Contact Jack Arthur Wood Jr. @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Transmogrify Print Portfolio Exchange is an effort to establish a dialogue between artists working in relief printmaking, as well as other mediums. In a modern context relief prints remain a DIY fixture. I find punk rock in printmaking, and this is what keeps me carving. The artists we've curated to participate in this exchange are dedicated to making art that is an extension of themselves or their beliefs, is provocative, and pronounced. In chosing participants I chose artists who, for the most part, I know personally to be dedicated to their practice.
My name is Jack Arthur Wood Jr. I graduated from Guilford College last May with a Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking and a minor in Religious Studies. I am currently the artist in residence at Tiger Lilly Press in Cincinnati, OH. I work almost exclusively in relief. I make Lino cuts.
The creative process of organizing this portfolio is someting I could have never imagined when it came to me. I didn't understand the hole I was jumping into. Through the help of friends and mentors, who've been more kind than I could properly express, I've learned a hell of a lot. The process of this project has been full of snags, more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. Each artists work has affected me. I want to establish a conversation among this group of artists, making them, and the public aware of one another. Transmogrify is going to be an incredible collection of diverse printmaking, centered around relief processes.
The eventual goal of this project is to have an exhibition of the work accompanied by demonstrations, printstallations, and an all around punk rock, printmaking extravaganza. We have much to do before considering an event or series of events.
There are several expenditures that we cannot cover without your generosity:
- In order to achieve our goals of building approximately 30 archival portfolios, and printing the colophon, we will require a substantial supply of archival materials as well as facilities.
- Additionally we are obligated to ship the artist’s work to us, and back to them in the form of a portfolio.
- In the process of organizing this exchange we’ve found that traveling to printmaking events around the U.S. is the best way for us and our artists to stay engaged with the project.
- Finally it is highly likely that in order to build the archival portfolios we will need to travel to a print shop with adequate facilities, space, and resources.
What We Need & What You Get
We need your help for the purchase of several things.
- Firstly we are going to build approximately 30 archival portfolios of book board lined with blue velvet on the outside, and paper on the inside. Archival materials are not cheaply acquired. As much as we will save by buying in bulk, and by minimizing our expenses by being resourceful and equally frugal, we cannot cover the costs alone.
- Secondly we are obligated to cover all of our shipping costs. We are going to ship most of the artist's work to us, while some editions will be personally picked up from the artists. For instance Derrick Riley resides in sunny Lexington, KY. He is close enough, an hour and a half drive away, that the Transmogrify team will make the trip to acquire the edition. Other artists however, Marc Brunier Mestas for instance, live across the ocean, or across the United States. Their work will have to be shipped to us. Shipping approximately 30 prints, safely, is not cheap. Once we have all of the editions they'll be reassembled into the portfolios, one work from each edition in each archival portfolio. At this point we will have to ship the portfolios back to the artists. Again, some of them will be driven.
- Thirdly we have quantified, through this creative process, the fact that the best way for us to ensure that our artist's stay engaged in this project is through personal contact. Frequently we have traveled to printmaking events involving Transmogrify artists, to participate and volunteer in a mutual passion. As much as these adventures are thoroughly enjoyable, we take them very seriously, we don't mess around, and so far we've been paying for them out of pocket. As we take on more though, we can't pay for all of our travel expenditures, especially considering we are generally taking time off of work to be present. Furthermore, the printing of the colophon and assembling of the portfolios will require a space larger than any of those currently at our disposal. We will have to travel to manufacture our final product, and stay there for an estimated week to two weeks. We are currently in the process of negotiating a studio space for production.
For as much as we are asking, we have provided a smorgasboard of attractive original prints as donor incentives. The majority of these were acquired through trades. I have personally depleted my entire stash of large format linocuts that comprised my undergraduate thesis at Guilford College. I approached the artists offering them one large print and two smaller prints. I put tubes together and sent my work away, most of which has never been editioned due to paper costs. In return I recieved a tidal wave of quality work from most of the Transmogrify artists, however, I will keep nothing, save one print from the tube of approximately 12, sent to me by Julia Curran. Additionally Southpaw Prints has provided us with 25 limited edition concert posters featuring an incredible list of the finest acts in rock 'n roll. The incentives we have acquired are incredible. You get original artwork, not a key chain, not a tote bag, not a letter opener, but ORIGINAL PRINTS. Fine work from fine artists that we believe in.
Through this campaign we hope to accomplish several things:
- Learning, the lessons have been metafold, may they continue to enrich us.
- Greater community, printmaking is survived by community and sharing, we will contribute to the continuation of community as an institution of printmaking.
- An incredible collection of prints. We have done everything possible to ensure that this portfolio is an incredible collection of relief prints. Eventually we hope to tour the collection in conjunction with events and printmaking demonstrations open to the public. Any extra money raised will support an event(s). We have begun building a database of gallery spaces around the United States, but because we don't have any of the work in hand, haven't approached any of the galleries.
- Prints for you! As much as this project is about our group of artists sharing in an awesome portfolio exchange, we want the prints we have gathered from transmogrify artists to make their way into your homes.
- Transmogrification: through hard work, sleepless nights, and the DIY experience, we hope to achieve something great. By contributing to our project you provide us with the means to bring this portfolio into the world.
Other Ways You Can Help
Just because you can't justify making a contribution it doesn't mean you are helpless to help us. You can help make this dream a reality by letting people know about our project. Post us to your facebook, twitter, tumblr, wordpress, blogspot etc. Share our endeavor with the world in any way you see fit!