“Surface,” a new color woodcut, will be shown in the Pacific Art League’s Works on Paper exhibit in Palo Alto, CA in February.
This print caused me great headaches. My woodcut images are made up of many runs printed from several different blocks. Some parts of the print can survive pretty casual registration; other times blocks that I’ve carved in a reductive manner absolutely have to line up. I made this print this fall at Proyecto Ace and Adrianna and I tore our hair out trying to get one of the final runs to register. Print after print after print would simply NOT register correctly. Adrianna tried everything in her master printer’s bag of tricks, but nothing worked. Finally we were able to get a couple to register perfectly, a number were tolerable, and some were beyond repair. This is the gamble of color reduction – once you get off track, it’s pretty hard to get back on. (The carpenter’s rule of measure twice, cut once. . . ) After all that stress, it is nice to have our efforts rewarded.