new work | noumenon + phenomenon

new work | noumenon + phenomenon
new work | noumenon + phenomenon

Thursday, May 21, 2015

exhibitng in
LOOK AGAIN: ACM Collection Inspires The Boston Printmakers
 exhibition dates | May 17 - September 6, 2015
opening reception | Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 1:30 - 3:30pm 

Duxbury, MA
The Art Complex Museum houses the impressive collection of the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser family, particularly European and American prints, Shaker furniture, American paintings and Asian art.

The artist, Ture Bengtz, founder of the Boston Printmakers and friend of the family, created the original design for the building under Weyerhaeuser’s direction.

Members of The Boston Printmakers, myself included, are working exclusively with The Art Complex Museum(ACM) on the regenerative exhibition, LOOK AGAIN: ACM Collection inspires The Boston Printmakers, that includes prints from Hiroshige, Hopper, Whistler, Rembrandt, Dürer, Tiepolo, Leighton, Kollwitz and our founder, Türe Bengtz

For this collaborative exhibition, ACM’s contemporary curator, Craig Bloodgood, and collections manager, Maureen Wengler, selected 42 works from their collection for response pieces to be created by members of The Boston Printmakers. 

I chose Kenneth Kerslake’s, A Sense of Place, a photo etching and aquatint that he created in 1977. Below is an exhibition photo from The Art Complex Museum | May 17, 2015
Kenneth Kerslake, print on left | my print, on right

Statements from Kerslake that greatly inspired and influenced the process for creating my print, MY FOUNDATION IS SET IN STONE:

“Printmakers do what all artists do: create images that reflect their world, project their values and interest in the human condition, and imaginatively explore their visions.”

“In printmaking, the materials promote “process” or the development of a thought or feeling as it is challenged by the materials itself.”

“The prime responsibility of the artist is to transform the ordinary, to endow it with the emotion and visual content – to create an image capable of touching other minds and hearts.”

The Process 
I discovered that the The Brooklyn Museum has an artist proof of Kerslake's print, A Sense of Place (shown below), in their print collection. In October 2013 I arranged a viewing appointment with Alison Karasyk, Curatorial Assistant in American And Decorative Arts, and was brought into the museum's Print Study Center to see the actual print.

Alison Karasyk, Curatorial Assistant in American And Decorative Arts in the museum's Print Study Center, removing the print's protective glassine sheet
Inspiration photo of DUMBO/York Street for drypoint etching that is chine collé'd to the center of, My Foundation is Set In Stone.
Detail of carving bridge for the DUMBO plate using the scribe, a tradional etching tool.
All printing plates are created and printed in reverse.
Finished print.
The Japanese dye, Kakishibu, is brushed onto 42"h x 30"w sheets of 300 grams BFK Rives for the embossed border print. The dye becomes darker when exposed to the hot sun. Dried plants are laid on top of the paper to block the sun, creating subtile patterns on the paper.
 Analine dyes are then poured onto the paper and the excess is rinsed off with water.
The finished sheet after being dried and ready to be printed with the embossing plate.
 Inked embossing plate set up on the press.
 Additional artist proofs of print(s):

Monday, March 23, 2015

Arts Day
PS 261 Elementary School
Brooklyn, New York 
Friday, March 20, 2015

perfect binding

This year marks the fourth year running that I have been teaching Catherine Pacilio's 5th grade class during the school's annual Arts Day festival. Ms Pacilio's class wanted to create memorialbilia art journals that would illustrate their experience over the years while attending PS261. Weeks before the workshop, students began collecting content to fill their journals. My workshop focused on the book binding contruction, perfect binding.

Each student was so focused, so creative and such committed artistic soldiers. Here's some of my favorite shots from the workshop. 

Friday, March 13, 2015


29 Artist + over 100 works will be exhibited at  
April 2015

All artist were featured in Seth's books, The Pulse of Mixed Media and  

| My work exhibited in THE PUSLE PROJECT |

Thursday, February 12, 2015

TODAY | Creative in Seth Apter's 
online project

February 1992 | Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
When I bought my house in 1992, it had been boarded up and vacant for over 10 years. 
The front door was an 8' x 4' plywood board with a large chain lock on it.
All the original 24 windows had been removed and plywood put in their place.  
There was no electricity or water.
All the brass water pipes had been stolen.
There was a huge hole in the roof allowing the rain and snow to flow freely into the empty 4th floor bedrooms.  
Most of the original late Victorian details had been removed by vandals while the house stood vacant.
The plaster had fallen off the walls and lay in huge piles on the floor. 
Friends have called it the Addams Family house, but my home represents the opportunity to express my true love, color.

Today | February 2015

Artists in order of appearance:
Richard Thomas
Martine Arranz
Ian Trask

Monday, February 9, 2015

InLiquid's major annual fundraiser that supports and promotes visual artists while serving as a comprehensive hub and catalyst for the Philadelphia region’s arts community.

February 6 -7, 2015
Crane Arts Building

Raining All Day | SOLD 
Items are still available | HERE

Main Event | Saturday Evening | February 7, 2015
Illustrator, Denise Fike
 Art Historian, Anne Leith
Honorary Chair for the Benefit, James Dupree 
  Prints, Shepherd Farley
Ice Sculpture, Roger Wing

Thursday, February 5, 2015

noumenon + phenomenon
artist proof | new work

drypoint etchings | collograph plates | aniline dyes

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

dreaming of Tobay Beach

satisfaction is a quality of Soul