Sep 042017

We were lucky to have Phillip Stearns with us this week. Phillip produces both physical and intangible works, performances, and experiences using electronic media. His practice spans several disciplines from creative coding and physical computing to interactive light and sound installations, computational weaving to performances using light and sound.

During his residency here Phillip experimented with multiple processes including metal patinas that he attempted to etch with our laser cutter.

Here are a few images from his residency, he also did an Instagram takeover to document his process that you can see by following us @alfred_iea.

Quick results with vinegar and different salts. Boric acid is strong stuff!

Combining two projects – Visualizing conflict zones with Z-fighting from “Year of the glitch” and DEM imagery I started working with during my residency at @hsduesseldorf earlier this year.

Sep 022017

The IEA has an Instagram account! Follow us at @alfred_iea to stay posted on current and upcoming artists, events, sneak peeks into our archive, and artist IG takeovers.

Still from processed video

The IEA was joined by Tammy McGovern, of Buffalo, NY, as our artist in residence over the week of June 26th. Tammy, who holds a BA in media study from SUNY Buffalo, has shown her film, video, installation, and interactive works in venues at Hallwalls, Visual Studies Workshop, and the Malaysian Institute of Art, among others. Her interactive works are viewer driven experiences that combine aspects of static collage and cinematic stimulation. Pulling from sources varying from poetic texts to manipulated samples from game shows, Tammy’s work becomes an interactive experiment exploring the grey areas among a viewer’s desires, creations, and readings.

Throughout her week at the IEA, Tammy worked across the image processing tools in the IEA’s video studio to process her own video work and stock video to produce new recordings. The various functions of the Doupfer coupled with the MVIP were used to manipulate the properties of these videos along with the warping and transitional effects of Vizzie software and the 4k mixer. The resulting work comes in the form of colorful, flickering, warping videos which will see future life in Tammy’s web based art works.

Below are images from Tammy residency:

Tammy at helm of video studio

Tammy at helm of video studio

Still from processed video

Still from processed video

Still from processed video

Still from processed video

Still from processed video

Still from processed video

Still from processed video

Still from processed video

Still from processed video

Still from processed video

Intaglio print

The IEA welcomed Catherine Miller, of Williamsville, NY, as our artist in residence over the week of June 19th. Catherine, who received her MFA in from SUNY Buffalo, focuses on the maze as a symbol in much of her work. Inspired by the challenges foreign refugees face, the maze serves as an analogy to the trials of navigating various bureaucratic systems and legal and personal challenges to reach political asylum in the United States. She works with Mylar for her drawings and, for her print work, constructs etchings with multiple plates consisting of silk collagraphs, solar, carbordum and relief plates. This process of color sequencing and reordering plates produces one of a kind prints that organically produce the maze like designs she explores in her work.

During her residency, Catherine worked across laser etched wood block and acrylic plates, photo polymer, and digital prints to produce works from her maze design series. These varied in size from 12 x 18″ up to 48 x 48″ and on various papers and presses. The stand out were the polymer plate prints, which nearly mirrored the hand drawn quality of the drawings that served as their source material. Catherine brought all of her blocks and plates with her back to WIlliamsville and intends to further work on these prints in the coming months.

Below are images from Catherine’s residency

Laser cut wood blocks and digital printing in progress

Laser cut wood blocks and digital printing in progress

Catherine preparing a photo polymer plate for printing

Catherine preparing a photo polymer plate for printing

Intaglio print

Intaglio print

Relief Print

Relief Print

Photo-polymer print

Photo-polymer print

Digital Print

Digital Print

Digital Print

Digital Print

Digital Print (before water bath processing)

The IEA was joined by Bob Erickson from Piseco, NY, for an artist residency over the week of June 12th. Bob, who received his MFA from Illinois State University in 1987 and has work in permanent collections of over twenty national and international galleries and museums, finds inspiration for his work from the world around him in the Northern Adirondack Mountains of New York State. In his North series, Bob captures captures the big and the small and removes the scale, creating images where the image could be a pile of sticks or the view of the sky through the tree line with no way to distinguish between the two. While the images look abstract at first, a closer inspection reveals tells of the source material through the earthly tones and mottled backgrounds that hint to the tree branches, mosses, and rocky outcroppings from which his images are derived.

