Rolled screen prints

Over the course of fifteen plus years running an art-centric print shop, I took on a lot of challenging work. Clients asked me to do things that were already turned down by a handful of other shops because no one wanted to take on the challenge. Rolled screen prints were one of tougher types of prints that I took from my client work and applied to my personal work here.

Assembled Portrait

I had a drawing that I really liked that I wanted to try printing across multiple rounded objects. I grabbed some 1″ dowels and setup my screen. The first round of prints was a total failure. I hadn’t considered how much of the image would get lost between the dowels. I recreated the film with overlapping image portions and rerolled each of the pieces. The results were cool and I just had to figure out how to display the piece.

Geometric screen

I wanted to use the what I learned from the portrait piece and figure out a way to not lose so much of my image behind the rolled surface. I decided to work with an image that could be broken up, spaced out, and still read as a whole. Rifling through my archives, I pulled a geometric design and worked on setting up the film. This piece was created for a show called Bless This Mesh that featured all screen printed work. I decided to mount the final piece on a used screen to go extra extra.

Rolled CMYK

The last of this set was by far the hardest of the three. I wondered if it was possible to do a 4-color process print and roll it onto wood. The last two pieces were done on 1″ dowels and I wanted something more substantial for this so that there were less dowels and more image. I found something near 4″ thick and got to work on my design.

Each summer my parents backyard comes alive with different flowers my father plants. Living in the city, the contrast I see there when I visit accentuates bright colors and quiet they have. I take a million photos each time I’m there and I decided to use a set of them for this piece. I collaged together a couple different images and threw in some geometric accents.

Fast forward to actually printing these. The other rolled prints I created were all done the same way: flood the screen, flip it over, roll the substrate over the back and pull the ink onto the surface. To create a 4-color CMYK, that just wasn’t going to work. The solution I came up with was to print the 4-color print down onto a surface that wouldn’t soak up the print at all and then roll the wood ontop of that to extract the print. I think I used a big piece of plastic stuck down onto my press pallet. The results, surprisingly, worked out really well. The hardest part of this piece ended up being figuring out how to put it together and hang it on the wall!

Friends With Benefits Show

Friends With Benefits was put on by Project SF and held at the Distillery Gallery. The show involved members of Project SF collaborating with an artist friend in our community of artists, as well as showcasing that artist’s work. Josh Falk asked me to participate and I was grateful! The collection of artists in the event was superb…

I created screen prints on 4 18″x18″ wood panels, and 6 12″x12″ wood panels. Those pieces involved screen printing with wood stain and acrylic ink.

For the collaboration piece, Josh Falk and I created a mixed media diamond piece that involved screen printing, spray paint, and resin.

Design Nearby

Design Nearby took place at the Pink Comma Gallery in the South End of Boston.

I created three prints for the show, with some color variations on two of them. The Flow print (on tan paper) was a remix of another print I had made on cardboard, while the geometric prints were a style of design I had done of lot of work with years ago. I wanted to revisit that both aesthetically as well as programmatically, because the work is driven by code (AS3) and I hadn’t coded for while when I created these. And I written a line of code purely for fun in probably 4 or 5 years, so this was a fun set for me.

Painting with Prints

Four AntiDesigns team members, myself, Keith Zoo, Josh Falk, and Mikey Maker, got together to collaborate on a one of a kind screen print collage for an upcoming collective group show. Using 15-25 different pre-existing screens, the group painted 3 pieces of found cardboard using somewhere around 100 passes of the squeegee.

There is a process video of the creation of this piece available on youtube, check it out there

Roadtrip Sketchbook 2011

For one month between September and October in 2011, myself and three friends traveled across the country in a little Toyota Rav4. We traveled west from Boston along the northern side of the country, south the leftcoast, and then back east along the southern side.

I carried a small sketchbook with me, where I drew portraits while bumping along in the car, or sitting at a reststop / campsite. Some things are completely random, but most of the portraits I drew were inspired by the place we were in or the people we stayed with.

Human Powered

Human Powered Works was curated by Silvi Naci and held at Boston’s Fourth Wall Project. There were a lot of very talented local artists showing work, and the show was pretty successful.

I created two pieces on found cardboard for the event. Both were 4-color screen prints created from the characters I began drawing in the iphone sketchbook.

DPI Show

Dots Per Inch was a group show that took place at the Distillery Gallery in South Boston highlighting print makers and graphic designers. I had four 3-color, 18″x24″ hand pulled screen prints on display, as well as a 2-color 18″x24″ print framed within a silk screen frame.

A group of the exhibitors also collaborated on a wall installation that consisted entirely of screen prints.

Sketchbook Project 2010

The Sketchbook Project, put on by Art House Co-op, was a real challenge for me. I didn’t sign up for the project until the end of September, and had from November to early January to fill an entire sketchbook. I’ve never drawn so much in my life.

Each artist picks a theme, mine was “Faces in the Crowd.” Most of the stuff I drew here was from a reference image…

Carry Out Show

The Carryout Show was a group show curated by Courtney Moy and held at the Meme Gallery in Cambridge, MA. The concept was to create anything you could fit into a 3″ x 3″ ziploc bag to be sold for $10 a piece. I created a bunch of little drawings mounted on cardboard.

Capoeira Brasil Design Work

This is a collection of some of the graphic design work I did over the course of many years while training capoeira within the group Capoeira Brasil in Boston.

Various Digital

This is a bunch of artwork that didn’t fit into any other bucket.