October 2 Michael Nitsch Printmaking
Opening Celebration/Club Meeting, Friday, October 2, 2020, 5 - 8 pm
Artwork available October 2 - 31
We have spent our lives looking at, loving, collecting, and selling art. Most of the time we understand the processes pretty clearly. But prints. Prints are mysterious. Capturing an image in the form of a print takes time, tools, technology. The image is impressed into the paper. This provides a depth and mystery that is different from media that set things on the surface. This collection of prints by Michael Nitsch is full of mystery. A deep dark softness that takes you to that place and surrounds you with the atmosphere of the time. Autumn introspection, looking at the seasonal changes, fits well with printmaking and the comfortably quiet dark places.
These prints, like all of the artwork at Two Fish, are for sale. We encourage you to visit them in person with your mask on, but they can also be packed and shipped to your home.
We have added a few printmaking 'vocabulary words' below the slide show.
Artist’s Proof: An artist’s proof is the first trial image made by an artist. With each proof, the artist can make changes and make other proofs, until they are satisfied with the results. Then the edition is printed. Instead of numbers on the bottoms of these images, the artist will write the words “artist’s proof ” or AP.
Intaglio is the family of printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink.[ It is the direct opposite of a relief print, where the parts of the matrix that make the image stand above the main surface.
Etching is a printmaking technique that uses chemical action to produce incised lines in a metal printing plate which then hold the applied ink and form the image.
Mezzotint–from the Italian mezzo (“half”) and tinta (“tone”)–presents halftones. Specifically, in this type of intaglio print, subtle gradations of light and shade, rather than lines, form the image.
My drawings & prints reflect my interests in landscape, gardening & wildlife with a twist. I try to present viewers with an image / subject that they can relate to… but, possibly create a few questions as we tell a story.
Years after I was introduced to a class that involved Plein Aire sketching & printmaking in 1984, at the Pigeon Lake Field Station, (North of Hayward, WI.) with professors, Doug DeVinny & David Holmes. I developed a new perspective towards the subjects & media. Going out in the towns & fields to sketch, taking notes, talking with people, then back to the classroom to transform my materials into a print. Having the interaction with that environment, helped complete the story for the print or drawing.
Also, going back to these areas the following year, added to the stories… sometimes in the most negative way. We are told of the lost of the people that you talked with a brief moment or witness a greater loss of the environment through nature or man. But, the stories continue.
November 6 Barb Hollenback Fiber
Opening Celebration/Club Meeting, Friday, November 6, 2020, 5 - 8 pm
Artwork available November 6 - 28
December 4 Kay Jelinek Mixed Media Painting
Opening Celebration/Club Meeting, Friday, December 4, 2020, 5 - 8 pm
Artwork available December 4 - 24