PUSH Print, 30+ Artists Explore the Boundaries of Printmaking.
Published September, 2012 by Lark Crafts.
Last year we had the pleasure of working on a book project with Lark, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, and are happy to say it is now out! PUSH Print discovers the passion of 30+ contemporary print artists pushing the limits with their innovative work. Letterpress, screenprinting, xylography, lithography, and etching, as well as multimedia and digital approaches to print are included in this dirverse survey complied by us, Jamie and Keith Berger, the Cranky Brothers. It is a visual feast that will pique your curiosity and spark your imagination by illustrating the scope and power of printmaking art today.
Carry on after the break for more images of the book and a chance to win a copy!
Here's the page with our ugly mugs. Please don't let this put you off from buying the book. And even though you may prefer looking at pictures, below is the rather riveting introduction we wrote:
Welcome to PUSH Print, the 3rd edition in an exciting gallery series exploring contemporary artists who "push" the boundaries of traditional craft mediums. Printmaking has a long and varied history in commerce, technology, communication and art with practitioners often deliberately moving and mixing from one application of the craft to another. This rich diversity of message, intent, design and technique continues today as shown in this book.
30 artists, including several collaborative creative teams, are featured in these pages. And even though a book is an ideal place to showcase printmaking art, the work goes well beyond ink on paper. All of the traditional forms are covered including wood and linoleum cuts, etching, screenprinting, lithography and letterpress. However, digital technology is often also incorporated in either the initial preparation of images or the final printing and rather than being flat finished pieces, much of the work is executed as sculpture, installations or digital photography. When you think about it, what is print really? These artists will show you that often it’s not what you’d expect.
As a designer and art director working with my brother who is an old-time pressman, we both looked at this art through very different bespectacled eyes. I tend to focus on concepts and abstract qualities. Keith appreciates process and technique. What truly amazed us is how these printmakers so masterfully blend all these elements and then some.
Doing printmaking art is not for wimps. Even the most delicate image requires much skill and labor using any combination of sharp tools, acid etched metal or stone and antique iron presses that resemble medieval torture devices. Somehow these artists magically bring together true creative vision with real blood, sweat and tears. It involves a lot of hard work but you get the feeling that is how they like it.
Prints have been a central part of art history for centuries, but for a time the computer and other flashy modern mediums stole some of the creative spotlight. Fortunately though, the craft has always been kept alive in hidden backroom studios at art schools and colleges throughout the world. This is exactly where it needed to be and where recently the younger artists in PUSH Print first became hooked and many of the more established printmakers now teach and work themselves. They are a hearty bunch and thriving community. You’ll see and feel in the inspiring work being produced today, print will live forever.
The book includes both fine and commercial artists and many who cross between the two as does Roman Klonek, who is shown above.
The three fellows at Delicious Design League count among the + with their Chicago studio's great work.
Social commentary figures into many of the printmaker's work including the monumental woodcut prints by Tom Huck.
We will do separate posts on some of the others in the book soon. The list includes Michael Krueger, Valerie Wallace, Conrad Botes, Sandow Birk, Studio On Fire, Dusty Herbig, The Little Friends of Printmaking, Brian Anderson, Jason Urban, Dirk Fowler, Jenny Schmid, Giulia Zaniol, Tugboat Printshop and more.
~ Win a copy of Push Print ~
We have a few of the books to give away. Tell us what makes you most passionate about print in a comment below. We will choose our 3 favorites and send each winner a signed copy of the book. Please keep the comment to one short paragraph. You don't have to be a printmaker, just need to proclaim your love of ink on paper.
Deadline for posting is 11:00 PM, Sunday October 7, 2012. Winners will be annoounced on Monday Oct. 8th. Cranky judge's results are final.