Thursday, June 13, 2013

IPCNY: New Prints/New Narratives

New Prints/New Narratives selected by Andrew Raftery opens tonight at International Print Center New York.  The center is showing 50 printmedia projects, including my diptych, Girl and Garland I and II.  I cherish the mission of this organization, and am pleased to finally be a part of one of its shows.

Here are two more prints from this show that I particularly love:  On the left is Yuji Hiratsuka's Wings, which is the richest color intaglio I've seen in a long time.  On the right, a still from Lynn Peterfreund's Storm in a Teacup, a short film made up of 124 unique monotypes.
Also on view is this collection of ten photopolymer/monotypes, The Road Traveled by friend and fellow Kala artist in residence, Jenny Robinson.  Printing next to Jenny is always a treat, and I'm looking forward to learning a lot from her at an upcoming residency in Nevada City at the end of the month!
It looks like the curatorial essay has yet to go up on the IPCNY website, but here is a small blurb from Raftery: This exhibition explores visual narrative and the powerful presence it has had in printmaking since its origins. The prints shown here reinvent this tradition for contemporary viewers, and were selected through careful observation of specific details and then arranged into narrative categories such as direct address, layered narrative, aftermath, layered time, and implied communication.

What: New Prints / New Narratives
Where: IPCNY,
508 West 26th Street, New York
When: June 13 - August 9, 2013
Ambiance: from inky presses country-wide to white walls, vinyl letters, New York

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Variations at Wally Workman

Today is the last day of Variations at Wally Workman.  It has been a great month, and I've been both uplifted and humbled by the support of the Austin art community.  Thank you to everyone who went to see the show, and Wally and Rachel for hosting the work.  Also, many thanks to all of the wonderful models who shared their Frida selves with me - most of your "thank you" prints were mailed this week, so you should be receiving them any day now.  Here are a few links to published reviews of the show:

The Chronicle 1
The Austin-American Statesman
The Chronicle 2
The Austin Eavesdropper
Aether Magazine

It was a blast! Now, back the old printing press...

What: Variations
Where: Wally Workman Gallery
When: June 1-30, 2012
Ambiance: to pick my favorite adjectives from the Chronicle, "badass" and "sublime"

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

the past 18 months: snapshots from the studio

The last crates shipped today and the studio is blank-slate empty.  Variations, my first downstairs solo show at Wally Workman opens on June 1st.  If you are in Austin, please stop by for some art and wine and company!

Reflecting on the past year an a half, I wanted to share some of the day-to-day ink and sawdust that would eventually become this show.  These photos remind me how lucky I feel to spend so much time doing what I love.  Thank you, to all of you who have helped make this possible.  See you at the opening!

What: Variations, solo show
Where: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas
When: June 1-30, Opening Reception Friday, June 1st, 6-8 pm

Friday, April 20, 2012

In the Aether

Catherine Zinser, the print room manager at the Blanton Museum of Art wrote this piece on the upcoming Variations show at Wally Workman.  This is the first multi-page article about my work to be published, and it was a lot of fun for me to read Catherine's interpretation of the new series.  She also explains several printmaking terms and techniques that are helpful to understanding many of the pieces in the show.  Thanks to Catherine for writing, and Rachel Haggerty for organizing this feature!

What: Ellen Heck: Printing Character, by Catherine Zinser
Where: Aether Magazine
When: Spring/Summer 2012
Ambiance: you ladies are making me look good...

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sculptural Friends

This week, two former classmates from the SAIC printmedia department showed up on Beautiful Decay (one writing, one featured). It was great to see Matt Nichols's new work: powerful, meticulously crafted, and a little irreverent. Four years ago, he did a series of paddle ball sets with the faces of tragic celebrities screenprinted to the front of the paddles. I still think of them every time a reference to River Phoenix comes up. In the same class, Easton Miller, the writer of the piece, was working on an intricate series documenting the many different types of male pattern baldness with illustrations burned into wood. I always loved the way it smelled when he was working on it. As you can see, they've both gone bigger and more sculptural in the last few years.

Also in the realm of sculpture, this time kinetic, one of the newest drawing machines from our amazing studio manager at Kala, Jesse Houlding, is on display now at Alter Space. These pieces move with the same perpetual-yet-changing persistence that allows one to stare into fireplaces or waves on the beach without getting bored. It's fun to see the first marks on the canvas in this video:

Also in this series is a set of truck drawings created by letting a 16-pound shot-put roll around on carbon paper in the bed of his truck. I hope these pieces are titled things like, "Trip to Safeway" or "Normal Commute: Tuesday, April 10." Whatever the names though, I love these drawings.

What: new work from Matt Nichols and Jesse Houlding
Where: Hungryman Gallery, and Alter Space
When: March and April 2012
Ambiance: manly men making meticulous mobile matter, meubles, and machines

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Robe at the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art has recently purchased The Robe for their permanent collection.

I'm so happy that a piece from the Plus A Century portfolio - so influenced by Cassatt's color etchings - will be housed permanently alongside the masterworks to which it alludes. And, for anyone in the Cleveland area, the museum will be exhibiting Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in 19th Century Paris in the prints and drawings gallery from October 14th, 2012 - January 20th, 2013. Stop by and be amazed!

What: The Robe
Where : The Cleveland Museum of Art
When: hopefully for a very long time
Ambiance: a real, no-kidding, serious art museum where you might need to wear white gloves...but haven't you been wanting to wear white gloves recently?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Year, New Artists at Groveland Gallery

The work is shipped (and according to FedEx, rolling through Utah at the moment) and on the way to Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, which opens New Year, New Artists on the 20th. A good way to start off 2012!

What: New Year, New Artists
Where: Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
When: January 20 - February 25, 2012
Ambiance: a warmly-lit show nestled under oxidized copper shingles on fairytale eaves