Each University in the Nashville area is working hard to bring in one or more visiting artists to their university to work with their students, give public lectures, and be involved in live printing events!
Here's who we've got lined up so far:
Midwest Pressed: Tim Dooley & Aaron Wilson
In 2011 Midwest Pressed metastasized from a hip collaborative art moniker to a bona fide limited-liability partnership with an actual physical address and a new air of legitimacy. The currents we have been navigating recently deal with making the transition from academic fine art viability to the production of unique screen printed products made available through Al Gore's 'internet'. Worn Out, like much of our collective creative output, walks the line between the museum and the street with a pop art dialogue that does not bother to draw a distinction between high and low culture.
The owners and operators of Midwest Pressed, Aaron Wilson and Tim Dooley, teach printmaking and foundations at the University of Northern Iowa. Their artwork is primarily known for using printmaking media in an experimental fashion that includes sculptural applications and installations. Apart from their individual works, they have collaborated on an extensive body of artwork that has been shown widely around the United States. The pair have also been visiting artists at many institutions around the nation where they have given workshops and lectures pertaining to their work and contemporary printmaking. Their work is featured in a number of recent publications on printmaking such as The Complete Engraver, Princeton Architectural Press, 2012, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes, Prentice Hall, 2009, and A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking, Ladymuse, 2012.
Image: LP Record Cover Screen Print Remix #241, Screen printed unique impression on an upcycled LP record sleeve.
Laura Berman creates images that describe multiplictity, collections and sequences. The things she collects and lives with inspire her, and there is a focus on color, pattern and layers of imagery in her work.
She has created site-specific exhibitions and exhibited her print work at numerous galleries and museums around the country and internationally. In addition, she has been a visiting artist and has worked as an artist-in-residence at a numerous institutions throughout the USA and in Europe. She is currently an Associate Professor of Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught since 2002. She received her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her MFA from Tulane University.
Her work has been featured in The Book of Probes by David Carson / Marshall McLuhan, Printmaking at the Edge by Richard Noyce, and A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking, by Ehlers, Ehlbeck and Muise. Berman's work is represented by Círculo del Arte in Barcelona, Spain, Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Pele Prints in St. Louis.
Laura's work will be displayed at Gallery 121 at Belmont University during the Print Revival. You can learn more about her work at http://laurabermanprojects.com/
Image: Lost Stars 5, 2012. Inkjet print on vinyl, 48in x 48in.
Brandon Sanderson and Matt Hopson-Walker
Brandon Sanderson is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. He received his MFA from the University of South Dakota. His work is a tapestry of human, mechanical, and landscape elements. It is a collection of symbols indicative of an underlying psychological struggle. Nevertheless, it is not necessary for the viewer to understand this investigation. There is a deliberately established sense of mystery and ambiguity.
He wants the viewer to become involved with the atmosphere, characters, and narratives of the work to such a degree that they invent their own interpretation. Printmaking forms the largest due to its proximity to drawing. Having a background in computer programming, He enjoys the technical processes involved in creating a print. He utilizes effects only afforded by the limestone, plate, and block -- these are vital to the character of the imagery. Thus technique and content work symbiotically within his creative process.
Images: Denizens 6 -- The Centenarian and Denizens 7 - The Companion, Intaglio.
Matt Hopson-Walker is an Instructor at CSU Fresno, College of the Sequoias. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Hopson-Walker's art is inspired by the complexities of adulthood as filtered through the moralizing and exaggerated emotions of childhood entertainment: video games, the Three Stooges, heavy metal, and comic books like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These works of fiction use over-the-top or exaggerated emotion to belabor a point.
Beyond reinforcing a narrative, the action in these stories reflects negative emotions that are often sublimated in social situations where maintaining harmony is prized over honest expression. He is very interested in the consequences of having conflicting thoughts or engaging in behavior that contradicts personal, social, or moral responsibility. When those animal motives that are said to lurk beneath human ones run rampant as selfish disregard, wonton laziness, and willful ignorance.
Image: Well Wishes Razed From the Sky, 2009. Screen print, 15in x 20in.
Sanderson and Hopson-Walker will be visiting artists at Middlee Tennessee State University.
Mike Martino: Blue Fig Editions
Okay, so Mike Martino isn't a "Visiting Artist" exactly--he's a local artist working in the Nashville area! But he WILL be putting on a great demonstration during the Nashville Print Revival. See his event listed on Saturday on our SCHEDULE page for more details!
Mike Martino will demonstrate the unique screen printing process of doing a mono-type in an open screen. This screen printing technique allows a the artist to create very painterly image in a way to apply many colors to the screen and even blend inks on the screen. This mono-print can be used completed print or as an under print for another printing technique such as screen print, etching, litho or relief print. This mono-print technique is reproducible and can be used in editions with variations. The screen print process will involve basic stencils and the use of water base inks.
Plaza Artist Materials, Nashville TN 615-423-4735
Goldsmith Press: Austin Peay University
Austin Peay University's Goldsmith Press will be printing during Open Portfolio at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Friday, February 22nd from 3:00pm-4:30pm.
Learn more about Goldsmith on their website: http://www.artapsu.com/tag/goldsmith-press/