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.
The original illustration:
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.
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, 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’, print suite of ten woodcuts
‘Man Is Not A Bird’, front and back with silkscreened cover wrap, 11″ x 15″
In The Forest, from ‘Man Is Not A Bird’, woodcut, 11″ x 15″
The Kill And The Departure, from ‘Man Is Not A Bird’, woodcut, 11″ x 15″
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.
detail of printed page, The Physician
More of the woodcuts I’ve been making…
Some of these are currently up at the relief printmaking exhibit at Morpho Gallery – check it out if you have a chance :)
Galactic Drifter, two-color reduction woodcut
Wrap-around cover illustration for Koshka, an upcoming magazine published by my friend Kaitlin Kostus, focusing on art and culture of the former Eastern Bloc.
‘koshka’ = Russian for cat
2-color cover to be offset printed
original ink drawing
Trunk Show, 2010
10″ x 10″, screenprint, edition of 275
My piece for TEN x TEN, a new collaborative initiative developed by Spudnik Press and Homeroom Chicago
TEN x TEN develops the creative relationship between bands and printmakers beyond show posters. Visual artists invited a musician or band to join the project by recording an original song. Artists then created a 10 in x 10 in print inspired by the song they commissioned. The final collection features a suite of ten art prints and a ten song compilation of all new tracks.
For this project, I teamed up with the very talented Max Alexander (check out his site for more info and streaming). This image was inspired by a new track titled ‘Trunk Show’.
TEN x TEN visual artists:
Dee Clements, Kathleen Judge, Angee Lennard, Onsmith, Colin Palombi, Joey Potts, Grant Reynolds, Tom Smith, Sanya Glisic, Sonnenzimmer
Locks, The Late Model Races, Strictly Jug Nuts, Sky Event, Netherfriends, Nones, Christine Kick, Blasted Diplomats, Max Alexander, Jason Adasiewicz
All the prints and additional works by each artist are on display at LivingRoom Gallery (1530 West Superior Street, Chicago), through February 19th.
Come check out my finished Struwwelpeter project at Quimby’s in February!
The event will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, Feb 10th at Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W North Ave, Chicago)
Visit Quimby’s website for more info
Quimby’s is one of my favorite places in Chicago. I’ve spent countless hours perusing their comics and wonderful, strange books. I am truly thankful to take part in this event and hope to see you there!
Working on the poster art and printing for the upcoming moe. New Year’s Eve performance. This also marks their 20th Anniversary show, at the House of Blues in Boston, MA.
Finished the first color for over 200 posters last night…