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Indirect Magic: Strategies in Linocut – Tate Klacsmann
August 20 - August 24| $800
August 20 – 24
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $75
Class limit: 6
This class is currently filled. Please call (845) 658-9133 to inquire about the class wait list.
Relief carving is a technique historically valued for its capacity for intricacy, detail, and high reproducibility. In this class, we’ll view the action of carving as an indirect gesture of the artist. When we carve a line, it is the material left behind, the uncarved surfaces, that lead to the final marks of the print. Participants will create relief prints by taking linoleum blocks from conception to final printing.
Through image production, carving, and varied printing techniques, students will investigate the versatility and magic of relief printing. Based on the artistic vision of class participants, content will expand to include shaped plates, investigation of narrative through multiple plate printing, mirror printing, and added color. Tate will demonstrate the safe use and maintenance of carving tools as well as a variety of options for image transfer and block preparation. The level of difficulty varies widely based on the attempted block’s complexity, so this course is appropriate for all experience levels.
Loving beauty more than efficiency, T. Klacsmann first meticulously carves each living thing that appears in his work in wood or linoleum. Some of the resulting relief prints are further developed with paint, ink, and color pencil to become mixed media collages or parts of room-scale installations; other prints are scanned and layered using graphics software to become digital collages. His work represents the uneasy feeling of discovering beautiful life forms in an unsettling environment. His collage, “Nocturne #1” received the 2014 Medal of Honor in Mixed Media and Walinska Memorial Award from the National Association of Women Artists. His work “Self-portrait as Queen of Bluebirds” was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition held by the National Portrait Gallery.
He completed certificates in Green Printmaking at Zea Mays Printmaking, and Graphics and Animation at University of North Georgia; an MFA at Johnson State College with the Vermont Studio Center; a Masters of Art History at the University of Glasgow with Christie’s Education; and a BA at Yale University. His work has been shown nationally and internationally and is included in the permanent collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art, the flat files and archives of Zea Mays Printmaking and the Miriam Shapiro Archives at Rutgers University. He has been an artist resident at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Women’s Studio Workshop.