Art Show

My friend Justin is having an art show this Friday from 6:30-9:30 at 1932 S Halsted, #408. I'll be showing a print there too, but unfortunately won't be in attendance.

Also, Justin is in the hospital with appendicitis. He called me once yesterday afternoon complaining of stomach pains and again at night to tell me he was in the hospital getting his appendix removed, so there's that. He at Palos Hospital if anyone is interested in visiting him. He should be out Friday morning in time for the show.

Poster Artists

My friend Justin started screen printing a while ago and has become quite popular and at the same time exposed me to this world where you can buy great original art for $25 or $30. Not too bad. Anyways, here are some of my favorite artists.

This is probably my favorite working artist at the moment. His name is Daniel Danger and he works out of San Francisco. Here's an interview with him and another impressive artist with a similar style, and he's an exhibit that both of them are in right now.

Here's a guy named Justin Myer that makes intaglio prints from photographs. Quite amazing.

These next three are probably the most prolific Chicago area printers, or at least the ones I tend to see the most. This is Jay Ryan. He's definitely the most famous gig poster screen printer out there.

This is Jay's wife Diane Sudyka. She also has some wonderful etchings and gig posters.

This is Dan Grzeca (pronounced Jetsah).

Here are some others too:

Jason Munn, The Small Stakes, minimalist but clean and well put together.

Nate Duval, just really original and all of his designs are quite different.

Bennet Holzworth, uses a letterpress to make very unique posters. I have the Modest Mouse one and it's amazing in person.

Update on Process Photos

I first blogged about this here.

Since then I've continued to document a few of my friends who are doing interesting things. Among them are my brother brewing really good beer, Justin making silk screened art prints and gig posters, Ben playing professional online poker, and a group of my friends recording an album. Which from what I've listened to is quite impressive. I'm very fortunate to have interesting and productive friends.

These are my film photos of Justin printing. I'll post some of Ben and the band later.

Justin masking off a screen so that ink doesn't go through where he doesn't want it.

Justin registering the print; making sure the screen contacts the print in the same spot so the different colors line up.

After exposing the screen the unhardened emulsion must be washed away.

Here the ink on the screen is being exposed to UV lights to create an image.

Lots of Art

Just posted a new print on Etsy. It's of the EL tracks in the Loop.

Also, I've been taking a few process/documentary style photos lately, so the other day I took photos of Evan brewing beer and Justin (who's website is linked at the top right also) doing some screen prints. It's a bit more involved than I imagined, and he's way more of a perfectionist than me. You can tell my photos are handmade. There are imperfections everywhere. Film leaders just look too sweet to crop. But Justin will toss a print at the slightest sign of a blemish. Fascinating stuff.