|The Cryptogram, 2010 woodcut 16"x 28"|
Since I am developing an image for a theme, I have to be creative in the way I can apply my techniques, maintain consistency in the portfolio, and comply with the requirements. I have several new punches that I am continuing to use, and I am working on linoleum as wood will not support the weight of a commercial steamroller when printed.
The SFCB Roadworks: Steamroller prints is exactly what it sounds like. A commercial steamroller is used as a press to print hundreds of artists work in the middle of the street. These prints are sold to benefit the SFCB. So just how do they do it? Well, here is a simple demo.....
|9 lino plates are inked at one time|
|The lino plates are arranged in the middle of the street on a wood bed, and mylar with predetermined spaces for both plates and paper|
|close up of: San Francisco|
|The artworks are covered with paper|
|Blankets are used, just like a normal printing press to protect the paper|
|Finally, they fire up the steamroller and drive right over|
|The artwork is revealed to the onlooking public,..oohs and aahs follow...|
|The prints are left to dry and sold.|
|Thousands of people attend each year to watch|
|Prints for Loteria on the top row, and other various artists works on the bottom|
My artwork has to conform to La Loteria, but I still have artistic license to work within my style. I have chosen “The Moon” as my title and the number 0(zero) to make use of the natural circle a punch makes. This way I can concede to the guidelines without destroying my artwork. I really like the idea that “The Moon” can be translated in many ways as the punches produce moon shapes, and the subject matter is a butt, otherwise know as a moon in slang terms.
While working on the linoleum, I am aware that this block will only be printed in one color, so the punches are used to the best of their ability to show a direct light source. I do this by overlapping patterns the punches make. This work is very loud, with the hammer striking the metal punch, and the work moves slow, as my ears begin to ring after an hours worth of work. After 3 days i have something to print.
|State 1: The Moon, 2010, 12"x12"|
|State 3 printed in dark blue: the finished image|
It is time to turn in the lino-plate so it can be editioned, and sold with the portfolio or as an individual piece at the SFCB.
Each year I look forward to participating in this event as an artist, that brings relief printmaking to the public right on street.