Yearly Archives: 2012

Cover Illustration for Penguin Books

I was excited to receive my copies of the recently published “The Book of Destruction” by Anand.

This is the first cover illustration I’ve done for Penguin Books and I’m very pleased with how it came out! The illustration is based on one of the stories in the book, The Tailor, in which elaborate outfits escape from a tailor’s shop and take over bodies, in a macabre, magical-realism sort of way.

"Book of Destruction" by Anand

The original illustration:

BOD Cover Illo

Art in Print Journal Review

The latest issue of Art in Print featured an article that kindly mentions my Struwwelpeter artist book.

Written by Courtney R. Thompson, the article covers the recent “Pulled, Pressed, Printed” exhibition at EXPO 72 Gallery. The show featured various Chicago artists and spaces, including Spudnik Press, where I completed the book during the artist residency.

Art in Print, 'Pulled Pressed Printed' ReviewArt in Print, Vol 2, No 2

Photos from residency exhibition

Many thanks to everyone who came out to the opening last Saturday! It was lovely to see so many great friends and meet new ones. I am so grateful for the lovely and warm reception.

The exhibition will run through September 1st, at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative in Lincoln Square.

Below are some of the prints on display.

Strange Mad Song, 2012
Strange Mad Song, screenprint and woodcut, 15″ x 22″

This is the finished woodcut series I’ve been working on. The cover and story are screen printed on the outside cover (click for larger view)

Man Is Not A Bird, full suite, 2012
‘Man Is Not A Bird’, print suite of ten woodcuts

Man Is Not A Bird, print suite front & back
‘Man Is Not A Bird’, front and back with silkscreened cover wrap, 11″ x 15″

In The Forest (MINAB Series), 2012
In The Forest, from ‘Man Is Not A Bird’, woodcut, 11″ x 15″

The Kill And The Departure (MINAB Series), 2012
The Kill And The Departure, from ‘Man Is Not A Bird’, woodcut, 11″ x 15″

Woodcuts continued…

I have been carving and printing away at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, getting ready for a solo exhibition in July… Here are some sneak peeks :)

block carving
block carving

ink station
ink station

print process
proofing block

here is process from a narrative print series I’ve been working on…
block forest process print

drying rack prints

American Folk Art Museum in New York

A few small gems from a quick New York trip…

One of my favorite places was the American Folk Art Museum. I was looking for something similar to Chicago’s Intuit , which is one of my all-time favorite museums. Turns out the Folk Art Museum has free admission. It also turns out not many people have heard of the place. It’s too bad because it’s got some really incredible gems. The exhibit, “Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined”, featured selections from the collection, everything from traditional crafts to more recognizable names.

AmericanFolkMuseum

I took photos of stuff I hadn’t encountered before:

ShirleyMcLaren

This painting particularly struck me for some strange reason. It is by Jamaican artist Sidney McLaren, who didn’t begin painting until much later in life. It reads: “Sidney McLaren – Artist at 84 yrs. old. Life is What One Makes it. No Two Men Alike.” (1979)

This one is titled “Roaring Lion, Guardian of the Temples” by Augustin Lesage (1938):
'Roaring Lion, Guardian of the Temples', Augustin Lesage, 1938

Lesage, a miner in France, started hearing voices while working underground, and began to paint under their direction. “My guides have told me: ‘Do not try to understand what you are doing.’ I draw the figures they make me draw. I pick the colors they make me pick and mix colors without knowing what I will end up with.”

Last one:
Strange Fruits

‘Strange Fruits’, by Ulysses Davis, made in the 1970’s in Savannah, Georgia. It doesn’t translate well in the photo, the actual sculpture is very beautiful and fantastical in real life. It was made at the height of the civil rights movement. The title comes from a 1937 poem by Abel Meeropol – later transformed into a protest song and sung by Billie Holiday:



The next day I ended up at the Rubin Museum and walked around. There was a really great exhibit of Illuminated Books, such as this beautiful Gospels Book from 16th century Armenia, with earrings and metalwork tacked onto it:
ArmenianBook

There was so much more and I wish I could devote a whole day to writing about it all. I also visited Printed Matter, which was a real treat.

‘GRAPHIC CANON’ Book Launch: May 23rd @ The Rubin Museum

graphic canon vol 1
Next week, I will be on a panel with some incredibly talented folks for the launch of “Graphic Canon: Volume 1”, to which I contributed my adaptation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The event is being held on Wednesday, May 23rd at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York. I’m very excited for the release of this incredible 3-volume anthology.

Below is information on the event. I should also mention that back in April, I contributed a piece to ‘The Wheel of Life’ project, as part of the exhibition “Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics” at The Rubin Museum. Come earlier and you can see the completed Wheel, the full comics exhibit, and stay for the book launch and signing!
Wednesday, May 23rd at 7 pm
Price: $12 (members $10.80)
150 W. 17 St., The Rubin Museum of Art

5pm-7pm: Himalayan Happy Hour in the café
6:00pm: Pre-program book signing with Graphic Canon contributors
6:15pm: Pre-program tour of the comics exhibition Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics
7:00pm: Book Launch in the theater
8:30pm: Book signing with artists and editor.
Come early for Himalayan Happy Hour and join Graphic Canon contributors Peter Kuper, Valerie Schrag, Shawn Cheng, Fred van Lent, Rebecca Migdal, Sandy Jimenez, and Brendan Leach for a pre-program book signing in the café followed by a presentation and discussion of The Graphic Canon in the theater with artists Molly Crabapple, Sanya Glisic and Gareth Hinds and editor Russ Kick.

Ticket includes pre-program tour of the comics exhibition Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics and a book signing with the editor and artists after the program.

Artists Molly Crabapple, Sanya Glisic and Gareth Hinds join Editor Russ Kick for the launch of The Graphic Canon, a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy that brings classic literatures of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators. Called the “graphic publishing literary event of the year” (Publishers Weekly) Volume 1: From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons takes us on a visual tour from the earliest literature through the end of the 1700s. It features, The Tibetan Book of the Dead reimagined by Sanya Glisic, Molly Crabapple’s version of Dangerous Liaisons, Gareth Hinds’ watercolor telling of The Odyssey, as well as Hamlet, The Divine Comedy, The Arabian Nights, Tale of Genji, The Canterbury Tales, The Tao te Ching, Gulliver’s Travels, Don Quixote, Candide, an Incan play, a Native American folktale, works by renowned artists Will Eisner and Robert Crumb and much, much more.

Edited by Russ Kick, The Graphic Canon is an extraordinary collection that will continue with Volume 2: Kubla Khan to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray (August 2012), and Volume 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest (October 2012). The entire trilogy features over 189 works of literature visualized by more than 130 illustrators and artists. Most of the works are specially commissioned for this book; some rarely seen before.
MORE INFORMATION ON EVERYTHING:

www.graphiccanon.com
www.sevenstories.com

Residency printing

A quick update on my artist residency at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

I wanted to a series of relief woodcuts based around a story I wrote some time ago. When I finish, there will be ten woodcut prints and a story page. Overall, it has been a slow, learning process, but it is exciting to see it start coming together.

woodcut no.4, print
detail of printed page, The Physician

woodcut no.4, process
block detail

drying prints
prints drying