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100th Monkey Show Tonight + New Print Collage + Japanese Woodblock Printmakers

Tonight from 6-9 is the opening of the exhibition entitled “Home” at the 100th Monkey Studio.  The gallery is located at 110 SE 16th Avenue.  Come check it out if you’re in the neighborhood.  I have three large monotypes in the show.

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Hope to see you there.

Here is the latest print collage

“It Looks A Little Rough Out There Today”

9″ x 4 1/4″

As you may know, I am obsessed with woodblock printmaking.  The reductive process of carving a block creates both a sculpture and a vehicle for ink transferal to paper.  To me it is a reverse relationship.  A puzzle.  And these collages are realized in a similar manner.  They are cut and laid out based on pattern, space and color relationship.  They are constructed as a problem to be solved.  Many of the elements incorporated in each collage come from my past woodcut and linocut prints.  My work has been greatly inspired by comics and illustration, but also by Japanese woodblock printmaking.  This collage, though not intentionally influenced, does remind me of “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa”, by Japanese Edo Period printmaker Hokusai.

You can see from the border on top of the image.  I have used it courtesy of http://www.katsushikahokusai.org/

I strongly urge you to check out the rest of his work.

Also, on the topic of Japanese printmakers.  My favorite of all time is Toshi Yoshida.  Especially his abstract work.

Here are a couple of examples borrowed from http://www.hanga.com/

Delightfull, 1973

Unknown, 1968

So Good.

Copyright © 2012 by Drew Kail


Printmaking and Photography Show at Splendorporium

“Sometimes It Gets Away”

Yesterday I dropped off six prints to be included in the Splendorporium’s printmaking and photography show.  The show opens this Friday, January 6th from 7-9 pm.  Splendorporium is a great local nonprofit focusing on arts and culture education.  They currently serve six public schools in the Portland area through their after school programs and have a large gallery space in which to host art openings every First Friday.  I am very proud to be included in this exhibition.  Glancing around the space yesterday, I saw a lot of fantastic work.  Stop by if you’re in the Portland area this Friday.

The address is:

3421 Se 21st Ave.

Portland, OR 97202

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I hope to see you this Friday!

Copyright © 2012 by Drew Kail