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Friday, 4 March 2011

INKED final flyer and poster, more printing and more etching!

We now have the final flyer and poster made up for our Interim Show, INKED.

Mus's Poster
Above is the poster that Mus designed. In my last post I wrote that I needed to change the colours of my flyer to match in with it. Below is the invite for the Private View and the general flyer that I designed for the show.

Private View Invite

General Flyer

So if you are reading this and in or around Cambridge between the 16th and 24th please do come along for a look at our exhibition! We would be very happy to see you! 

Yesterday I finished drawing my new funny shaped plates. I took them in to college to paint stop out varnish on to the edges so they wouldn't be effected by the acid. While I was waiting for them to dry I pulled off the print bellow for a quick experiment with different colour ways. I used a lot of extender with the blue ink to give it a translucent effect and so the violet red underneath would show through creating a different tone.

Experiment with etching and lino cut - Different colour ways

I think the colours used in this print work much better than the strong bright green I was using for the lino layer and think I will probably try some more in the future using lots of extender in the ink.

The large etching plates were now dried and ready to be etched today. I wanted to get them done so they could be printed on Monday but the biggest one was a tiny bit too big to fit in the acid bath! Just my luck! We couldn't set up the bigger bath as other people were using the baths already set up. I was disappointed but John (The studio technician) says we can set the bigger one up on Monday and I can get them etched then. A bit frustrating but as much as I enjoy working in a shared learning environment it also has its draw backs! The shots below show some of the detail from the plates waiting to be etched.

Last Wednesday (23/3/11) our class had a field trip to London. We went to see the 'Surface Noise' exhibition at The Jerwood Space. We had a talk from Gill Saunders who is the curator of prints at the V&A. The talk was really interesting and we had a chance to ask questions at the end. The exhibition showed off the talents of contemporary artists all at different stages of their career. Some were graduates, while others were practicing artists. I was particularly impressed by the work of Dorothy Cross, who is originally a sculptor, as are most of the artists in the show. She uses one main image in her collection of prints on display at the gallery. The image seems biblcal and Cross uses zoomed in sections of detail from this image, twinned with the sea and waves to create a group of unique images.

You can see her material by clicking here.

Another artist who's work I enjoyed was that of Janne Malmros. She uses pattern printed through a wide range of different techniques in her prints. The prints shown at the gallery were patterns with a selected area of them cut out and folded up to create small cubes and a 3D element. The areas that had been left revealed an element of how the artist reached the final print which I thought was a really nice touch. For example, the print she had made from a wood cut showed wood from underneath where the cube area had been cut out and folded up.

You can see this by following this link.

And to find out more information on this exhibition and the Jerwood Space please click this link! Well worth a look if you are in the area!

We also visited the Tate Modern where Gabriel Orozco has a show from 19-25th April. 

Scan of Gabriel Orozco flyer
I really enjoyed the exhibition as there was a wide range of works, from sculptue to drawing to photography and painting. The artist tries to provoke the viewer in to wondering 'Why?' with the works he presents. 'Atomist Series 1996' is a collection of enlarged images from the sports pages in British newspaper are under a collection of super imposed 2 tone elipses split in to quarters, with no explanation. 'Black Kites 1997' is the skull (On the flyer) and has a grid drawn on to it in graphite. The patterns are rythmical and more or less perfect, as is a lot of the graphically driven work on display. The artist is also clearly open to experimentation as he shows a collection of works using circles on graph paper. For his starting point for these he spat toothpaste on to the paper! This collection is called 'First Was the Spitting 1993'. A piece that stood out for me was 'Chicotes 2010'. Orozco displays a collection of burst and discarded tires that he has found on Mexican Highways filling a whole room in the Tate. He twins the strips of tire with poured aluminum. The pieces have an aquatic feel about them, resembling seaweed and whale skin, emphasized by the liquid forms of the metal poured over them.

More information about the exhibition can be found on the Tate Modern's website. If you do pay this exhibition a visit be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of it!

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