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CSS at the Texas Contemporary

CSS will be showing at the Texas Contemporary Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX from September 4th-7th. Come by the booth (#707) Friday/Saturday from 11-7 (5th-6th) and Sunday (7th) from 12-6. Visit the show's website at txcontemporary.com for more information on the show and purchasing tickets.

CSS 30th Anniversary!

This year marks the 30 years of printmaking for Center Street Studio. To celebrate, we invited artists and friends to join us for a grand summer pig roast! Click on any thumbnail to flip through the photo gallery.

Summer at CSS: Richard Ryan's Nine Blue Poppies

As summer gets underway, so do the big projects. Richard Ryan has come by the shop to work on his woodcut nine blue poppies. See more of Richard's work with CSS here.

Scenes from Select Fair 2014

From 2014 Select Fair at the Altman Building (153 W 18th St.) in New York City

New Watercolor Monotypes from Mark Cooper and Jeff Perrott

Hot off the press for spring 2014, new watercolor monotypes from Mark Cooper and Jeff Perrott. Click on each image to follow the link to each artist's page to see all of their new work.

Mark Cooper, Lulu Blue 18

Mark Cooper, Lulu Blue 18

Jeff Perrott, Larval Assemblage 3

Jeff Perrott, Larval Assemblage 3

Center Street Studio presents: Moving Day for an Etching Press

Part one of a two part series. Center Street Studio moved a 2300-lbs. etching press as an installation in the CSS booth for the AD 20/21 show at the Boston Center for the Arts, Cyclorama Building in Boston's South End. The task entailed craning two solid pieces of steel weighing 500 lbs each (press and roller). and a big, 1300-lbs. metal frame down multiple stories and moving them in time for the show. 

Stay tuned for the second video of the press in action printing artist George Whitman's lioness etching as a demo for show visitors!

CSS at the 2014 AD 20/21 Show at the Boston Center for the Arts

The AD 20/21 Show at the Boston Center for the Arts' Cyclorama building is fin full swing! CSS has setup the biggest booth to-date, including moving a 2300-lbs. French-American Tool Press for live print demonstrations. Come visit the booth Saturday 11-8 and Sunday 11-5.

New Etching from Teo González

3.18.14: Center Street Studio announces a new print project by New York painter Teo González. Know for his minimalist paintings of vast fields of dots and spots, González employs the same system of mark making to this new etching with hand-colored chine collé. The result is an organic visual pulsing achieved through slight variations of scale in the marks. An added spatial shift occurs via the hand applied color gradation at the bottom of each chine collé sheet. The print is currently on press and will be available at a pre-publication price during the Boston Print Fair, Cyclorama Building, March 28-30. Contact Director James Stroud for details.

Click the image above to visit Teo's CSS artist page.

Bill Thompson's GYRO in Art Forum

2.15.14: Matthew Carter includes Bill Thompson’s GYRO project from Center Street Studio as one of his Top 10 picks (#6) in February’s issue of Art Forum! 

Click on the image above to link to the site, or see it here.

See more of Bill's work with CSS on his artist page.

 

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On Press: Printing George Whitman's New Etching Untitled (Landscape II)

2.7.14: Center Street Studio is pleased to present a video short on the printing of George Whitman's newest work with CSS: "Untitled (Landscape II)." This short is a look at the process that goes into printing this incredibly detailed, beautifully crafted plate.

Markus Linnenbrink, IHEARDYOULOOKING Slideshow

George Whitman: Untitled (Landscape II) and Untitled (Elephant)

Center Street Studio's first print of 2014 is George Whitman's new etching with chine collé 'Untitled (Landscape II). Filled with the same extraordinary detail as his previous etchings, Whitman juxtaposes a wild array of animals in a lush landscape. It is currently available at a pre-publication price during editioning. Contact Director James Stroud for details. Also available, and previously unannounced on the website, Whitman's 'Untitled (Elephant)' etching with chine collé.

Center Street Studio's first print of 2014 is George Whitman's new etching with chine collé 'Untitled (Landscape II). Filled with the same extraordinary detail as his previous etchings, Whitman juxtaposes a wild array of animals in a lush landscape. It is currently available at a pre-publication price during editioning. Contact Director James Stroud for details.

Also available, and previously unannounced on the website, Whitman's 'Untitled (Elephant)' etching with chine collé.

Raul Gonzalez: Curios de las Americas/Curious about America

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce our newest project by artist Raul Gonzalez: Curios de las Americas/Curious about America.

