Alicia Candiani

Current International Randall Chair, Alicia Candiani is an Argentine visual artist who works in expanded print/digital media and architectural interventions. She is the founder and director of Proyecto’ace,an artist in residence international program focused on expanded eld printmaking practices and its interfaces with photography, design and digital media, which is located in her home city, and the president of Fundacion’ace para el Arte Contemporaneo. Candiani is a graduate of the National University of Cordoba (UNC), Argentina, where she received a Master of Fine Art and a superior degree in Architecture and Urbanism. She did postgraduate studies on Latin American Art and Art Criticism at the University of Buenos Aires and digital imagining at Iowa State University in the United States. Alicia has been invited as a guest professor, visiting artist, member of the international jury, curator and lecturer at numerous institutions over the world including the Library of Congress, Washington DC, UNESCO and many universities in the United States as well
as prestigious art institutions in Spain; Egypt, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Poland, China, Bulgaria, Canada, Portugal and Argentina. Candiani’ s work involves embodied responses to historical and geo-political constraints endorsing issues relate with Latin America history and culture – such as the territory’s conquest by the Spanish Crown, the Catholic norms and the military dictatorships bloody traces in society – as well as global concerns about migrations, identity and memory. For her presentation at Alfred University, she will talk about the strategies that she uses in her practice, which includes the production of the work, critical discourse, and collaborative art projects encompassing artists, students and communities around the world

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Litho Stones

The IEA recently acquired over 160 lithographic stones from Lake Editions of Syracuse University. The majority of the stones are of the highest quality with approximately 75% ranging from “light grey” to the most desired “blue grey” grade densities. The Stones are part of an enormous collection of approximately 2000 that were being stored at a warehouse for many decades. The stones were originally part of the lithographic stones used by Syracuse China to produce decals for their fine porcelain dinnerware. Most of the stones still have images on both sides that still can be printed.

Print Media Faculty Myles Calvert, Print Media Technician Sam Sloan-Wiechert and summer Expanded Media helper Andrew Wiechert along with Co-Director Joseph Scheer, retrieved the stones on May 23rd. Syracuse China has a long History with the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University starting in 1928 with its financial support of presenting a new kiln to the college. [3]

Special thanks to Associate Professor of Print Media Dusty Herbig at Syracuse University for help making this happen.

The addition of this many stones will allow for Alfred students and IEA artists to extensively explore color-printing techniques. Professors Myles Calvert and Kathryn Vajda are already planning to introduce this into this falls Sophomore Intro to Print Media courses.

From Wikapedia:

“Later in 1896, the company installed the industry’s first in-house lithographic shop for the “printing of decals.”[2] This made it easy for the decorating department to make inexpensive lithography of hotel and restaurant labels feasible which helped “further the company’s market penetration of the institutional markets.”[1]

  1. “Syracuse and Onondaga China Information and History”. Collectives, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  2. “The History of Syracuse China”. Syracuse Then and Now, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  3. “Report on the New York State School of Clayworking and Ceramics” (PDF). Alfred University Yearbook 1927- 28: 155–56. 1928. Retrieved 23 November 2014.

More research will need to be done on what technique was used to create the decals.  As can be seen in the images, color separations of up to 10 colors can be seen on single stones and quite close to each other. This means they must have been printed with a vehicle that the color pigments would have been applied to after printing and then assembled before applying to the dinnerware???  Aodi Liang, IEA’s archive and research support staff will record each stones images before they are ground and used. Some of the stones with special images we will preserve and not use.

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Sondra Perry

Sondra Perry is back with us this week to finish out her NEA residency. She brought the catalogue for her show Typhoon Coming On at the Serpentine Gallery in London, where the video she worked on in her last residency was debuted. For this residency she is working on generating some new sounds, and trouble shooting some new tools.

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Adele Henderson

This year we are able to offer a few artists two week residencies, and Adele Henderson is our first to have this experience. Adele is a printmaker and educator from Buffalo, who in her stay will us was able to make 11 editions and over 95 prints for two of her series Things To Do After I am Dead and Red List. She worked with both laser woodblocks and photo polymer plates, and used a variety of paper including paper from our Xuan paper project.