During his residency, Bob spread his time across stone litho, photo polymer, acrylic plate, and digital printing with imagery from his North series. Besides widespread use of nearly every press and technique available in the shop, Bob’s most ambitious project was his treatment of the digital prints. Bob prepared a bath with sediment, dyes, and washes and set the digital prints he produced into these baths to absorb impurities as well as have the sediment stick to the surface once the paper was retrieved from the bath. This technique resulted in prints that looked both digitally produced and hand made at the same time.

Below are some images from Bob’s residency:

Various prints and tests including stone litho and polymer plate prints

Various prints and tests including stone litho and polymer plate prints

Bob (right) with print technical specialist Tim Pauszek examining a polymer plate print

Bob (right) with print technical specialist Tim Pauszek examining a polymer plate print

Drying digital prints given the water bath treatment as described above

Drying digital prints given the water bath treatment as described above

Photo Polymer Print

Photo Polymer Print

Stone Litho Print

Stone Litho Print

Digital Print (before water bath processing)

Digital Print (before water bath processing)

River Rat

The IEA welcomed Donald Hải Phú Daedalus from Bronx, NY, for an artist residency over the week of June 5th, 2017. Donald, who received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, invents tools to arrive at new ideas for his work. These can be workflows, physical instruments, or methodologies and may aid in creating a project, be the project in of itself, or lead to new works altogether. With the theme of suspicion throughout his work, second guessing what he hears, sees, and reads, Donald creates work in sculpture, video, and artist books to test the authenticity of the world around him.

During his residency Donald spent is time across two branches of his ongoing Illinois River Project work. The first was further editing a video piece already in progress which focuses on the methods of cleaning the water and soil around the Illinois river which involves studies for high levels of lead in the areas that often see residential areas butted up to industrial areas, the technologies surrounding extraction and use of bone meal from invasive carp species to help remediate the soil in these areas, and the culture that has developed around this almost ceremonial expeditions to catch these carp. Additionally, Donald printed and bound an artist book titled Waging on Aging Centurions, which took the form of a 754 page stab-bound book with themes of the artist’s travels and his train of thoughts and ideas while moving through these locations.

Below are some images from Donald’s residency

Illinois River Project - River Rat

Illinois River Project - River Rat

Waging on Aging Centurions – Bridges

Waging on Aging Centurions – Bridges

Waging on Aging Centurions – Highline

Waging on Aging Centurions – Highline

Waging on Aging Centurions – Another Atlantic City

Waging on Aging Centurions – Another Atlantic City

Waging on Aging Centurions – 6 1/2 Avenue

Waging on Aging Centurions – 6 1/2 Avenue

Waging on Aging Centurions – South Beach

Waging on Aging Centurions – South Beach

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The IEA was joined by Blake Marques Carrington for an artist residency over the week of May 22nd. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Blake holds an MFA from Syracuse University and works across a wide range of media including digital printmaking, audiovisual compositions, live visuals to accompany performances, and video installation user self produced custom software – all falling a heading he calls “Speculative Forensics”. Focusing on the question “can information be lost?” Blake often translates his creations from one medium to another, asking the question of how accurately it could possibly return its original form.

During his residency, Blake spent the majority of his time with the Doupfer synthesizers, creating entirely new works as well as mixing and processing his own tracks through the inputs on these instruments. Blake brought in in own recordings and made new recordings here including making use of a prepared piano which happened to be in the studios. These recordings will be mixed for a new album Blake is currently producing as well as used in future performances and collaborations.

Blake at work in the studio

Blake at work in the studio

“Angels + Noise” 30 second sample (work in progress).

Images from Super-8 tapes being used for Renate's book

The IEA welcomed Renate Ferro as our artist in residence over the week of May 15th. A Professor of Visual Arts at Cornell University, Renate frames herself as a conceptual artist who toggles between the creative skins of old and new technologies. These are actualized through forms such as installation, interactive net-based projects, digital time-based media, drawing, and text. Often engaging with the concepts of memory and disclosure, Renate’s practice conjoins the making of art out of life’s materials and life’s materials out of art, blending the tactile material world with the networked, immaterial world.

During her residency, Renate explored her archive of video work from her Super 8 film and early low-resolution digital video projections, which she had previously experimented with image making from these sources on older technology via printing on various substrates with dot matrix printers. At the IEA she began work on an artist book derived from these images using our large format printers to print on heavy stock Japanese papers. These prints will ultimately become pages of a small edition of books to be stab bound at a later date.

Below is a selection of images from Renate’s time at the IEA.

