Christian Bazant-Hegemark Etching and drypoint on Hahnemühle Plate size: 29,3x21,2cm collaborating printer: Patrick Wagner
Sneak preview of the most recents plates Christian made when visiting me in Helsinki. All plates are steelfaced, currently editioning. Sweet sweet drypointing, really a sensual pleasure to print them! <3
They’ll be on show in Vienna this autumn, with quite possibly some more sneaks appearing here this month. Keep your eyes peeled!
Shamelessly stolen from Niels Borch Jensen’s Printshop Facebook page - photos posted yesterday, a sneak peek on new prints by Georg Baselitz. Mette being the collaborative printer for this project, she’s been printing at NBJ for over 25 years!
Anyway, Baselitz. Can’t say I like him very much, not before the “women can’t paint very well” statements, and even less after. One wonders a bit if he has the same sexist ideas about the gender of his collaborative printer. In which case I think it would be fun if she just folded up his plates into paper planes copper planes and threw them out of the window.. One can dream, now can one?
Soo a little while back I was posting about Klinger’s “Eva und die Zukunft” suite of prints. It featured a large feline, some narwhal surfing (best take on the Deluge ever) and A&E getting expelled from paradise.
The print shown above, from the suite ”Oeuvre Priapique“ was made by Dominique Vivant, Baron de Denon. Aka the “Eye of Napoleon” aka the first director of the Louvre aka Musée Napoléon. Back then the job description for Napoleon’s #1 art guy included a considerable amount of looting aka curating the art spoils of war, making sure the collection in Paris was above all others.
But enought about the guy, on to the print: Paper size ~8x10cm, gorgeous take on the expulsion from paradise! Maybe not en par with the draughtsmanship of Klinger, but such a nice etching of a swift kick in the butt by an angel! Now GTFO!
The amazing CBH is still visiting BHP, and we’re dilligently working on our upcoming edition. Nothing much to write, just a whole lot of drypointing and proofing going on. See pictures. Now that I’ve refilled my Sodium Hydroxide supplies there’ll also be a lot of steelfacing over the next few days, so stayed tuned for More News from Nowhere Helsinki.
It’s finally some kind of spring in Helsinki, and the amazing Christian Bazant-Hegemark is back in town for a week of excessive printmaking. We started with day off, I took my students to Rastila Beach to celebrate the end of the term with a campfire and night swimming in the sea. Christian was having none of my day off shenanigans and took some plates to the beach..
Without further ado: en plein air drypoint videography. Oh yeah
If you grew up in Germany sometime within the last 55 years, it’s impossible to not know Janosch, or his creations, the bear and the tiger, the tiger-duck, Popov, Antek Pistol, so many wonderfully odd figures. A couple of years ago I discovered, much to my surprise, that Janosch didn’t only illustrate just about everything, no, he also makes etchings.
I’m still not sure where exactly they are printed, but I like them nevertheless. They are maybe not high brow printmaking, but done wonderfully - one can see that in this case artist and medium clicked right away. Posting these now because I finally found some proper resolution images online here. (Follow this link for details to the etchings pictured above. Oh Janosch..
Patrick Wagner The Last Graveyards (detail scans) etching and chine-collé on cream Hahnemühle paper Helsinki 2013
Probably the worst tipped hat made to Ad Reinhardt’s Last Paintings ever, these scans show details from three of the (for now) final Graveyard Prints I’ve made. Etched copper plates, printed with white ink on black Ingres paper, chine-collé together with assorted Asian papers on cream / very off-white Hahnemühle paper.
While I love working on those plates and printing chine-collé <3, I have to admit that by now I’m pretty exhausted by the subject matter (as hinted at in my last post about it, from this January), or rather: my interpretation thereof. So for now taking a break from mementoing mori.
BlinG is the alias of British player Samayan Kay, playing for Team Dignitas. The photos were taken backstage at the ASUS ROG Assembly Winter 2012 tournament in Helsinki. Valerie chose to arrange 4 shots for this photogravure, an idea that I was initally sceptic about, but really grew to love during plate making and proofing.
The MotB is thought to be a dutch engraver active around the ~1464. Little is known about him, so not much for me to write here.
Pictured above the Wheel of Fortune on the left, with a blindfolded Fortuna turning the wheel - at the highest point of the wheel one is a king, at the lowest the fall into the open grave. On the right there is a Tree of Life growing out of a boat, its stem is being gnawed at by possums and Death below with his bow, picking from all layers of society.