Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Drawing

This is yet another approach to explore these patterns and forms I keep coming back to. Now there's less emphasis on the triangles, and I'm giving the inky centers more presence. This looks like a messier negative of pen and ink drawings I did several years ago:

There's something so satisfying about dropping ink onto wet areas of paper, watching it spread like a little contained storm. What happens within the triangles is literally contained chaos. I set it up and let it go. The whole result looks 3 dimensional to me, like a faceted paper sculpture with holes in it.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Drawing

This is a new way of working from the basic triangular array, using different values and precisely chaotic patterning; it's graphite and ink.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Steamroller Printing with Pickwick Independent Press

Two days before our big steamroller printing extravaganza, I had a mad rush in the studio to finish carving my block of MDF. The whole block was designed on the fly directly on the block. I had no idea what to do on the outside of the "knobby donut" so I decided triangular rays would be striking for a public event, and a simple way of fading from white at the edge of the form to black at the edge of the block.
The grey part is acrylic paint used to seal the parts of the block that hold the ink. MDF is so porous that it will just soak up the printing ink, so this makes it so oil-based ink rolled onto the block will sit on the surface.
This past Saturday we set up on Oak Street at about 4pm, and started printing at 6pm as part of the Block Party organized by Space Gallery. We made 15-20 large prints using a steamroller to press canvas onto inked blocks. The response from the audience was amazing, and they applauded at the revealing of each print.

I was on the inking team so I was considered "dirty handed", which meant I couldn't touch any clean canvas. I ended up completely covered in nasty oil-based ink.
On Sunday, the day after the Block Party, we set up in a nearby parking lot to print the rest of an edition of three of each print. Sponsors to the event get one good print, the artists get one, and Pickwick Independent Press gets one. We were there for 9 good hours printing away, doing some on muslin.

I had decided the night before that I wasn't going to be an inker. I had to wash my whole body with vegetable oil and scrub in the bathtub for a good long time and I decided I was going to be "clean hands" on Sunday. But as soon as I got to the parking lot, I picked up a previously inked block and got all messy so I was like, "F#ck it, I'm an inker today".

The three closest prints below are by Cat Jensen, Delphine Sherin, and Erin Leon:
These left to right are by Abigail Swartz, Corliss Chastain, and Josh Eckels:
These are by Cassie Jones, Sage Lewis, and me- Clint "Super Mario" Fulkerson:
And here's a closer shot of my print:
To see more about this event, check out these links:
Lisa Pixley's Post, article on with an image of my print, article in the Portland Press Herald, Kyle Bryant's blog, and Abigail Swartz's blog

I'll post links to videos as they're published. There were several people filming but I haven't seen anything out yet.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Working on a drawing

I'm working on a new drawing based on my print Nodule 5, this is pencil with ink wash. Another layer of ink will connect polygons- I plan on leaving some white areas open so the whole thing doesn't end up mono-tonal.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Studio progress

Here's an image of a corner of my new studio. This is where I plaster every inch of wall space with unframed finished drawings above and things not yet finished below (so I can reach them and modify them). A ten foot ceiling is a great luxury I'm not used to and I want to take advantage of it. At the bottom is my block in progress for the Block Party on September 11th. Looking at the block this way, rolled with india ink to actually see how it will look printed, I may want to preserve the look of the rolled edges messy and varying in value. It looks like a gravestone rubbing, which is exactly how my similar looking graphite drawings in the Division and Vergence series' were made- by impressing the paper with a hard pencil, then rubbing over that with softer graphite.