A Day in the Studio: Margaret Hitch

three color iterations of "What a Beautiful Way to Die"

4-plate CMYK photo-lithographs printed on Arches 88

….this image was first painted in gouache, then digitally edited in Photoshop, and finally printed as a three-plate halftone photo-lithograph….

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A Day in the Studio: Clara Gargano

Story of soft pornography: a monotype-artist book project by Clara Gargano

Some scrap paper and two words “soft­” and “pornography”, overheard at the right moment, led to a series of colorful monoprints and artist books. The idea behind the project is to approach the word  ”porn” in the “softest” way possible, avoiding a chance of being violent or vulgar. From the title to the production, everything is meant to be a lure to provoke the interest of the spectator.

When sex subject enters a conversation, it brings people to the opposed reactions of excitement or rejection. I intend to obtain two results: leave the spectator with a feeling of dissatisfaction by the shallow representation of the imagery; but at the same time, pleased by the object’s physicalness and by the richness of the colors and the shapes.

This series of artist books was originated by a pure chance, but the result turned out to be both challenging and  satisfying. It convinced me to continue exploring the production of artist books and engage with the topic of representation on an even more complex level.

Clara Gargano is an Italian artist, illustrator and graphic designer currently studying at Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design documenting the evolution of my work in relationship with American culture and lifestyle.

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A studio visit with Toby Millman (MFA 2007)

Stamps alumna Toby Millman created Access & Closure: stories from in and out of an occupied Palestine in n 2008 during artist-in-residence at the Oregon College of Art & Craft. The 64-page letterpress printed book was created using polymer plates and handset type in an edition of 50

Access & Closure started as cut paper works captioned with short vignettes that Toby began as an MFA student at Stamps School of Art and Design, drawing from a summer she spent in East Jerusalem in 2006, with additional images and stories added after a longer stay in Ramallah between 2007 and 2008.

Access & Closure can be seen in the permanent collection of the Getty Research Institute, Yale, Harvard and Columbia Universities, as well as the Qattan Foundation in Ramallah.

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A Day in the Studio: Joshua Nierodzinski (MFA candidate 2015)
Boots on the Ground, gif animation after 4-Color CMYK Plate Lithographs by Joshua Nierodzinski

A Day in the Studio: Joshua Nierodzinski (MFA candidate 2015)

Boots on the Ground, gif animation after 4-Color CMYK Plate Lithographs by Joshua Nierodzinski

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A Day in the Studio: Joshua Nierodzinski (MFA candidate 2015)

Boots on the Ground, new set of 4-Color CMYK Plate Lithographs by  Joshua Nierodzinski

This suite of prints was designed to celebrate the inherent reproductive and variable nature of the CMYK lithographic process. The images allude to the flickering channels of a television and the fragmentation that occurs during transference inside digital environments. The composite image coalesces to invite multiple readings that emerge from the persistence of vision and the innate human desire to create meaning from disparate parts. Meaning is constructed both explicitly, inside of the frame of the image, as well as implied by the information that is excluded and embedded in the process of creation. The composition is intended to reveal and remind us that the frame is container of information with an infinite capacity. In this way, it is a struggle to understand how framed media influence each other and directly affect human perception and behavior.

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A Day in the Studio: Christopher Withers working on Translation Print

The prompt for this piece came from an anonymous classmate and reads as follows:
"The eve of a grand event.  Decorated in vibrant apparel.  His only friend, the long-gone jungle animal.  A young king of the village."  
….in my collage, I have constructed this king-like figure with a stoic, regal gaze, outfitted in elaborate feathered robes.  He extends a claw-like hand, perhaps in longing for his absent animal friend.  The black cloud hanging before him symbolizes his anxiety about the coming event; the fate of his village may hang in the balance…. -Chris
 

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Witt Visiting Artist Teresa Cole

Teresa Cole, who was a Roman J. Witt Visiting Artist at Stamps School of Art and Design this semester, presented an awesome portfolio of limited edition intaglio printed collagraphs and talked about her research in India.

….the patterns created with carborundum are adhered or rather flocked to the plate with wet ink or spay paint and sealed in order to be printed in the intaglio manner like a traditional etching….

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A Day in the Studio: Katelyn Wollet

4-plate CMYK photo-lithograph printed on Arches 88

….This photolithography print came about through the resistance to collage. The process of creating the new collage was something I have never really enjoyed until this point. After getting over this initial fear, it was all quite natural and went smoothly. It became a flow of consciousness through imagery. The actual process of printing was a meditation and allowed me to concentrate on the process, technique, and creating variations with the existing plates….

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A Day in the Studio: Eva Cohen working on Translation Print

My collage is created from the found woodcut prints and old block prints pulled on a letterpress,  It is inspired by this short “translation”: 

“Crumbling ruins, far from what we know, hold something of our past. Take whatever you can- hold it close. Don’t loose it to time again.”

I initially thought about preservation, development over time, growth, memories and family history. Thinking about my family and ancestors, I sketched a tree symbolically representing “the tree of life”, and with “Crumbling ruins”. I began to think about how a tree, something which is perceived as strength, would fall apart. I decided to incorporate two extended arms into my image, appearing as though they are grasping to collect parts of the breaking tree.

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A Day in the Studio: Matt Rosner
Matt’s super quirky 4-plate CMYK photo-lithograph printed on Arches 88

….I’ve always been attracted to the conversations that can ignite through political satire, cultural critique, and polemic prose.  Through this image and others like it, I use the sheltered and stigmatized nude male body as the form on which I then make cultural statements and critiques of my own….

A Day in the Studio: Matt Rosner

Matt’s super quirky 4-plate CMYK photo-lithograph printed on Arches 88

….I’ve always been attracted to the conversations that can ignite through political satire, cultural critique, and polemic prose.  Through this image and others like it, I use the sheltered and stigmatized nude male body as the form on which I then make cultural statements and critiques of my own….

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Water-based woodcut demonstration at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing

In December 2012, I visited the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing as a guest artist and attended a water-based woodcut workshop with local printmakers and teachers.  This coming May and June, Stamps students enrolled in Printmaking & Culture of China class will be traveling to China and will visit Central Academy of ArtChina Academy of Art,  Tongji University to learn more about historic and contemporary China and discover the exciting landscape of contemporary Chinese printmaking.

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A Day in the Studio: Olivia Moore working on Translation Print

Four iterations of translation project, a series of collage prints created from pre-made discarded student woodcuts as well as old 1950’s block prints pulled through a letterpress.

The poem for my collage comes from this short “translation”:

"Dream world. Glittery obstacle. Sharp, yet inviting."

This was a poem created by one of the students from the class, based on a photograph we cannot see until the very end.

More to come!

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A Day in the Studio: Lydia Chamberlain working on Translation Print

"I am working on many iterations of my translation project. This collage is created from pre-made discarded student woodcut prints as well as old 1950’s block prints pulled through a letterpress."

The poem for my collage comes from this short “translation”:

An embrace by the sea; 
Tides of love beyond time as
A lunar eye looks on in envy.
Will the sea hold us too?

"This was a poem created by one of the students from the class, based on a photograph we cannot see until the very end."

More to come!

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From the teaching archives: Emily Repp (BFA 2010)

two iterations of coper-plate line-etchings by Emily Rapp

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