamber of Chills and consists of hundreds of linocuts and screen prints pasted to the walls and floor. The title is based on a horror comic book series from the 1950s of the same title.

This installation is part of an ongoing series at  SECCA called 12 x 12. “12 x 12 gives artists from across North Carolina a public platform for continued artistic development and recognition in the place where they live and work, and beyond. At the same time, the series aims to push conversation around contemporary art forward and to consider the significance of localism as a curatorial framework. What does it mean to these artists to be working in the South and Southeast today, especially after the Internet and Globalization?”

Chamber of Chills view

Chamber of Chills installation

The most recent version of Scary Wall (#3) is currently on view at the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art as part of the OUT OF PRINT exhibit.

Link to a video about the show HERE.

On view from March 19th 2016 – May 29th 2016

“Out of Print features artists that are part of the New Contemporary movement who work primarily with printmaking. Each of the artists chosen for this exhibition push the boundaries of printmaking and challenge the traditional modes of this particular art form that has been practiced by artists for centuries. Exhibiting artists include: Bill Fick, Chuck Sperry, Crystal Wagner, Dennis McNett, Greg Gossel, Morning Breath, Ravi Zupa, and Troy Lovegates.”

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Scary Wall #3, Linocut prints, 2016, 8′ x 8′. Photo by Josef Zimmerman

Last month I spent two days working with printmaking students at Meredith College. Thanks to Prof. Cameron Johnson for having me in! We also ran a t-shirt printing jam session – lots o’ shirts printed! Below photos by Bekah Morton

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Cameron Johnson and Bill Fick

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The PULL exhibit that Beth Grabowski, Lisa Pierce and I curated at the Weems Gallery, Meredith College just closed (1/28/16 – 3/27/16). It was terrific show – thanks Lisa! Also, thanks to all the artists that participated! Work by these artists can be found in the Fick/Grabowski printmaking book.

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Installation view (Weems Gallery) of Exit Light, Enter Night. Two linocut prints + printed wood panels. Photo by Bekah Morton

 

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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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