Recently I spent a week in Omaha at The Union for Contemporary Art and printed in their shop that my good friend, Joshua Norton, constructed and supervises. While I’ve had 1000’s of my screen prints produced by Monolith Press and others over my career, it’s been about 10 years since I’ve been involved in the actual printing process. It was a good opportunity for me to experiment and learn from hand-pulling the prints, making the screens and mixing inks, but it took me a few days to get the hang of it again. Special thanks goes out to Joshua and The Union for being such gracious hosts – I suggest you check out their work too.
I set out to make two editions, but as it turned out I ended up spending most all of my time dinking around with my first print, a 10 color screen print entitled “Five Birds”. There is a total of only 33 signed and numbered Five Birds prints in the final editions(20 Green, 9 White & 4 Pink). Each print is slightly unique and imperfect. About one third of these Five Birds prints will be offered up in a purchasing lottery this Wednesday (A new lottery post with directions will be posted)…..the rest will slowly pop up in galleries, lotteries and auctions. They will be pricier than my typical screen prints due to their extremely limited quantities.
With the time we had remaining at the print shop, after I finally finished the Five Birds prints, Joshua took the helm to help us kick out a diverse edition of “Dripples”, from a drawing I had in my sketchbook. The printing process for these was quite loose with mixing colors and consistency, a late night jam accompanied by this guy. We’ve given each Dripples print a little extra love with pencils and markers making them all unique. A portion of these prints will be included in Wednesday’s purchasing lottery.
I was inspired by the process of creating these screen prints on the fly at the Union, and I hope to be able to focus some attention on another hand pulled edition soon – I’ll make more next time! I would like make a note to interested customers that the prints that came out of my time at the Union all have imperfections of some kind, like tiny ink splotches or dinged corners, that came about in the handling of the prints and working through the processes. I’m proud of the prints we hand pulled in Omaha, but they do have a very different quality than my screen prints from Monolith Press.
After we get some of these Union screen prints out to randomly selected customers, we have plans to release many larger editions in the next few months. There’s a new 12″ x 12″ art print we just picked up from Monolith, another very long art print taken from a poster, a few mini prints that got bumped up into full sized editions and there’s a new variety of shirts from a classic design coming soon as well. Oh, then there’s those Widespread Vegas posters some of you have been asking about, we’ll get to them eventually too. One thing at a time…stop by on Wednesdays to see what’s new. There will be an email announcement for some of the new releases and the Panic poster sale.
Thanks for your support…much to come.