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Spring Arrives at Center Street Studio: Bill Thompson's Crest
Translating Bill Thompson’s sculptural ideas into print is always a challenge. With Crest, Thompson provided master printer James Stroud a shaped template that was traced onto a copper plate and cut by hand with a jig saw. The edges were then refined by the artist. An aquatint was then applied to the surface and etched to 100%. After the aquatint was inked with an ultramarine blue ink and wiped , the plate was surface rolled in one pass with a semi transparent cerulean blue. The resultant subtle gradation from edges to center evokes the volume of Thompson’s wall sculptures.
"In designing Crest, I wanted to combine the rigidity of form with the fluidity of movement – to create a shape that appeared both resistant and prone to the power of natural forces. The color effect further reinforces this incongruity with the highly saturated, mineral-like ultramarine perimeter dissolving into an atmospheric wash of deep cerulean."
The Fall Projects Continue: George Whitman's Untitled (Landscape III)
Another project hot off the press: George Whitman's Untitled (Landscape III) etching. Follow the link below or click on the image below to see George's current and previous work with CSS.
New Fall Projects from Richard Ryan and Carrie Moyer
The shop has been busy through the fall with new projects! CSS is pleased to announce new works hot off the press: a new woodcut from Richard Ryan, Bird in Tree, as well as watercolor monotypes from Carrie Moyer, Soft Cells and Swash. Click on the thumbnails below to go to each artist's page or follow the links below to their pages.
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.
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
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
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Thank you Minneapolis for a terrific Prints and Drawings Fair at MIA last weekend. You made it worth the 2 day drive out there!