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce our newest project by artist Raul Gonzalez: Curios de las Americas/Curious about America.

Markus Linnenbrink: IHEARDYOULOOKING Monotypes

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce the new monotype series by artist Markus Linnenbrink IHEARDYOULOOKING

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce the new monotype series by artist Markus Linnenbrink IHEARDYOULOOKING

George Whitman: Untitled (Landscape I)

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce its first print publication of 2013. George Whitman's untitled etching plate was on his drawing board for nearly two years before he brought it to the studio to etch. It is filled with the extraordinary detail and graphic ingenuity prevalent in all of his work. The plate measures 28 x 22 inches and is currently being printed with a Kozo chine collé in an edition of 35. It is available at a pre-publication price during printing. Please contact Director James Stroud for details.

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce its first print publication of 2013. George Whitman's untitled etching plate was on his drawing board for nearly two years before he brought it to the studio to etch. It is filled with the extraordinary detail and graphic ingenuity prevalent in all of his work. The plate measures 28 x 22 inches and is currently being printed with a Kozo chine collé in an edition of 35. It is available at a pre-publication price during printing. Please contact Director James Stroud for details.

Bill Thompson: Jig

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce the publication of a new aquatint by Bill Thompson. Like his last project entitled Gyro, Jig is printed from a shaped copper plate that is first inked with one color, then surface rolled with another imparting a richness of color and texture suggesting a three dimensional object more than a two dimensional shape. Thompson's new paintings continually cross the border into sculpture. His prints reflect the same dialogue.   The artist comments on the project:   With works on paper, I attempt to do things that would be difficult or impossible to realize as sculpture. This approach represents a liberation from the practical considerations of object-making and allows me to be more creatively agile with ideas. "Jig" is a perfect example of this freedom, depicting what appears to be a sculpted object that in fact, wouldn't make any sense if it were. I am drawn to the physicality of printmaking - for this edition, the plate for "Jig" had to be hand-cut and the edges sanded to perfection. The pronounced impression in the paper, combined with the cor-ten color and darkening of tone around the edges of the shape, also contribute to the sculptural object allusion. Aiding my impulse to embrace impracticality when working on a print project is Jim's willingness to try anything to achieve an objective. I don't believe I've ever heard him say, "No, I don't think that's possible."   Bill Thompson, Boston 2012   Jig was printed in an edition of 35 plus 5 artist proofs, on Rives BFK 400g/m2 paper measuring 30 x 22.5 inches. Contact Director James Stroud for price information and availability. 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of CSS print publications with Bill Thompson. A major retrospective of these collaborations is in the works. Stay tuned for further information.

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce the publication of a new aquatint by Bill Thompson. Like his last project entitled GyroJig is printed from a shaped copper plate that is first inked with one color, then surface rolled with another imparting a richness of color and texture suggesting a three dimensional object more than a two dimensional shape. Thompson's new paintings continually cross the border into sculpture. His prints reflect the same dialogue.

 

The artist comments on the project:

 

With works on paper, I attempt to do things that would be difficult or impossible to realize as sculpture. This approach represents a liberation from the practical considerations of object-making and allows me to be more creatively agile with ideas. "Jig" is a perfect example of this freedom, depicting what appears to be a sculpted object that in fact, wouldn't make any sense if it were. I am drawn to the physicality of printmaking - for this edition, the plate for "Jig" had to be hand-cut and the edges sanded to perfection. The pronounced impression in the paper, combined with the cor-ten color and darkening of tone around the edges of the shape, also contribute to the sculptural object allusion. Aiding my impulse to embrace impracticality when working on a print project is Jim's willingness to try anything to achieve an objective. I don't believe I've ever heard him say, "No, I don't think that's possible."

 

Bill Thompson, Boston 2012

 

Jig was printed in an edition of 35 plus 5 artist proofs, on Rives BFK 400g/m2 paper measuring 30 x 22.5 inches. Contact Director James Stroud for price information and availability.

2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of CSS print publications with Bill Thompson. A major retrospective of these collaborations is in the works. Stay tuned for further information.