Renate working with IEA Co-Director Joseph Scheer on new prints

Renate working with IEA Co-Director Joseph Scheer on new prints

Color Tests

Color Tests

Renate speaking with IEA Co-Director Peer Bode about her new series

Renate speaking with IEA Co-Director Peer Bode about her new series

Renate speaking with recent EIA graduate Jessica Earle about her thesis book

Renate speaking with recent EIA graduate Jessica Earle about her thesis book

Images from Super-8 tapes being used for Renate's book

Images from Super-8 tapes being used for Renate's book

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The IEA hosted Zorica Colić as a resident artist over the week of May 8th, 2017. Zorica’s work researches how contemporary life is structured and manipulated, with particular emphasis on the implications of the biopolitical management of human life. Through various hybridized forms of display, her works explore the complex relationships between politics, art and consumer worlds, examining how our lives are regulated or defined by taste, by products, and by mass-distributed role models. The goal is to identify new ways to subvert normative mass culture in order to re-contextualize images and signs that have become inflated from over-proliferation.

Throughout her residency, Zorica focused on a new series of work spinning off from her series titled Well-beings. In this new series, Zorica shot video as well as still images of different parts of her body while assuming yoga poses. These clips were then cut up, fragmented, and recombined, in a similar manner as Well-beings, to create figures in these poses with various textures derived from other parts of her body with a lean to grotesque textures and forms. Zorica intends to further process this media in her own studio.

Below are images from Zorica’s residency:

Recording Setup

Recording Setup

Zorica working with IEA co-director Joseph Scheer on video images

Zorica working with IEA co-director Joseph Scheer on video images

During her residency Zorica also explored some print work using her video images

During her residency Zorica also explored some print work using her video images

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Video Still

Video Still

Video Still

Video Still

Video Still

Video display of video work from Snowing in the Bush

The IEA was honored to host Michael Kempson, Nicky Crayson, Jenny Robinson, and Miranda Metcalf for two weeks spanning January and February 2017. The event, Masters of Intaglio with a Touch of Jazz, brought together an international assemblage of master print makers, a gallery director, and jazz singer for a residency filled with presentations and discussions, workshops, and a multi-media performance.

Michael, of Sydney, Australia, and Jenny, of Los Angeles, CA, are master print makers with extensive experience with intaglio print making techniques. In addition to extensive time on their own work, branching out into laser etched woodblock relief printing, both artists held public workshops to share their knowledge of intaglio printmaking and different methodologies they employ, and Michael held a public lecture to speak about his organization, Cicada Press, its founding, and its efforts to reach out to the Aboriginal communities and open up the facilities Cicada Press has to them, while also allowing for collaboration with the students at the University of New South Wales. Both Michael and Jenny currently have their work from their residencies on display, Michael’s show entitled Work and Play at Chung ya Feng Art Center in Beijing (website is in Chinese) and Jenny’s show entitled Constructs at the Davidson Galleries in Seattle, Washington.

Michael and Jenny's collection of laser etched wood blocks they produced and printed

Michael and Jenny's collection of laser etched wood blocks they produced and printed

Michael inking up one of his wood blocks

Michael inking up one of his wood blocks

Koala print and block by Michael

Koala print and block by Michael

Everyone gathered around the offset press with Michael's image

Everyone gathered around the offset press with Michael's image

Koala print by Michael

Koala print by Michael

A day's work

A day's work

(left to right) Michael Kempson, NYSCC professor of Printmaking Myles Calvert, and Nicky Crayson with photo polymer print by Nicky

(left to right) Michael Kempson, NYSCC professor of Printmaking Myles Calvert, and Nicky Crayson with photo polymer print by Nicky

Jenny's plates for a nine plate intaglio print

Jenny's plates for a nine plate intaglio print

Tim working with Jenny on polymer plate prints

Tim working with Jenny on polymer plate prints

Multi-block wood block print by Jenny Robinson

Multi-block wood block print by Jenny Robinson

Joe and Jenny with a nearly complete multi-plate polymer plate print

Joe and Jenny with a nearly complete multi-plate polymer plate print

Jenny held two workshops, one on creating inexpensive, non-tocix, dry point plates for intaglio printing, and another demonstrating her techniques for collé printmaking on fine Japanese and Chinese papers. Michael provided insights on how to produce multiple color intaglio prints with proper registration, allowing for CMYK processes which can be difficult to do for beginning print makers.

