Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Starting another Rubylith piece

This is the first layer of a print I think will end up being 6 layers. It's a Ruffed Grouse.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Message to you, Ruby

This weekend Tim Gough came by and we started working on a new collaborative print. We both typically work in our own odd analog/digital hybrid ways, so when we make stuff together we level the field a bit and work with rubylith. I like how tactile it is to work with, and it always prints great, but it does hurt my brain a bit sometimes. Here's some pics:

We start by making a drawing. We both make thumbnails and talk about what we want to try and then we make a sketch to the size of the print, in this case it's 11x14 inches. We set a stopwatch to 5 minutes and then each take turns, 5 minutes for Greg, 5 minutes for Tim, etc. We draw this way til it's done. 

So then we have a drawing! This one took 20 minutes.

 This is a fresh sheet of rubylith laid over top of the drawing.
 Rubylith is two layers: a layer of clear acetate on the bottom with a layer of thin red film adhered on top. We use x-acto knives to cut through the layer of red film and pull it off of the clear acetate. Any of the red film that we leave is what will show up as ink for this layer of our print.

We cut for a while...

Always smart to make me stop for a snack or I get cranky. Tim knows this and comes prepared. 

After we cut for a long time, we have this thing! We use that to burn a screen which ends up looking like this thing:

And here's what the first layer of our print looks like! 

I would guess we have 4 more layers to do before it's done. Maybe more, stay tuned...

Friday, March 9, 2012


I used a random number generator to pick the zine winners and...

Congrats to Patch, Denise, & Annie Silvestro!

I will be in touch with the three of your so I can mail you my zine!

And if you didn't win - don't despair - you can still get your own copy from my etsy shop on the cheap.

I want to say thanks for everyone who came to check out my new blog and leave a comment! I hope you will add me to your reader, and I'll keep posting my art from all the different projects I am working on in my Philadelphia studio.

Thanks again everyone!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Zine Giveaway!

Hey there!

I am giving away 3 copies of my latest zine, KLIP KLOP #1 to random commenters on this blog. Just leave a comment below by 5pm this Friday, March 9th 2012.

I'll pick 3 winners and send you a hand-screenprinted copy of KLIP KLOP #1 - for free! By mail! For real!

Welcome to the new blog!

Hey guys! Thanks for checking out my new blogging spot. I will update frequently with all the new stuff I've been cooking up in my Philadelphia laboratory...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Trip down memory lane with Seymour Chwast

I took one screenprinting course in college - the second semester of my senior year. This was 2005. Somehow the school organized an exhibition and lecture by Seymour Chwast and he also led a class critique by some of us in the art department. He gave us a prompt, and then we were supposed to create an image. I think the prompt was “idea” or something like that - pretty open to interpretation.

Around 11pm the night before the crit I came up with my idea. I was (and am still) annoyed by how often images grabbed from the internet become uncredited parts of some artwork and wanted to make, a probably less-than-subtle stab, at a few artists in particular. So my idea was to take Chwast’s anti-Vietnam War poster “End Bad Breath” and use it as “source material” for an image which would make a point about the lazy appropriation of images from the web. So instead of a bombing in the mouth of Uncle Sam, I drew a computer screen and instead of “End Bad Breath”, I wrote “Stop Google Image Search.”

It seems pretty heavy-handed and dumb now, but at the time I was figuring out my own sense of right and wrong as an artist, and the fact that it sort of makes me cringe now just means I’ve grown right? Right???

Anyway, I stayed up that night and created hand separations for my poster and screenprinted it in 3 colors - finishing I think an hour before the crit.

He hated it.

He said he got my point, and thought the idea was funny, but he just hated that I used his image and couldn’t get past it. I think I half-sleepily protested that that was the point, but it was a crit and we just sort of moved on. In retrospect it’s sort of amazing that he even came to my tiny little school, and I’m thankful for the experience.

So that’s it! Here’s the poster:

Poster by Greg Pizzoli circa 2005, with apologies to Seymour Chwast, circa 1967 

Thursday, March 1, 2012