Romantic Writings

February 26, 2015

If you have been following my writing for the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus, I've posted on the blog this week. This new writing, entitled Geology, The Sleeping Giant, is a small, train-of-thought type of post which follows some of my research into the relationship of printmaking and humans to geology, and the ways I may have been overlooking rather important connections in my work only because they didn't seem like the work of a "printmaker."

Some of these ideas may make their way into my opening remarks at next month's SGCI panel, however I am more likely to use this a reflective exercise before working on a more broad approach to the overlapping ideas and themes that emerge from the group. All four of us use rocks and landscapes as a starting point for more significant and interesting work, and some of that work isn't even printmaking! I have been shadowed by these old-fashioned terms for so long and only now, at the age of 33, can I see past the traditions that drew me into it. The structure and the rules and the beautiful cleanliness of it all were some of the characteristics that printmaking had in common with the scientific method. I now know why there was a comfort in that, but art is not science. Printmaking is no longer defined by these old tenants.

antique copper engraving, published circa 1803

If you happen to like reading my post, please explore the writing of the other researchers and graduate students on the blog. There are wonderful, enlightening, and very interesting articles on the topics of Romanticism, scholarship, printmaking (especially Blake), and the intersections of science and art. As a guest visual artist on the blog, I'm happy to also be joined by guest poet Melissa Walter this year.

February Events and Updates

February 21, 2015

I just finished my second year of showing at Flatbed Press's Contemporary Print Fair, and it was wonderful. The chance to share work alongside other amazing regional printmakers and friends is always a gift and a rewarding experience. I had a blast meeting people, seeing other people's prints, and representing the Southwest School of Art with my friend, Dinah Coakley.

Dinah Coakley and I at our table at Contemporary Print Fair

Secondly, if you are attending this year's SGCI in Knoxville, there will be a great chance to hear how I research my work and what inspires it at the panel At the Core: Printmakers and Geologies which takes place on Saturday, March 21. I am looking forward to this year's conference as it will include not only several stimulating academic discussions but also lots of printmaking events, gallery openings, and open portfolios. SGCI is truly one of my favorite things to do and I'm always glad when I get a chance to contribute to it.

Finally, if you're keeping up with me on Twitter or know me personally, you've probably read that, through the generous support of the Surdna Foundation at Artist Lab, I have aquired a Makerbot Replicator Mini. This one tool will not only enhance how I work in the studio, it will create opportunities for me to think about my prints in new and completely different ways than before. For now, I have so many ideas and a bit of a learning curve, so I'll save you all the excited posts of messed up pieces of plastic. I think this really bodes well for future capabilities for me and my ideas about the blending of sculpture and print.

screengrab from Makerbot's first print run

Book Collaboration with Artist Cat Snapp

January 15, 2015

Cat making edits and notes on final drawings

At the very end of 2014, I had the chance to spend all day in the studio working on a project with my friend, Cat Snapp. Over the course of a few months of sharing Dropbox files and e-mails back and forth, we developed the idea of writing, drawing, and sharing work that will someday become an editioned artist book. Two weeks ago, Cat and her husband Mike had the opportunity to come through Texas on a trip to see family and spend an extra day just on studio time for our book project.

working on drawings together in my studio in San Antonio, Texas

My day with Cat was really invigorating and helped me see how time-focused one has to be in order to make successful work. When creating with a partner on drawings and goals, it was gratifying to have instant feedback on choices ranging from paper samples to what direction a drawing needed to go in order to make the cut. I found that the weaknesses I had were some of Cat's strengths, and in the wonderful symbiosis of teamwork on projects with other artists, I discovered more of my own voice and felt great being able to utilize it with a trusted friend. So much development happened in only one day that I can't wait to see what comes of our efforts when we get this book onto a press.

More to come as we keep going forward.

I'll only come to regret all the art I didn't make.

December 9, 2014

installing work at the Guadalupe

Today was install day for our group show at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. I've been trying to document my working process with photos and some writing, but sometimes things come on quickly and I will write them or do them as soon as I can - after teaching or when I get home from work - or sometimes as soon as I wake up and remember what it was that seemed like such a great idea. I've started keeping a small sketchbook next to my bed, so that when I awake from these dreams that appear to have so much weight and meaning, I can write them quickly. It seems sometimes like art should be a reflex; to make something as fast as it comes to me, and stop fooling around with all this overanalyzing.

Anyway, please do come and see my new work. I'd really like it if you wanna discuss all the rationale with me.

December Exhibition

November 28, 2014

Our first exhibition as a group is coming soon. Fernando Andrade, Kim Bishop, Daniela Riojas, Luis Valderas, and I will present our latest work with the Artist Lab during the month of December.

Artist Lab: Inaugural Exhibition
Friday, December 12, 2014
6-9 p.m. Museo Guadalupe
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