Print Futures: Austin, Texas

University of Texas at Austin

In January 2018 I have been invited to the University of Texas at Austin as part of a guest artist in printmaking residency. The proposed production of artwork will continue my investigations into post-digital narratives within graphic arts practice. The residency also includes lectures and tutorials with undergraduate and graduate UT students who are exploring digital processes in their studio practice. These discussions will contribute to a print exchange with UWE students and continue the Looking Through the Eyes of Machines as students exhibition project.

The residency co-insides with the annual Print Austin event where I will be contributing to a panel discussion on the future of printmaking – with an emphasis on the supplemental use of digital technologies. Presenters will include Professor Lari Gibbons (Associate Professor of Art, University of North Texas; Director of PRINT Press), Professor R. Eric McMaster (Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin; Manager, Digital Fabrication Lab), Evelyn Contreras (graduate student, University of Texas at Austin) and myself. The panel will be moderated by Professor Jason Urban (Senior Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin).
Each of the panel members will discuss their practice and thoughts on a post-digital landscape where digital technologies have become a familiar backdrop in a larger conversation. Questions such as how are artists (and institutions) adapting traditional analog-maker approaches within a technologically informed scene, and to what degree are new technologies being successfully utilized – or in what way does the technology fall short of expectations?

The University of Texas at Austin will also be hosting the Just Press Print exhibition that has been touring around Universities in the USA between 2016 – 2018. Institutions include, the School of Art Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State; University of Utah, Salt Lake City and University of Wisconsin Madison before finishing at University of Texas at Austin in 2018.

And finally, in November 2017 I was invited to be the first international juror for the 5th annual contemporary print exhibition hosted by Print Austin in Texas, USA – a very big honor. The international exhibition addresses the traditions and innovations within contemporary Printmaking and received over eight hundred and fifty submissions for the 2018 exhibition. After reviewing a high caliber of entries I was asked to select thirty artists for the final show. The prints will be exhibited at the O2 Gallery (at Flatbed Press Headquarters) in Austin, Texas between 20th January and 17th February 2018. I will be attending the exhibition on the 25th January and would like to extend my congratulations to the selected artists: Diana Behl, Myles Calvert, Lauren Cardenas, Jonas Criscoe, Dylan DeWitt, Justin Diggle, Orna Feinstein, Justyne Fischer, Juan Garcia, Logan Hill, Mark Hosford, Ross Hutchinson, James Janecek, Ann Marie Kennedy, Haley Lauw, Colin Lyons, Kate MacNeil, Nathan Meltz, Kristin Powers Nowlin, Sumi Perera, Alan Pocaro, Nicole Polonsky, Kasey Rameriz, Allison Rosh, Lilah Shepherd, Angela Sneider, Ryan Standfest, Eszter Sziksz, Anna Trojanowska, and Art Werger. Hopefully see you there.

Post-digital Today

Many thanks to The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland for hosting an exceptional conference in December 2017. The team at the Wrocław School of Printmaking invited a range of speakers including artists, theoreticians, researchers and students to comment on the topic of Post-digital Printmaking. The event also included a number of exhibitions that demonstrated the breadth of ideas being explored in this emergent area of the graphic arts. I have recently had my conference presentation Looking Through the Eyes of Machines accepted for publication in the Summer 2018 edition Printmaking Today. The article is an overview of the presentation and provides some insights into an ongoing inquiry.

Post-digital printmaking. Redefinition of Print Conference in Poland