Roxanne’s Debutante Event ~ During April’s Sugar House Art Walk (Friday, April 10th – 6pm to 9pm), Saltgrass Printmakers is hosting a ‘DIY’ event with our brand new press, Roxanne. Roxanne is SG’s rocking chair press that Nancy Boskoff donated to the press and Van Lewis converted into a printing press. Local artists (April Bolz, Bo Brady, Stefanie Dykes, Michael Gaffney, Pat Legant, Jared Nielsen, Kit Osborn, Karl Pace, Brian Taylor (Copper Palate Press); Karl Pace, Kit Osborn, Tia Sheppard) have each carved a block to be printed.
What do you need to do?
- Show up at the press during SHAW ‘Sugar House Art Walk’ – the local gallery stroll between 6pm and 9pm.
- Pick out a block. We will show you how to ink it up.
- Then, you can sit down, relax, rock, and print a print to take home.
- $10.00 donation to cover Roxanne’s construction and printing expenses
Print Portfolios on Exhibition:
Every March, we attend the national print conference ~ Southern Graphics Council International. This year, we have three portfolios fresh from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s SGCI Print conference. Seriously! Saltgrass has an amazing set of prints with impressive conceptual themes on display.
Distortion celebrates our subjective view of the work and includes prints that require a unique vantage point. Organized by Wuon-Gean Ho and includes Edward Bateman and Erik Brunvand. The theme “Distortion” celebrates our subjective view of the world and calls for prints which require a unique vantage point, both physically as well as conceptually, in order to be read. This topic draws upon the tricks of perspective in Italian Renaissance ceilings and Dutch interiors, to the anamorphic work of Holbein and Escher, and 19C optical toys such as the magic mirror and praxinoscope. The act of human perception filters and alters vision though processes of synesthesia, color blindness, and hallucination. Technology both extends and distorts what we can see, through the use of infrared film and heat sensitive recording devices, X-Rays and other medical instrumentation, holograms, wide-angle lenses and prisms.
Expectation of Privacy organized by University of Utah’s very own professor of printmaking, Justin Diggle. We live in a world where our sense of privacy is being drastically changed if not irreversibly eroded. The exponential growth of communication technologies, digital storage, CCTV cameras, social media, and digital cameras, has made a dramatic and beneficial change to our lives, but at a cost. Cameras and phones have GPS tracking, as do many new cars. Stores can track customer habits, via a phone signal, as they browse and drones are now so small and cheap they can be used by private individuals, and as I recently read by paparazzi. Does our use of certain technologies influence what we do?
Vinyl organized by Anita Jung, University of Iowa. This portfolio project celebrates vinyl records. Knoxville is a great music city inside of a great music state, they even put musical instruments on their commemorative quarter. Records are flat spheres, sort of, that is at least how I arrived at this idea. This project leaves a lot to artistic interpretation regarding materials used as well as if the print is just a record or a record within an album; a round or square print.