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Applied Arts: Monoprint Workshop November 1, 2010

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Monoprint Workshop

On Saturday we had an Applied Arts workshop on Monoprinting, taught by printmaker Myles Dunigan. Monoprinting is one of the simplest methods of printmaking, which as Myles explained offers instant gratification in a way that other techniques of printmaking do not. Known as the “painterly print”, monotype offers an incredible range of different approaches which can be gestural and painterly.

Monoprint Workshop

Myles introduced various approaches to monotype, starting with working additively and reductively on the plate. To work additively, printmaking ink can be mixed with burnt plate oil in order for the paint to flow more smoothly on the plate. To work reductively, an even layer of black ink is applied to the surface of the plate with a breyer. Areas of white are achieved by removing the ink with a cotton rag, a brush, or a Q-tip.

Monoprint Workshop

Monoprint Workshop

Monoprint Workshop

Another technique Myles demonstrated was the trace monotype, a technique where the sheet of paper is laid on top of a fully inked plate. By drawing directly on the paper, this allows for the ink to transfer directly from the plate onto the piece of paper. You can view all images from this workshop on Flickr.

Monoprint Workshop

Monoprint Workshop

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Applied Arts: Monoprint Workshop November 8, 2009

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This afternoon we hosted “Monoprint Marathon“, part of the Applied Arts Program here at Wellesley College. The program offers a series of free workshops for the Wellesley community throughout the year. I teach courses in Drawing and Two-Dimensional Design in the Art Department, but I’m also a printmaker,  so it was great to have this opportunity to share my skills in printmaking here at Wellesley.

We had an excellent turnout for this workshop, 16 participants total. Monoprinting is an excellent technique for a one time workshop, compared to other printmaking techniques it requires no prior printmaking experience and achieves fast results. Known as the “painterly print”, monoprints occupy an odd place in printmaking: the essential definition of a print the ability to produce multiples, and yet monoprinting is a technique which by inherent nature is only capable of producing one unique print.

Applied Arts Monoprint Workshop

Preparing the plexiglass plates to work on.  Participants could choose to work additively with a brush, reductively by inking up their entire plate and removing the ink with a rag, or a combination of the two.  The tools in monoprinting are essentially whatever you can get your hands on to move the ink across the surface of the plate: a brush, a rag, an ink knife, your fingers, etc.

Applied Arts Monoprint Workshop

Painting directly onto the plexiglass plate.

Applied Arts Monoprint Workshop

Running the plexiglass plate through the printmaking press.

Applied Arts Monoprint Workshop

Pulling the print off of the plexiglass plate after being run through the printmaking press. The wonderful thing about monoprints (and prints in general) is the unpredictable nature of the final result.  While the press allows the tiniest details to be transferred onto the paper, the end result is always somewhat of a surprise.

Applied Arts Workshops October 10, 2009

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In addition to teaching Design and Drawing in the Art Department and being the Gallery Director, I’m also the Program Coordinator for the Applied Arts Program, which sponsors a series of non-credit workshops throughout the year.  The topic of each workshop varies, but often addresses studio topics outside of the Art Department’s curriculum.  In the past, we’ve hosted workshops in papermaking, bookbinding, calligraphy, woodworking, and others.

Workshops are free and open to all members of the Wellesley College community and do not require any previous experience. Registration is required to participate in a workshop. Materials are provided for all workshop participants. To register, email me at clieu@wellesley.edu.

The first workshop of the year will be “Photographing 2-D Artwork” on Sat., Oct. 17, 1:00-4:00pm in the Jewett Arts Center, Rm 463.  This workshop will demonstrate how to shoot and edit digital images of 2-D artwork.  An essential skill for any studio artist, these images are important for graduate school applications as well as ongoing documentation of one’s artwork. Photographer Valerie Wolf will demonstrate lighting and shooting techniques followed by digital touch-up techniques in the Media Lab. If available, please bring your own digital camera and 1-2 pieces of artwork to practice photographing.

