|Hung Liu, Lifetime Achievement Award|
When we were out and about on Friday, it was cool and clear. Our day started with Hung Liu receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. She spoke compellingly about her work and how printmaking inspires her paintings (and vice versa). She talked about being a teacher at Mills College for 21 years. She said of her teaching style, "I dare to tell the truth" to her students. She said teachers are like gardeners, with beautiful trees and flowers but it is hard; they burn the candle at both ends. She said it hard to teach and work (make art). "But life is like water in a sponge. If you squeeze, it's still there."
Afterwards we headed to Wash U to attend a woodcut demo which was largely disappointing. The artist never spoke unless asked a direct question and it appeared you could watch for 5 minutes and get the gist of the whole thing. So we headed to a few other demos and events scheduled and inked up farm animal stencils and taped them to large Farmville prints (yes the evil Facebook app). Searching for equilibrium everywhere we went.
|Female Mouth #2|
We found a really interesting trio from Delaware using a computer router to cut out woodcuts of parts of people's faces (from photos taken and manipulated by computer). After the router cut out the facial feature, another artist would ink it up and print them. It was fun to see but we felt they didn't take it far enough. Maybe that was by design. They did make a 5 minute presentation but might as well not have. Here's the procedure - Take pics. Find the vector paths and save as DFX file. Bring into PC with Cut 2D which turns it into G code. Then send it to the CCR. I guess some people actually understand that stuff. Diana had her picture taken and they made a woodcut of her lips AKA "Friday Mouth #2" She saw it inked but didn't see them print it. Other activities beckoned.
|Caledonia Curry (Swoon)|
Diana and I made a quick stop at the Publisher Fair this morning to catch up with Amanda Verbeck of Pele Prints. She assisted Dan Welden in the first workshop I took from him in Santa Fe and this year was the chair of the portfolio exhibitions at the SGC conference. She gave us feedback on why we were successful in getting accepted for showing when so many other groups were rejected. It helped that we planned for this event in creating the work, so our work was on theme and universal.
|Vicki LoSasso, Becca and Candace Nicol|
|Audrey Van Kirk on left|
|Dan and Holly|
|Kathryn Polk and me|
When we got back to the hotel we went right into a movie to clear our heads of art for awhile- happily entertained by Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in the Adjustment Bureau. It will be good to go home and hit the studio!