WSU Printmaking Studio, Room 7094
Lari Gibbons will be working on a print project with students throughout the week of the RMPA2018 Symposium. Gibbons seamlessly marries the digital fabrication of printing matrices with the craft of fine art printmaking, while exploring the patterns of change to be found in the contemporary landscape. She studies artifacts found in natural history collections, as well as making field expeditions, to create a repository of drawings and photographs. She transforms these reference materials of microscopic images, plant specimens, maps, and charts into contemplative pieces that explore shifts in the natural environment.
Printing a Mural: Collective Relief Printing and Public Installation.
Reinaldo Gil Zambrano
U of I Art + Architecture North & WSU Fine Arts Center Plaza
Using the principals of traditional relief printmaking, a collaborative force from Eastern Washington State University produces print-based murals to be install for general public in both of the hosting institutions. An open call to EWU students came together, no previous experience needed, under the guidance of Reinaldo Gil Zambrano. The creation of two large murals using woodcut relief printing, and wheat pasting brings the idea of collaboration and community to create these large pieces by drawing, carving and printing together by hand.
The pieces were previously carved and printed by hand on paper at EWU. Each printed paper will be transported to the RMPA hosting institution to be install during RMPA. The progress of this project has been documented and would be share during the Biennial. The experience will highlight the collaboration of diverse printmaking enthusiasts celebrating the crafting of a mural that defies the scale of traditional printing while exposing it to a larger public. Due to the nature of wheat pasting, the mural would be expose and transform by the external weather for the years to come.
Naked Screen Printing
Lisa Turner & Margot Myers
Friday, April 20th, 2:30 PM, U of I Art + Architecture North 015 (Print Studio)
Naked screen printing is intuitive, invites spontaneity, experimentation and quick decision making. The results are surprising, unanticipated and exciting and the process can be completed in a home studio, or a studio with basic infrastructure. This printmaking method can be used to create resolved works of art, can be layered and/or combined with other printmaking techniques. Cleanup is also easily achieved with just running water and soap. Simple equipment required for this demo includes: silkscreens, squeegees, paper, transparent base, wet & dry drawing media, drawing & painting tools and paper.
Non-toxic wet and dry media will be used to develop screen prints that rely heavily on drawing and painting techniques. Direct methods demonstrated will employ the use of chalk pastels, graphite, Sumi ink and water based ink to create unique prints. The demonstration will be collaborative and cumulative - attendees are invited to participate directly by collaborating with the demonstrators to add their imagery and mark-making to create layered unique prints.
Found Nature Martrixes & Prints
Friday, April 20th, 3:00 PM, U of I Art + Architecture North 015 (Print Studio)
This demonstration will cover techniques for creating alternative print matrices out of collected natural materials to create monoprints, editions, and inkless embossed prints, as well as hold discussions based around the use of these materials as both scientific documentation and emotive elements within an artistic practice. Examples of paper types and paper preparation, as well as a plethora of finished pieces showcasing an expanse of finishing techniques will be shown and discussed as well.
A wide selection of found materials will be presented and available to create monotypes and plates, and will then printed while discussing what to look for while collecting materials from the natural environment and while inking and pulling the prints. Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their own found natural materials to explore these processes.
Cut Vinyl Applications for Lithography
Saturday April 21st, 9:00 AM, WSU Printmaking Studio, Room 7094.
Vinyl cutters have become a desktop point-and-click device almost as common and affordable as a typical inkjet printer. Most of these machines also utilize the same file types that artists are already accustomed to creating for films in screen printing, lithography and photo etching. This demonstration will explore how to apply this new, affordable technology to working practices within stone lithography in ways that seem familiar and exploratory.
Working from a stone with both drawn areas and flat color vinyl will be used to establish an image, edit a previous image and improvise on the fly. The goal of this demonstration is to create a myriad of new image options using new technology within a traditional lithographic framework.
2.5 Dimensions: Exploring the Intersection of Glass and Print
Saturday April 21st, 10:30 AM, WSU Screen Printing Studio, Room 7082.
As a printmaking medium, glass provides unique possibilities of texture, transparency, and depth. This technical demonstration will cover how to adapt traditional lithography and screen print processes to the glass medium through live demos and a wide range of examples. Additionally, the presentation will include a brief discussion on incorporating glass chemistry and variations in heat to achieve an added range of aesthetic effects. The print techniques shown are achieved by using powdered glass as the print material and sheet glass as the substrate, resulting in a "print" composed completely of glass. This evolving process draws on the craft of both the print and glass communities, creating a new and intriguing hybrid form.
Prints as Resources: Uses Beyond Editions
Saturday April 21st, 10:00 AM, WSU Fine Arts.
With a background in Archival paper Preservation, and as former Head Preparator of the Print, Drawing and Photography Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Toland brings to her art practice thirty years of handling and treating works of art on paper. While appreciating the discipline of creating editions of prints, Toland looks to making unique prints and installations as a way to extend the power and reach of prints. Toland will present her installation work and discuss her methods of creating unique, collaged woodblock prints. By using an archival adhesive film and transparent carbon paper impressions of blocks for registration, Toland is able to combine printed images along with decorative papers and bokashi printing to add areas of depth. This method of working will be included step by step in the presentation.