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CSS at New York's Pier 36
CSS will be at the Art on Paper fair at New York's Pier 36 from March 3-6! Come visit the booth (161) and see what has been coming out of the shop in recent months, including projects from Markus Linnenbrink, Raul González, Carrie Moyer, Jeff Perrott, and Richard Ryan.
You can obtain your free tickets to both the VIP preview event on Thursday, March 3rd or a day pass for the show March 4th-6th by following the links below:
1-Day Fair Passes
Preview VIP event: Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Friday, March 4, 2016 | 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, March 5, 2016 | 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, March 6, 2016 | 12:00pm to 6:00pm
More details can be found from the Art on Paper website, as well: http://thepaperfair.com/ny
Art on Paper–Miami, New Markus Linnenbrink Monotypes, and Catalogue Release
CSS will be in Miami for the Art on Paper show! Join us at the Deauville Beach Resort and see some of Markus Linnenbrink's new monotypes, hot-off-the-press! CSS has also just released a catalogue of Linnenbrink's work, available below, covering over a decade of monotype projects in the studio. (click thumbnail to view)
Art on Paper–Miami
VIP Preview Event:
Tuesday, December 1st: 5-10PM
You can register for VIP passes through CSS here.
Open to the Public:
Wednesday-Saturday, December 2nd-6th, 11AM-7PM
Sunday, December 7th, 11AM- 6PM
You can register for 1-day passes through CSS here.
Deauville Beach Resort–Miami
6701 Collins Ave.
Miami, FL 33141
Markus Linnenbrink Monotypes catalogue (click to view)
IHEARDYOULOOKING(SCHRÄG) and MUDHONEY(NOV15)
After a successful 2015 E/AB Fair, CSS gets to work in the shop before the holiday season begins. Markus Linnenbrink stopped by the shop to work on his new monotype project, IHEARDYOULOOKING(SCHRÄG). The new project, as well as a catalogue with all of Markus' monotype projects with CSS will be available on the website soon!
CSS on the Road in New York: E/AB Fair 2015
For those in the New York/Tri-State area, come by the CSS booth at the 2015 E/AB Fair! Please join us at The Tunnel (269 11th Ave.). We will be featuring works from Roger Tibbetts, Markus Linnenbrink, Bill Thompson, Carrie Moyer, and Jeff Perrott.
The opening night "First View" event will be Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 6-9 pm. It is a ticketed event ()RSVP required, admits 2).
You can pick up a VIP pass by following the link below or by clicking on the fair's logo to register for tickets on the fair's website.
RSVP for E/AB Fair 2015 First View VIP Passes
The fair is also open to the public from November 6-8.
Thursday , November 5 (First View, ticketed): 6-9PM
Friday, November 6: 11AM-7PM
Saturday, November 7: 11AM-7PM
Sunday, November 8: 11AM-5PM
269 11th Ave., New York
You can also visit the fair's website, here.
Hot Off the Press in October: Bill Thompson, Edition
CSS is pleased to announce the newest project from Bill Thompson, Edition. From the artist:
"With everything I create, my one guiding principle is that I use the least number of elements possible to make a statement. When printing, my images are generally monochromatic and feature a simple visual gesture – they tend to reflect the forms that I carve as a sculptor.
After finishing a recent edition at Center Street Studio, my mind jumped track and landed upon an idea that completely eliminated the need for an image. More importantly, it embraced and broke down the basic essence of printmaking to its most elemental state.
I based the idea on the fact that every print in an edition is essentially unique because of both the number change and the slight variation in the artist’s signature from print to print. Also considered was the practice of applying a hand-drawn/painted element to a print and the effect that has on its perceived value and originality.
For Edition, I gridded out the entire edition with each square containing a number, as well as squares for the BAT and printer’s/artist’s proofs. To identify and individualize each print, I circled the appropriate number using a red colored pencil. As they progress through the number sequence, the hand-drawn circles vary slightly in shape, with the red adding a chromatic accent to the black and white grid. Edition is a print of and about a print edition."
Etching with chine collé
12.5 x 14 inches (image)
21.5 x 22.25 inches (sheet)
Photos from the Cleveland Print Fair and the Minneapolis Print Fair
CSS is back from a successful trip to Cleveland and Minneapolis! Below are some moments from both the Cleveland Print Fair ad the Minneapolis Print Fair. (click to enlarge thumbnails)
Markus Linnenbrink and CSS present: EVENTHOUGHYOUHAVETOGO (watercolor monotypes)
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."
Markus Linnenbrink: EVENTHOUGHYOUHAVETOGO Slideshow
CSS and Markus Linnenbrink are pleased to announce Markus' new project with Center Street Studio from the summer of 2015: EVENTHOUGHYOUHAVETOGO watercolor monotypes.
To see all of Markus' projects with CSS, see his artist page here.
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
CSS at the 2014 AD 20/21 Show at the Boston Center for the Arts
New Etching from Teo González: Etching II
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
On Press: Printing George Whitman's New Etching Untitled (Landscape II)
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.
2013 and earlier
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
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.
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.
Rachel Perry: 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. 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.' RP, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.