Happy New Year with 1st leather journal

Leather bound journal, cover paper is woodcut print on handmade paper. Measures about 9 x 11 x 1 in.

Leather bound, woodcut-printed handmade papered cover. Measures about 9 x 11 x 1 in

First leather binding since the NYC class in November. Soooo glad I remembered all the details, except this one is not without errors. Good news is I learned some new things not to do. Like do NOT pare down the whole piece of leather for spine! I pared it so thin that all the sewn signatures can be seen through the leather. Oh well. Anyway, leather is buckskin, darkened with a bit of linseed oil, and it’s full of cast off prints on handmade paper, grid paper, and pretty awesome for writing/drawing in. Looking forward to making more.

The carcasses are going to NYC!!

street signs say "Destination Chelsea"The email said:
IPCNY is thrilled to notify you that Carcasses from “The Meat Locker” has been selected for New Prints 2011/Autumn, our 40th New Prints show. Congratulations! I am attaching an image to confirm the selection….

8ft long carcasses from 'The Meat Locker' an installation featured in May, 2011 MFA show: 'Pattern to Processing.' Woodcuts on masa, adhered to painted styrofoam insulation panels.

I can’t believe it. I never thought I would make the cut…. The message on their website earlier apologized for the delay in notifications because they’d received over 2,500 submissions(!)–the deadline for sending submissions was August 1, and we still hadn’t heard any results by the end of the month. Total bummer with those odds–I figured there was no way, since typically less than 50 artists are accepted for the show.

Just about went crazy when I found out. Of course the timing was perfect. Rules were that the work submitted had to have been created within 1 year of submission date. Just so happens, my MFA show (and the 8ft carcasses) were finished in May, 2011, so they fit easily within the time limits. And typically, I wouldn’t have been carving/printing 8ft carcasses for a non-MFA gallery show at (Artisan Gallery), since they’re not really commercially viable.** But for New York, for IPCNY’s “new prints” they were perfect. Here’s their mission statement for the New Prints Program:

International Print Center New York’s New Prints Program was created to bring artists’ prints of the highest quality from the widest possible range of sources to the attention of the viewing public. By establishing this unique and ongoing forum for exhibiting prints by artists at all stages of their careers, IPCNY continues its work to enlarge audiences for the visual arts.

Now, I need to figure out how to crate up these four 8ft carcasses. Getting advice thankfully from some curators and carpenters….

**Ironically though, I just might be showing something related at Artisan next June, 2012, in the form of a life-size tunnel book. Stay tuned!

Happy birthday to me (a day of printing)….

Awesome day yesterday–got to print all day uninterrupted (thank you J!!!). Just in from studio now at 3am the next day…

1 more color to go in “Your Days Are Numbered” folio. The edition for the folio will be trimmed down to 10″ x 22″, but I printed a bunch more to be at 16″ x 22″ for a more standard size for a separate edition. Here’s some pics (one more color–black–to go). Features one of the “Fat Bastards” (Broiler or Cornish-Cross chickens raised for meat).

First off, the paper! Handmade at the paper lab at the Art Lofts this summer. I call it “Avocado Gold.” Check out the sparklies!!!:

avocado green handmade paper with gold sparkles and printed ink

And here’s the edition (some of the 50 total prints) with one more color to go (black):

prints of chicken head drying on clothes lines

And a closeup of the Fat Bastards (minus black):

woodcut of chicken head/chest

Each print is 22" x 16" woodcut print on handmade, 100% cotton rag paper. 3 of 4 colors printed here.


Last color, black, tomorrow. Will post when finished and get a moment.

This little piggy…

…is going to the Wisconsin Biennial.

woodcut printed 8ft pulltoy pig with kids

"Market Weight Pull-Toy" • 8ft x 4ft • woodcut prints on feedsacks, wood, cardboard, acrylic, training wheels....

As is this tom:

woodcut by S.V. Medaris of giant wild turkey

"Turkey Promenade" • 30in x 22in • 5-color reduction woodcut

Wisconsin Biennial at The Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI. June 26 – August 7. Reception: June 26, 1:30 – 4pm

8ft chicken is finished and on display…

…at the Overture Center for the Arts.

framed art on wall, with 8ft woodcut chicken in foreground

The show is up! Now on view through June 25th, 2011. Meet the artists at the reception Gallery Night, Friday, May 6, 6pm.

More info: Overture Center, Gallery 1

8ft hand-colored woodcut chicken

Hand- colored woodcut, printed on masa, then mounted on plywood cutout form and varnished. By the way, that's a Golden-Laced Wyandotte, cock. Maximus was one of my first roosters (bros with Big Tiny).

It’s a huge relief to be done with this and have it up on display. I mean it was fun to do, but printing by hand with a wooden spoon (my press is “only” 30in wide….the chicken block is a 4ft x 8ft plywood block) is not easy, especially with so much solid black. An exercise in patience most definitely.