Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals"

 The destruction of the Enrique Chagoya lithograph "The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals" by Kathleen Folden at the Loveland Museum Gallery was the direct result of inflammatory and false descriptions of the print.

The premeditated destruction was fomented by the defamation of Enrique Chagoya and his work by Daryle Klassen, Deacon Edward Armijo, Fox News, news Channels 4 and 9, The Denver Post and many other news media, blogs and individuals. They all made statements that the lithograph “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals” was “smut,” “filth,” “porn,” “obscene,” and depicted “Jesus having oral sex”. Statements that were unfounded and not proven.

We deplore the violence and intolerance of this act. It is an insidious form of coercive censorship.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Now Available!

The new book, The Legend of Bud Shark and his Indelible Ink, is now available! 

Published on the occasion of the exhibition at MCA DENVER, Cydney Payton, Curator, Feb 3 – June 28, 2009.  The book includes eighty-two prints by ten artists who have created works on paper with Master Printer Bud Shark over the past thirty-three years. Cydney Payton, Editor
Texts by the Artists, Curator and Master Printer.
Artists included: John Buck, Enrique Chagoya, Bernard Cohen, Red Grooms, Jane Hammond, Don Ed Hardy, Robert Kushner, Hung Liu, Hollis Sigler and Betty Woodman.
Hardbound, 228 pages, 12 x 10”, 111 color plates with two 40” gatefolds.
Craig Okino, Designer
$60.00 plus packing and shipping.
Available from Shark's Ink.

Distributed by:
DAP/Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013
Published by Hardy Marks Publications

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Betty Woodman

Betty Woodman has come to the studio almost every Spring since we began our collaborations in 1985. We have made monotypes, monoprints, woodcuts and lithographs. Some of them with collage and combinations of processes.
Betty returned in April to make new monotype collages. First working on background sheets and then vessel shapes that were cut out and collaged onto the backgrounds.
Four groups of monotypes were completed. They include, Terra Cotta Vases & Flowers, Dining Room and Shutters & Vases. In these prints Woodman places images of her vessels into room like settings.
Here are some examples.

Dining Room #2

Terra Cotta Vases & Flowers #4

Shutters & Vases #4

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Drive By Visit

Joseph Velasquez and Drew Iwaniw visited us last week with their mobile print studio....Drive By Press. Great to have them stop by and show us their ingenious system for fitting a complete print studio into the back of their van. They showed the quick set up...rolling their press out and ready to print in a matter of minutes. We got to see what they've been up to and show them work going on in our studio.

They are doing a inspired job of "spreading the ink". They have traveled 100's of thousands of miles around the country setting up at universities, colleges and public schools. They make printmaking accessible to young people through their hands-on
demonstrations. I've been so impressed by what they are doing that I've almost packed my bag and run off with them.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Recent Visitors

We have had recent visitors to the studio, including four elk that fought each other, exhausted themselves, ate our birdseed and rested right outside our windows.

Don Ed Hardy, Hung Liu and Enrique Chagoya came for the Logan Conversation at the MCA Denver on Feb 24th. This program was in conjunction with our exhibition which will be on view through the 28th of June. The conversation was lively, funny and offered insights into our collaborations and the making of the prints.

Hardy stayed on to work on a new lithograph and group of monotypes. The lithograph is Free Range & Howboy. We'll be printing the edition this week.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

MCA Denver exhibition opens

"The Legend of Bud Shark and his Indelible Ink" opened at the MCA Denver on Feb 6th.
This group exhibition was curated by Cydney Payton and features 83 prints by ten artists with whom we have had significant collaborations over a number of years.
The represented artists are John Buck, Enrique Chagoya, Bernard Cohen, Red Grooms, Don Ed Hardy, Jane Hammond, Robert Kushner, Hung Liu, Hollis Sigler, and Betty Woodman.
Payton's soaring installation is dynamic and exciting. I hope that you'll have an opportunity to see it.
The exhibition will be on view through June 28th.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

John Buck's "The Luminary"

We've just completed part of the edition of John Buck's new woodcut The Luminary. Here is some video of the printing and hand coloring processes.
Printing the key block by hand burnishing.

Removing the print from the block.

Hand coloring with acrylic paint applied with spray gun.