   Rachel Perry Welty: None of these things is quite like the other

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce the release of a new etching by Rachel Perry Welty. Entitled 'None of these things is quite like the other,' it is a photo etching of 89 plastic bread tabs, carefully placed and composed by the artist. Etched deeply into the copper plate, the white ink used to print the image stands up from the paper giving each tab a physical, sculptural presence. The artist writes:

 

'Bread tags, price stickers, tin foil and answering machine messages: these leftovers form a language of modern life. Through ritual and repetition I collect, accumulate and re-present the forgotten reminders of consumption. For this print project, I selected one of every different kind of bread tag from my collection, forming a taxonomy of plastic tabs organized by my own system, where none of these things is quite like the other. In choosing to work with these materials, I am documenting the world in which we live, mapping out environments in the hope of finding the beauty, humor and joy in everyday life.' RPW, New York, 2012

 

Printed on Rives BFK 400m/2 paper with a Japanese Kozo chine collé in an edition of 30, the print measures 24 x 18 inches (image), 30 x 23 inches (sheet). Please contact James Stroud for price information. Click here to see a detail of the print.

Jeff Perrott: Dervish Monotypes

Having seen Jeff Perrott's 'Random Walk' paintings at his last exhibition, master printer James Stroud just knew Perrott would take to a new watercolor monotype process he has been tweaking at Center Street Studio over the past few months. So he invited Perrott to the studio to pursue a series of prints related to the paintings. Specially prepared water color painted on vellum, left to dry and then passed through the press under great pressure renders images of extraordinary fluidity and intensity.   Perrott writes about the process: "The monotypes are an extension of the Random Walk process into printmaking. Each of the 'Dervish' works employs exactly the same random process - a chance direction of line paired with a pre-determined color, length of mark, number of marks, and width of mark - with vastly different results. The serial nature of the project, the diverse outcomes, and the ecstatic color underscore the issues of contingency and irony at the center of my work today."   Each image is unique and measures 24 x 19 inches. Please contact James Stroud at the studio for availability and pricing. Click here to see a slide show of the first 17 prints.

Having seen Jeff Perrott's 'Random Walk' paintings at his last exhibition, master printer James Stroud just knew Perrott would take to a new watercolor monotype process he has been tweaking at Center Street Studio over the past few months. So he invited Perrott to the studio to pursue a series of prints related to the paintings. Specially prepared water color painted on vellum, left to dry and then passed through the press under great pressure renders images of extraordinary fluidity and intensity.

 

Perrott writes about the process: "The monotypes are an extension of the Random Walk process into printmaking. Each of the 'Dervish' works employs exactly the same random process - a chance direction of line paired with a pre-determined color, length of mark, number of marks, and width of mark - with vastly different results. The serial nature of the project, the diverse outcomes, and the ecstatic color underscore the issues of contingency and irony at the center of my work today."

 

Each image is unique and measures 24 x 19 inches. Please contact James Stroud at the studio for availability and pricing. Click here to see a slide show of the first 17 prints.

Laurel Sparks: Luminous Procuress

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce a new print project by Brooklyn based artist Laurel Sparks. Known for her abstract paintings often referenced by Venetian chandeliers, Rococo jewelry and Christmas trees, Sparks' images 'shape shift between identity and abstract materiality.' And this is no less true for her very first etching made here at Center Street Studio. Sparks was 'all in' when it came to process: 3 copper plates, 11 colors, and three custom chine collé shapes cut from Nepalese paper, not to mention several hand additions of gouache, glitter and marble dust suspended in acrylic emulsion applied to each print pulled by master printer James Stroud. All this adds up to a print rich in image, surface and materiality.   Printed in an edition of 20 with 5 artist proofs on Hahnemahle Copperplate paper, Luminous Procuress measures 28 x 22 inches (image), 37 x 30 inches (sheet). For price information, please contact James Stroud, Director at jstroud@centerstreetstudio.com.

Center Street Studio is pleased to announce a new print project by Brooklyn based artist Laurel Sparks. Known for her abstract paintings often referenced by Venetian chandeliers, Rococo jewelry and Christmas trees, Sparks' images 'shape shift between identity and abstract materiality.' And this is no less true for her very first etching made here at Center Street Studio. Sparks was 'all in' when it came to process: 3 copper plates, 11 colors, and three custom chine collé shapes cut from Nepalese paper, not to mention several hand additions of gouache, glitter and marble dust suspended in acrylic emulsion applied to each print pulled by master printer James Stroud. All this adds up to a print rich in image, surface and materiality.

 

Printed in an edition of 20 with 5 artist proofs on Hahnemahle Copperplate paper, Luminous Procuress measures 28 x 22 inches (image), 37 x 30 inches (sheet). For price information, please contact James Stroud, Director at jstroud@centerstreetstudio.com.