Today's postings

  1. [Baren 42089] Re: 9/11 project....redefined..."Survivors" (Julio.Rodriguez #
  2. [Baren 42090] Re: art speak (tsmith)
  3. [Baren 42091] Re: art speak (Louise Cass)
  4. [Baren 42092] Re: Exchange 47 ruling from your manager (Louise Cass)
  5. [Baren 42093] Re: Exchange 47 ruling from your manager (Sharri LaPierre)
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Message 1
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2010 14:13:46 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42089] Re: 9/11 project....redefined..."Survivors"
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Suzi writes: "My son is a Marine..."

I have a slightly different take on this....I too have a son who is a US
Marine and while he has not been overseas yet I know he is right now
conducting field exercises in extreme conditions and that at anytime his
unit can be deployed and put in harms way. I too hate wars and the killing
of so many people and fear for my son's safety.

A few months ago my son was home on leave between assignments and he
came home late and caught me working on a print for exchange #44 ( ).....he
looked at the design not too excited and with a bit of sarcasm said:

"pop.......there is a war going on....our troops are in have
a son who is in the Marines and who has endured some of the hardest
military training ever......and all you can come up with is a print of a
stupid bird ?"

After we had a good laugh what he said made me think about my art work and
what statements (if any) I make as an artist........when it was time to
design an image for exchange #45 I dedicated the print to my son and to
all the other young people who like him have chosen to serve and protect
their country andfind themselves away from home.

There has been enough response and interest to do a project......not to
revisit the tragedy of 911 but perhaps to explore other related
themes....some have mentioned the title of "Survivors" which would be
open enough as a theme to cover any number of related topics and
views....many have mentioned a book format (which has never been done at
Baren) which would allow for the inclusion of text such as poems and
articles. We'll announce some more details and put up a signup page in the
next few days.....stay tuned....

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Message 2
From: tsmith
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2010 14:15:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42090] Re: art speak
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How would we know what we're doing without critics to explain it all
to us?
Thanks, Visa.

Trudi Smith
200 Woodlawn Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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Message 3
From: Louise Cass
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2010 15:06:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42091] Re: art speak
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Viza - I know this is not about printmaking but it is
about ART which prints are/should be about.
It's a terrible time to be in 'the art game'! -there are
more doing it everywhere than ever before and all wanting to
show and sell - a friend earning a living in another field
but looking to a 'career' in art just spent close to $4000
participating in a show that brought him nothing at all!
This is why many are desperate to produce 'innovative'
stuff which results in those loony parodies of 'art speak' -
trouble is some performances and installations are good ?!
We all have down times and rejection slips are to be
rejected -just keep enjoying the adventure and reward of
doing it! BTW I very recently saw Julian Schnabel's new film
'Miral' and after turning out some muchpraised films he's
getting a total all round panning -think how he feels!
There's a super show of his work at the AGO in Toronto -
some good some bad according to our tastes but I find him a
sincere, hardworking artist who actually deserves his notoriety.
Louise C.
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Message 4
From: Louise Cass
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2010 15:12:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42092] Re: Exchange 47 ruling from your manager
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Kristine -I was delighted to finally receive my package
(Ex #45) yesterday - it was stuck at the Post Office for a
week as the original delivery notice had disappeared -
should there have been a colophon with it? unfortunately I
can't make out all the signatures?!
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Message 5
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2010 19:05:46 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42093] Re: Exchange 47 ruling from your manager
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For Moku Hanga I would say "any pigment that is water-borne". (That
does not include tube printing inks that are water soluble and
intended to be used with brayers as in Western relief printing.) But,
it does mean Akua color (not intaglio), watercolor pigments, pigment
dispersions, powdered pigments mixed with water and alcohol, etc. It
is the manner it is printed as well as the pigment that is important:
it is brushed onto the block with either rice paste or
methylcellulose, and printed onto damp paper, usually a Japanese paper
as opposed to a Western rag paper, but some people use BFK light
weight. Generally, it is burnished by hand with a baren or similar
appliance, but you can run it through a press if you're so disposed.
Did I miss anything?

I enjoy participating in the MH exchanges, but they are generally in
the winter and between Thanksgiving and Christmas (and we always
travel to our kids place at Xmas), I find very little time to work on
the print until January. Granted, I could be better organized maybe
one of these years I will do that... or I could give up writing the
holiday newsletter, holiday decorating, cards, cooking, making gifts
or shopping for them... the list goes on and on. Life just keeps
getting in the way of making art. Dang. I need a good old fashioned
wife who will take care of all those things. Another solution to the
dilemma is to try a different technique for any one of the exchanges,
even though it isn't mandated. How's that for a thought?

Cheers ~