BIG INK director Lyell Castonguay was recently invited to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for a presentation about his work as a creative entrepreneur. The students in Lynn Peterfreund’s print class asked great questions. We hope the opportunity to work together comes around again!
John Cage 10 Stones 2 1989 Spitbite
Aquatint and sugarlift 22.75 x 18.13 inches
At the heart of the work he produced at Crown Point is a series of prints and drawings inspired by the Ryoanji garden in Kyoto, Japan’s most celebrated Zen garden, composed of 15 stones arranged in five mossy islands against a ground of raked gravel. Cage’s prints and drawings, begun in 1983, required him to draw (first with a metal drypoint tool, later in pencil) around the perimeters of 15 stones whose positions on the etching plate or paper were determined by chance. In homage to the restricted space of the Japanese garden, and once more demonstrating his love of delimitation, Cage did not allow any of the stones to cross the edge of the plate, so that the resulting prints look chaotic and serene at the same time, the artist’s line orbiting unpredictably within the rules. The drawings are more tentative and fragile, the pencilled ghosts of the stones sometimes barely insisting on the paper. Later (seen here), Cage extended his practice of drawing around stones at another print workshop at Mountain Lake, Virginia. Here, he painted in watercolour around larger stones taken from a river bed, using feathers for brushes and again producing unpredictable ellipses within a highly structured situation- turned into further aquatint prints at Crown Point.
This video highlights nine artists creating giant woodblock prints at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center last weekend. We selected creatives from throughout the Mid-Atlantic to work together inking and printing on BIG INK’s mobile 4’ x 8’ etching press, “The Big Tuna”.
Little is known about this rare find, rescued from the trash
bin at the Athens Book Center in Ohio. After falling in love with the marbled
cover and discovering the beautifully illustrated fold out diagrams, I knew
this copy of The Art of Gardening would be one of the jewels of the rare books
collection at The Enchanted Home.
Printed in 1718 and a piece of Ohio State University’s first library,
this book is a magical piece of history.
Intaglio ink relief print of a cassette tape…. the texture of music. I ripped open a cassette, and wanted to capture the texture of another “obsolete” musical device. A reminder that this is what we used to listen to music at one point in time.
i intaglio wiped the parts of the cassette tape, ran it through the press, and this is the beautiful detail and texture i got, simply from the inside of a device we used to use to play music, an obsolete technology that held sound in rolls of tape.
This is part of a series of prints i did, where i took musical devices, dismantled or dissected them, and pulled print images from them.
“Cassette Tape.” from The Texture of Music Series. Intaglio relief print on Rives BFK Paper. 2015.
Watch Edgar Degas’s printmaking process in action. In this video, MoMA curator Jodi Hauptman and conservator Karl Buchberg explore Degas’s monotype process with printmakers Andrew Mockler and Jennifer Marshall of Jungle Press Editions.
A Strange New Beauty, featuring approximately 120 monotypes along with some 60 paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks, and prints, opens Saturday.