Saturday, December 11, 2010

North Dakota Holiday Caricatures

The last few days I spent driving around North Dakota to Fargo, Minot and Grand Forks for some holiday parties for Greenberg Roofing. After (accidentally) driving into a ditch and through the biggest blizzard Minneapolis has seen in 20 years, I've made it home safe! Here are some of my favorites from the two nights.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Theme Park Maps with Employee Areas

These are old, but I've never posted them. In the beginning of last year I began this series of theme park map paintings in gouche. They are essentially the same map you'd get upon entering the park as a guest, but here I've added the employee areas (in highlighter yellow) that you don't typically see. These are both parks I've worked at. I started a third, but never finished...

Six Flags Great America with Employee Area, Gurnee, IL

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom with Employee Area, Allentown, PA

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Caricatures at Flashbelt


This was an event I did in the beginning of the summer in conjunction with Minneapolis Art on Wheels (this post is long overdue). I drew live caricatures at the West Bank Social Center for the annual Flashbelt conference hosted here in Minneapolis. As I drew attendees, my friend/roommate/MAW guru, Andrea Steudel, took quick videos of the drawings and projected them onto a background of a cityscape rooftop that I had drawn earlier. She gave each caricature a motion/gesture dependent on what people were doing in their drawings. This one was lots of fun!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Let the Machines do all the Work!

For the MAPC conference, Mark Knierem and myself teamed up to do a demonstration on using both the LaserCutter and CNC Router to create a variety of print matrices. One of the conference goers, Mirka Hokkanen, took a video of my router lecture!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Artemio Rodriguez Print

The MAPC conference has begun and is in full swing! Artemio Rodriguez arrived on Weds. and immediately began hand carving on the routed block, just for some added details. Later that night, he began proofing and printing the image. He also brought along with him the original cut, which was a small piece of linoleum, about 7" x 12". When I saw the original sized print(below), I was so surprised at how small it was- that is what I blew up to the full 6' x 4' sheet!

And here is an image of one of the many full scale proofs of the block I routed. It came out so great!

And the man himself, Artemio, talking about his prints to interested conference-goers in the papermaking studio (do those locker's look familiar and a little less colorful?)

Last night, my friend/roommate Sandesh and I went on the Fall Art Tour bus, and ended up at Macalester college, where Artemio had a large solo show. And guess which print was I am, posing with the print of the routed woodblock! All that time certainly paid off.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

MAPC Preparations

Next week, October 13th thru 17th, the Department of Art here at the University of Minnesota is hosting the biennial Mid-America Print Council Conference. This year's theme is New World, Old World. I feel so fortunate to be a major part of this event. I am the Theme Portfolio Coordinator- organizing, jurying (along with a few others) and curating 22 themed print exchange folios that will be on display in Regis West for the duration of the conference. I even participated in one of the exchanges, The End of Old Times, put together by my friends and colleagues Ben Brockman and Sandesh Nicol. My print, Snack Attack, is a four layer silkscreen, using only drawing fluid and screen filler, which depicts a hungry robot accidentally destroying the city.

I've also been preparing for my demonstration, Let the Machines Do All the Work!, where I will be showing how to use the Laser Cutter and CNC Router to make a variety of print matrices. Here I used the Laser Cutter to raster both linoleum and wood blocks of Michael Sommer's comic book that I edited for him this past summer, which I then inked and printed relief style.

My third major endeavor has been to route a woodcut (out of MDF) by Mexican artist Artemio Rodriguez. My first steps involved sample test cuts of cropped areas of his image.

After testing files, bits and overlap settings, I was finally ready to move on to the big one- a 4'x 6' sheet of MDF. To capture all the details of Artemio's print, I had to set the router on a 95% overlap between each pass. Therefore, this block, started Sunday at noon and still routing as this very moment, is a 60+ hour cut! Needless to say, the biggest job the UofM's router has done to date. It's been quite a few sleepless nights, watching the bit go back and forth, making sure everything is okay. But, once done and printed, I have a feeling this job will be very rewarding! I will post more pictures when it is printed at the conference next week.

If you want to know how all of this is done, check out my demo next Thursday, from 2:30-4 in the LaserCutter room at the Regis Center for Art!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tree in Progress

Thanks to the teachings of my good friend Yousif DelValle, I now know how to weld! I've been MIG welding the understructure for my giant tree, and have begun to line the outside with diamond lat mesh, in preparation for some cement sculpting. The tree top with animatronics housed inside is currently in progress-more pics to come soon.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Finished Models

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Finally, Some Recent Studio Pics!

I've been routing away and sculpting some scaled models of my thesis show ideas, then bringing them up to prime and paint. These images are of the various on-goings in my studio.