Toward What Sun? Volume I, ten photogravures by Philip Van Keuren, are now available in portfolios.
Clamshell boxes to house the ten photogravures in Volume I, published by Manneken Press earlier in 2016, have been produced by Jace Graf of Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, TX. The beautifully crafted boxes are covered in silvery-gray bookcloth with the title in black ink debosssed on the front, and also include letterpress-printed pages with the titles of each print and a colophon with information about the project.
Philip Van Keuren’s photographic images are prompted by everyday observations that reveal the world as sublimely beautiful while simultaneously unknowable. Since 2009 Manneken Press has been making copper photogravure plates from Van Keuren’s 35mm negatives. In 2016 Van Keuren and Manneken Press co-published ten of the photogravure prints for Volume I of Toward What Sun?, the first of four planned volumes of editions printed from the archive of the 40 photogravure plates that have been made to date. Seven prints from each edition are available singly, with the remaining five available as complete sets of 10 prints housed in a custom portfolio case. A new volume of ten prints will be issued annually.
The images are 12 x 8 inches, hand-printed from copper photogravure plates on Hahnemuhle Copperplate paper in editions of 12. Portfolio dimensions are 19″ x 14 3/4″ x 1″. View all of the prints in Toward What Sun?, Volume I here.
A new series of mixed-media monotypes by Carlos Andrade.
Artist Carlos Andrade arrived at Manneken Press from his home in Cali, Colombia, just a few days after our return from the E/AB Fair. I have worked with Carlos at Manneken Press on several different monotype projects since 2009, and we were printing together as early as 1996 in my studio in New York. Carlos has always been interested in using vernacular materials in his paintings sculptures and installations, and we have previously incorporated materials such as color-xerox copies, printed religious ephemera, and synthetic meshes and fabrics into his prints. This time he arrived at Manneken Press with a bagful of festones, the colorful plastic triangular flags which are strung up in strands for street festivals in Central and South America, wanting to use them in his prints. He had flags in an array of transparent colors, which when overlapped, created interesting new colors.
After spending a day adhering the festones, with their strings still attached, to paper we had about 12 sheets to work with, ranging in size from 30″ x 22″ to 60″ x 44″. We spent the rest of the week printing and creating a new series of wonderfully textured, unusual and very typically “Andrade” monotypes. Once the prints are dry and have been documented we will add them to the website.
A wonderful article by John Yau on Richard Hull’s recent work was published in Hyperallergic this weekend. The article discusses Hull’s current “Stolen Portraits” series of paintings and drawings and includes a number of images of very recent work. Link to the article here.
Richard Hull produced a pair of etchings and several monotypes in this vein at Manneken Press in 2015. Hull’s prints can be viewed here, and in person at the upcoming E/AB Fair at Manneken’s booth (B38).
Mary Judge signed her two new etching editions last week.
We are photographing the two new prints, various color trial proofs and state proofs in preparation for getting them up on the website. The prints will have their public debut in Manneken Press’ booth (B38) at the Editions/Artists’ Books Fair next month in New York City.
Mary Judge will be showing new drawings in a solo exhibition at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY, also in November.