Inexpensive dry-point demo

Inexpensive dry-point demo

Jenny demonstrating the cutting techniques for the inexpensive dry point plates. This technique utilizes stiff paperboard and polyacrylic finish as a plate in lieu of more expensive ant toxic materials.

Jenny demonstrating the cutting techniques for the inexpensive dry point plates. This technique utilizes stiff paperboard and polyacrylic finish as a plate in lieu of more expensive ant toxic materials.

Jenny inking a dry point plate

Jenny inking a dry point plate

An inked plate by Jenny

An inked plate by Jenny

Paperboard plate and finished print

Paperboard plate and finished print

Completed non-toxic, inexpensive dry-point intaglio print

Completed non-toxic, inexpensive dry-point intaglio print

Jenny giving her demonstration on collé printing on Japanese and Chinese papers

Jenny giving her demonstration on collé printing on Japanese and Chinese papers

A small scale demonstration of collé printing with fine papers

A small scale demonstration of collé printing with fine papers

A larger scale demonstration of collé printing on Japanese and Chinese papers. NYSCC print technician Tim Pauszek assists Jenny with her demonstration

A larger scale demonstration of collé printing on Japanese and Chinese papers. NYSCC print technician Tim Pauszek assists Jenny with her demonstration

A larger scale demonstration of collé printing on Japanese and Chinese papers. NYSCC print technician Tim Pauszek assists Jenny with her demonstration

A larger scale demonstration of collé printing on Japanese and Chinese papers. NYSCC print technician Tim Pauszek assists Jenny with her demonstration

MIchael's demonstration on multiple plate registration for intaglio printing

MIchael's demonstration on multiple plate registration for intaglio printing

Plates for three color process

Plates for three color process

Process for multiple plate printing. Along with a good registration sheet, the secret is to keep the paper firmly clamped under the rollers until all colors have been printed.

Process for multiple plate printing. Along with a good registration sheet, the secret is to keep the paper firmly clamped under the rollers until all colors have been printed.

A student examining a completed print.

A student examining a completed print.

In addition to Jenny and Michael’s presentations and demonstrations, Nicky Crayson and Miranda Metcalf also presented held events throughout the period of the event. Miranda, the curator of contemporary prints at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA, hosted a talk, titled Being Prepared – What to do before Approaching Galleries, in which she spoke about what artists need to prepare before approaching galleries with artwork and how to present their work in a professional environment after leaving school. She also met with students individually to speak with them about their work and how they could make themselves more likely to successfully get gallery representation.

Nicky, a jazz singer from Sydney, Australia, collaborated with NYSCC Electronic Integrated Arts MFA students Matthew Underwood and Jesse Earle, along with musicians Daisy Wu and Ken Maracek to put on Snowing in the Bush, a multi-media performance which involved improvised musical performances between Nicky, Daisy, and Ken, and a final crescendo with Matthew and Jessica contributing with electronic instruments and processing the sound based on a score Matt put together. All of the while there were multiple monitors and projectors with video work by Matt which used images from Michael’s prints as a basis and was processed in real time by the sound produced during the performance. This video work was displayed on monitors after the performance in the Harland Snodgrass Multi-Media Gallery.

(left to right) Daisy Wu, NYSCC professor of sonic art Andrew Deutsch, Nicky Crayson, and Matthew Underwood meeting in the sonic arts studio

(left to right) Daisy Wu, NYSCC professor of sonic art Andrew Deutsch, Nicky Crayson, and Matthew Underwood meeting in the sonic arts studio

Matthew showing Nicky some of the tools he would later use during the performance

Matthew showing Nicky some of the tools he would later use during the performance

Show card for Snowing in the Bush

Show card for Snowing in the Bush

Photo from the Snowing in the Bush performance

Photo from the Snowing in the Bush performance

Photo from the Snowing in the Bush performance

Photo from the Snowing in the Bush performance

Video display of video work from Snowing in the Bush

Video display of video work from Snowing in the Bush

To conclude the event, Michael, Nicky, Jenny, and Miranda were joined by New York State artist and recent IEA resident artist Cassandra Hooper for a presentation or their work and discussion on their working practices, inspirations, their residencies, and the current world of contemporary print practice. This presentation, as well as Michael and Miranda’s talks, can be viewed on the AU Division of Expanded Media’s YouTube page.

Rolling an offset woodblock print

Rolling an offset woodblock print

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