Other upcoming workshops include a Papermaking Workshop on Oct. 24, and a Monoprint Workshop on Nov. 7. Get more details on these workshops here.

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Pacific Pictures: Gallery Talk & Opening October 9, 2009

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We hosted two events for “Pacific Pictures: Student Work from the Carleton College Seminar in the South Pacific“ today: a lunchtime gallery talk and an opening reception in the late afternoon.  Fred Hagstrom, Professor of Art at Carleton College led the gallery talk where he discussed the experience of this studio art seminar in New Zealand and Australia from 1996-2007. He talked about the intensity of the seminar: eating three meals a day with the 26 students for 10 consecutive weeks. They took many excursions which brought them to many parks and parts of the country that were far distances from cities.  A major part of the seminar was also working in rented printshops for the duration of the trip, but the heart of the seminar seemed to be deeply rooted in the process of keeping a sketchbook.

Gallery Talk by Fred Hagstrom

In the afternoon, we had an opening reception where many Carleton alumni gathered in addition to people from the Wellesley College Community.

Pacific Pictures: Opening Reception

Pacific Pictures: Installation October 6, 2009

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This morning we deinstalled “Pulp: Works on Paper by the Studio Art Faculty” and worked the entire day to install “Pacific Pictures: Student Work from the Carleton College Seminar in the South Pacific“.  Fred Hagstrom, Professor of Art at Carleton College led this seminar in New Zealand and Australia from 1996-2007. This exhibition is unique in that it’s neither a Wellesley College student exhibition or a professional exhibition, which is typically the two types of exhibitions we show at the Jewett Art Gallery.  Rather, this exhibition comprises of student work from another liberal arts college, providing unique insight on another college’s studio art program.

Installing Pacific Pictures

The exhibition is composed of student prints and student sketchbooks.  It’s wonderful to see the incredible range of prints, of varying subject matter using multiple techniques in printmaking.

Pacific Pictures: Installation Views

Sketchbooks offer an intimate look at one artist’s creative process.  At the same time, these sketchbooks will allow the gallery visitor to see inside the artist’s work and progress.  You have a rare opportunity to see the process that leads a student to their finished work. I’ve found in my own experience that it’s getting the chance to see the mistakes and the stumbles that is sometimes the most interesting; it’s the part of the process that is usually hidden from view since the finished product is what is usually emphasized.

Pacific Pictures: Sketchbooks

Pulp: Gallery Talk September 24, 2009

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This afternoon the gallery hosted a lunchtime gallery talk for “Pulp: Works on Paper by the Studio Art Faculty“. Wellesley College Book Arts Program Director Katherine McCanless Ruffin, and Professors Daniela Rivera and Christine Rogers presented short talks on their works in the exhibition.

Pulp: Gallery Talk

Katherine McCanless Ruffin discusses her letterpress prints. The two prints on the right are images of the a vandercook press, created from letter forms and punctuation. The print on the left was a collaborative piece which was recently completed with Kiki Smith through the Davis Museum.

Pulp: Gallery Talk

Christine Rogers discusses her photography project “New Family”.

Pulp: Gallery Talk

Daniela Rivera discusses her silverpoint drawing.

350/Studio Majors Exhibition Installation May 14, 2009

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This morning several students worked to install their work for an exhibition in the corridors of the Jewett Art Center, adjacent to the Jewett Art Gallery. The students included in this exhibition are seniors doing 350 level work and studio art majors.  There is a wide range of works in the show both in terms of subject matter and media, including oil paintings, prints, sculpture, video, and animation.

Tomorrow is the opening reception for this exhibition as well as “Again and Again: Senior Thesis exhibition“, our last event in the gallery for this year.

350/Studio Majors Exhibition

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Ruhlman Conference Presentations May 4, 2009

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Last week Wellesley College hosted the Ruhlman Conference, an opportunity to celebrate student achievement on campus all day.  We had two conference presentations installed in the gallery, one by senior Courtney Richter and the other by senior Brittany Sundgren. Below you can view images of their work and read about their conference presentations.