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We welcomed the collaborative team of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, known as Luftwerk from Chicago, IL, for a two week long residency. This was their second time doing a residency with us, and as with their first residency they continued to push the boundaries between moving image and print. They made a series of digital gradient prints on Xuan paper that move when shown with a color changing LED, and a series of polymer plate prints. They were also able to finish 7 hand-bound accordion books, and one laser etched booked.

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Barbara Madsen

Barbara Madsen is an artist and Associate Professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Madsen is known for her work in photography, print, sculpture, and installation. Her vast collections of industrial matter — spark plugs, machine parts, welding masks, light switches, rubber, plastic, prosthetics, artificial eyes, and much more – serve as the stimulus for the work. Her art employs the tropes of modernism, popular culture and objects that are consumed and discarded.Post September 11th, Madsen’s anti-bigotry billboard, “Eye 4 Eye = Blind,” was raised above buildings in Jersey City and “Revenge Never Ends” was pasted behind NJPAC in Newark.  In 2004 she was awarded a Puffin Foundation Fellowship for three banners in Washington D.C. Madsen’s banner of the smiley face with its mouth wide open, like Munch’s scream and gas mask, was hoisted over the façade of the Corcoran Museum of Art at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, across the lawn from the White House.

Her solo exhibtions include the New York Public Library, Pratt Institute, Tyler School of Art, Millersville University, St. Lawrence University, Miami University, University of Delaware, Palacky University-CZ, Graficki Collective-Serbia, Scuolal Internazionale di Grafica-Venice, ULUS Gallery-Serbia, Edinburgh Print Gallery-Scotland. Madsen designed the set for Leopold and Loeb at the Lowry Lab Theater in Minneapolis. Madsen has had over 100 national group exhibitions including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC and internatioanlly in Japan, China, Belgium, France, Spain, Serbia, Germany, Poland, India, United Arab Emirates.

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Kabi Raj Lama

Kabi Raj Lama is an Artist from Kathmandu Nepal. He is known for his large-scale Woodcuts and Lithographic works. As a resident of Boudha and living close to the sacred Boudhanath Stupa, he was inspired by the strong cultural and spiritual environment.  He believes that printing genre matches his creative tendencies, allows his emotions to easily transmit onto chemicals, ink, stone surface and paper. His recent works are bold and independent with brush movements creating raw strokes revealing the swift tendency he has developed in printmaking. He likes the idea of preparing the plates without any plans, not knowing its end result. The scale, speed and colors of these imprinted strokes speak the language of his inner motions. Kabi’s work has been exhibited internationally and he has been an Artist in Residence in Japan, China, Germany.

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Judith Martinez Estrada

Judith is a visiting scholar from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she is a candidate for an MPhil degree. Her studio practice deals with memory, and is centered around her families’ ancestral home in Barcelona.

While here Judith archived over 100 family photos and objects using our new Canon 5D R-S DSLR and our large format high-resolution scanner. She turned these into a large series of digital, wood block and fabric prints to be exhibited in Australia and Spain.

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Dave Jones

Dave Jones is famous for the work he has done building analog systems for video synthesizing, syncing, and a myriad of other media systems. However, this week he came to do a print residency with us where we began to scan, and catalogue the system diagrams that he uses to build his electronics. Dave then cleaned up the scans and turned them into large format digital prints. Along with his diagrams we also scanned several boxes of historic slides that Dave began to manipulate into stereoscopic prints.

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Adam Werth

This week we had Rochester printmaker Adam Werth joining us for a week long residency where he really put our facilities to the test. Adam used his tradition printmaking background and combined it with the new technologies at the IEA to create aquatint plates using a polymer spray on zinc and then engraving the image with our laser. He also spent time creating a large body of new work with our digital printer, and chose to really play with the intense colors that are created from purely digital imagery.

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