Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Codex VII


We had fun attending Codex VII, the international book fair. The event ran from February 3-6, 2019 at the Craneway Pavilion, on the waterfront in Richmond, California (With probably the best view of the Bay Area to be seen).


Codex is held biennially with the intent “to create an environment for promoting the book as a work of art”.

It features book artists, printmakers, bookbinders, papermakers, special collections librarians and fine press printers from all over the world.




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Here’s the booth of Antonio Guerra Gonzalez and Tinta Taller from Mexico City.




  copyright  Antonio Gonzalez      more info: jawarojo@hotmail.com

Here’s one of thirteen knockout copper etching by Jared A. Nielsen for the upcoming edition of  H. P.Lovecraft’s “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” (to be published by Uncanny valley Press).




Erin McAdams did some very timely prints







I really like the block prints of Valdimir Zikamov
(This photo snagged from the Codex website)

He’s illustrated a number of fine books including The Golem by Gustav Meyrink, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Call of Cthulhu and Selected Strange Tales by H.P. Lovecraft, John Fowles’ The Collector, and coming soon Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.




Zimakov’s block print for an Amanda Palmer poster
Art copyright Valdimir Zikamov


             Some very cool stuff at the booth of printmaker Art Hazelwood


And a few other random samplings:





Monday, December 31, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR



Our New Year’s card

We hope to reemerge from our shelter this coming year. 
In the meantime:
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Ho!

                                         Cover by Emsh from Galaxy Science Fiction, January 1956

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pressing Matters IX: Printmakers Group Show

The 9th annual Pressing Matters show at the Maurice Del Mue Galleries, San Geronimo Valley Community Center has come and gone.


                                       Katya McCulloch’s amazing reduction block

This year’s crew of printmakers --exhibiting woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs, silkscreen, etchings, collograpahs, monotypes and mono prints and other variations on printmaking--include Fred L. Berensmeier, Geoff Bernstein, Martha Cederstrom, Danielle Fogel, Zachary Gilmour, Lars Johnson, Elan Kamesar, Sophia Larsen, Katya McCulloch, Cindy Miracle, Barbara Morris, Elaine Nehm, Larry Rippee, Gabriele Schwibach, Xander Weaver-Scull, and James Craft, Bruce Fowler, Gary Harrell, Samuel Marquez and Michael Williams of the San Quentin Prison Project.

Here are atlas a few of the works from the show (I hope to dig up more).


                                   Collograph by Fred Lee Berensmeier


Monotype, Xerox-transfer and ink by Sophia Larsen


                                                  Etching by Sophia Larsen


                                                Etching by Sophia Larsen


Xander Weaver Scull’s complex stencil/monoprint technique (usually with his own hand made inks)



Two more by Xander Weaver Scull




                        A multi media approach by Martha Cederstrom





“Noctua’ mixed media block print by Danielle Fogel



                                   Two silkscreen’s by Geoff Bernstein



                                   Monoprints by Barbara Morris





Here are a few pieces from the San Quentin Prison Project


Linocut by James Craft


Lino block print by Samuel Marquez 


           The stunning five-color reduction block print 'Back Door Man" by Gary Harrell

         Thanks to Katya McCulloch for providing the work from her San Quentin students


Lars Johnson, in a departure from his abstract work contributed these woodcuts:






And, oh yea, my anxious piece, titled “Normalization of Deviance”



There was much more to the show than this. My apologies to artists not present here.

I’ll post more shots from the show when they emerge.



Monday, November 12, 2018

Ralph Steadman at the Haight Street Art Center in San Francisco


Cartoonist chum, Kevin Brady, gave me a heads-up that the relatively new-Haight Street Art Center was to host an exhibit of the work of grandmaster graphic-satirist Ralph Steadman. Moreover, Steadman would appear in person for a conversation (and for free). I thought that last part must be a mistake but that wasn't the case. Kevin and I went Tuesday night and listened to Steadman casually chat during a slide show with curator Anita O'Brien.  Very cool. And a great show.


The Ralph Steadman Retrospective will remain at the Haight Street Art Center until January 20th, 2019 before moving on to other venues.



                    The Ralph Steadman button handed out at the reception

You can check out more here:

https://haightstreetart.org/blogs/event-archives/ralph-steadman-conversation-with-the-artist