Back in the print studio

I’ve spent the last two months back in the print studio silkscreening. In college I practically lived in the studio because I loved it so much. It’s cool to feel the exact same way after all this time.

My [overwhelming] contact sheet

I’ve been thinking about Gerhard Richter’s Atlas project lately, and how nice it would be to have all of my ideas in one place besides my head. Sometimes I think about firing up the old sketchbook again, but then I get sidetracked looking through images on my computer, and spend an hour making a picture like this.

These are video stills from things I’m working on. I don’t know what to make of them yet, so I watch them rotate as slideshows between my 4 computer monitors all day long, waiting for lightning to strike. What are you, art?! videos? photos? diptychs? paintings? silkscreens? all of it? … I’m overwhelmed.

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ART: silk screens

I was a die-hard silk screener in art school. I started as a painter, but moved on to printmaking because I found more freedom within the constraints of the process. I found that thinking slowly in stages, one layer at a time, helped me to focus.

I was at a friend’s house recently and found myself lost in some other world, staring at this top print, Drifters, which was hanging on the wall. I did it 13 years ago and haven’t seen it in so long, so I was amazed by how cinematic it is and related to all of the photography and video that I’ve done since.