4.07.2011

Super geek...

steamroller printing
Excuse me for a minute while I turn into printmaking super geek (that's my super-hero name). As I mentioned yesterday, our little family went to SUNY Brockport for a day of printmaking fun and I thought you all may like to see the photos that PRH took. The printmaking block itself was a sheet of 4 x 8 feet MDF that took him 2 months to carve. It took the students about 5 to 10 minutes just to ink the block. A base sheet of plywood was on the ground and then, once the carved block was inked, they put a sheet of canvas on top...

steamroller printing
steamroller printingmade sure it was positioned properly, smoothed it out, and cleared the way for the steamroller. Then that awesome yellow beast ran over the whole thing...

steamroller printingand they had one print! They repeated it four times and here are PRH's giant prints...

steamroller printingHere are all of the prints drying in the atrium of the art building...

steamroller printing
I know that I don't mention it often, but my PRH is an artist. You can see more of his work here.

31 comments:

Kim Rosen said...

Wow!!! Absolutely amazing!

Heather MK said...

That is SO COOL.

Bethany said...

That's awesome!!!!!!!! I love it! I also want to steamroll something now :)

Roseanna said...

I love it, impressive work!

spoon said...

These prints are really great--and what an awesome opportunity. Thanks for sharing photos!

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

that's great. wish I had seen it, but good to see you and the kids!

kristin said...

A STEAMROLLER?! That is so awesome.

ziazia said...

awoseome!
just as i was observing the fisrt photos i was asking myself "what did they use to press the canvas' and voila! would've never though of that.

Angeline said...

Than you for sharing PRH's work-really cool!

Cassie said...

awesome!

ladaisi said...

Oh this is SO COOL! I would love to do this. And I loved seeing you guys do it.

Ladaisi Blog

curlygirlpress said...

How totally brilliant! I'm a printmaker too, though I haven't done anything in way too long. My little table top press feels abandoned, and rightly so. This is so inspirational - thank you for the show and tell. So inspirational.

Casey Craig Art said...

FUN!!! Wish I could incorporate using a steamroller into my painting process.

Stacy said...

What happens to the prints? Will you guys get to keep one? This is so cool!

Meghan said...

The steamroller is wicked cool, but I'm more impressed with the intricate craving! Beautiful.

Pistachio said...

Ha! That is great!!

erin michelle said...

my god, that;s the coolest scholar's day presentation ever. was it like the twilight zone in there? i sorda miss school kinda not really but kinda. mostly just i miss alisia and tim and not having a mortgage. xoxoxox.

Mandy said...

cool as!!!!xxx

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Wow! That is amazing.

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Chantal said...

Brilliant. I'm so glad you shared this. I would never have thought a steamrolled print was possible. Great idea.

compulsively compiled said...

This is so amazing! How did they keep the ink from drying before the canvas was able to be put on? Did each student make their own block? I love that at school you are with people who love the same art form and can get inspiration from each other!

Julie Wasson said...

I saw this in the D&C yesterday. I never realized you live close to me. Im in Rochester. Wish I had gone to this

Erin said...

Wow, that is incredible!! I can't even imagine how you would go about carving that. Way to go PRH!!!

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Thank you all for your comments! Wow! :) We do get to keep one of the prints and then the rest will be donated to collections.

Erin- it was def. twilight zone. The print room smelled the same. :)

compulsively compiled- they used an oil based ink so it takes a really long time to dry. There were four blocks- two by alumni (one of whom was PRH), one by a Brockport professor, and then one collaborative student print. Pretty awesome.

Julie Wasson- Yup! We went to Brockport (and even lived in Rochester for a little bit). Now we live in Owego, NY- about 3 hours from Rochester. We visit as often as we can though. :)
xo,
Abbey

Nancy said...

Holy cow. That's amazing!!!! I was somehow afraid that the canvases would get all dirty and smeary from the steam roller and ground, but it looks as though they worked out perfectly!

Patty said...

I'm just a mere print-geek wanna be, but Holy Moley, I love this!

Stephanie said...

those are fantastic!

Janee Lookerse said...

WTF!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Ok now I've done some rather large prints, but THAT is insane!!!!! SO FREAKING COOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Woah, I'm totally freaking out. Those are SO huge! Bravo. Bravo. Congratulation, he wins, everything. So cool.

xoxo
Janee
yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com

Janee Lookerse said...

Hi again! I just wanted to let you know I used one of your photos in my "inspiring images" post today! Here is the link if you'd like to see: http://yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com/2011/04/motley-crew.html. Thanks for sharing!

xoxo
Janee

Bryan said...

that is amazing....I would have loved to witness that in person!

Jennifer hill said...

this is very very cool.

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