Art, Feminism, and the Home: Domesticity Reexamined
Brittany Sundgren ’09, Studio Art Major
advisor: Phyllis McGibbon, Art Department

Brittany Sundgren, '09 Brittany Sundgren, '09

My independent studies in printmaking this year have explored issues of feminist art. Throughout the year, I have been considering the concept of home and belonging by viewing objects through a feminist lens. I wanted to explore and present these ideas using different visual formats, including handmade books, prints, sewing, and performance. Along the way, I have become particularly interested in traditionally feminine objects associated with the home: aprons, spools, teapots, and the like. Currently, we are seeing a kind of new domesticity, or reclaiming of domesticity emerge; motifs and styles reminiscent of those used in the 1950s and ’60s are popular once again. This, in conjunction with my studies, has led me to create a dollhouse that reconsiders the ideas of feminine objects and their place.

Brittany Sundgren, '09


Memories Retold

Courtney Richter ’09, Studio Art and Art History Major
advisor: Phyllis McGibbon & Daniela Rivera, Art Department

Courtney Richter, '09 Courtney Richter, '09

I began my thesis year thinking about objects and images that evoke strong sensory and emotional experiences from my childhood. A typewriter, a tufted living room chair, a canoe, a trumpet and a multitude of other seemingly unconnected objects form my “image lexicon.” Experimenting with different image combinations, I attempted to reinvent pieces of my childhood. The effort to grasp these memories, however, is in vain, for my recollections are tainted by the passage of time, dominated by a particular feeling, or revised by subsequent experiences. Using collage processes in print, drawing, and other media, I am able to add, delete, shift, and revise imagery, mimicking the fragmented nature of memories.

Courtney Richter, '09

Senior Thesis Exhibition Preview April 13, 2009

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This week I’m working with the three senior thesis students on formulating and finalizing detailed installation plans and publicity materials for “Again & Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition“. My own philosophy about installing art work is that the hardware and means of installation should appear to be invisible, so that the work can really be highlighted and seen with clarity.

The exhibition will feature a diverse range of various art media:  sculpture, computer generated imagery, installation, video, and printmaking. Below is a preview of some of the works that will be in the exhibition:

Courtney Richter:
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Ran Tao:
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Kendra Terry:
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Removing Dual Action/Installing Patrick Earl Hammie March 31, 2009

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We had a packed day in the gallery today which resulted in a dramatic transformation of the gallery space.  It’s always amazing to me how much a space can re-invent itself depending on the nature of the work inhabiting the gallery. In the morning we quickly took down “Dual Action: New England Print Faculty Invitational” in anticipation of installing “Patrick Earl Hammie: Equivalent Exchange” in the afternoon. I like the contrast between these two exhibitions; “Dual Action” was a large group show of 42 artists which exhibited an enormous range of diversity in terms of both media, scale, and subject matter while “Equivalent Exchange” shows the work of one artist working in a focused series of figurative oil paintings depicting the male nude.

Dual Action

“Dual Action” is removed from the gallery early this morning.

Patrick and I started planning for this exhibition many months ago, and all of our preliminary work and preparation made for an very smooth installation throughout the day. All of his paintings are large scale oil paintings, measuring 8′ x 6′.  He has a specific sequence for the paintings which move from left to right in the gallery. We discussed the spacing of the paintings at great length and spent some time in the later part of the morning talking about various options for hanging the work. With the help of Patrick and several dedicated work study students throughout the day, we went through all of the various tasks of the exhibition. The large scale of the paintings makes for a densely filled gallery space, which I think works perfectly with the nature and presence of his paintings. This Thursday, April 2, Patrick will be giving a gallery talk from 12:30-1:30pm with the opening reception later that same day from 4:45-6pm.

Images showing the process of installing the exhibition:

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The completed installation of “Patrick Earl Hammie: Equivalent Exchange

Patrick Hammie: Equivalent Exchange

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