Seismology 101 Postcards 73-80
- These postcards printed in April 2011 as test prints for Down a Little Dirt Road, produced by Just Theater.
- Two layer screen prints on 100lb black stock.
- Edition of 30 sent to friends, family and enemies.
- (It's really hard to take good photos of black paper)
Down A Little Dirt Road Journal
I didn’t think it was going to take a supercomputer and a team of accountants to figure it out.
The SF Chronicle reviews Down A Little Dirt Road here. I will be back soon.
From the practice of using a whistle in the taverns of Olde Englande to summon the landlord with more drinks.
Here are some snaps from the set design of Down A Little Dirt Road to whet your whistle. Have I mentioned that this is your one chance, perhaps ever, to see 136 corrugated boxes assembled together in one room? Have I mentioned the 600 square foot screen print? Have I mentioned that this play opens June 9 and runs Thursdays through Sundays until July 3? Tickets are available at brown paper tickets.
He had communicated with women online and sent them explicit photos.
My friends like to pretend that I pass my summer days lazily collecting sand dollars and breaking the law, but I will have anyone who will listen know that I recently executed the largest continuous screenprint of my life. This print makes up a floor and wall for the world of Down A Little Dirt Road, produced in my capacity as the play’s Set Designer.
How big is it? The main floor sheet measures about 350 ft2–with a few extensions including a large piece that crawls up the upstage wall, the total is around 550 ft2.
To produce this one serigraph to rule them all , we first purchased one large sheet of economy vinyl flooring from our local mega-home improvement garrison and then got to work on its backside. After a coat of Cracked Pepper Black was loosely applied with paint rollers, we got down on hands and knees to apply the screen prints in pairs, one painful square foot at a time. One person held the screen steady while the other manned the squeegee. After seven hours of this, the pattern was complete and the surface was protected with a polyurethane sealant known to the state of California to cause birth defects while wet.
Not too many days of artmaking have shortened my life expectancy like this one probably did. But the floor looks great:
Installed in the venue, I was happy with way the prints transformed the space:
Unfortunately there was a heartbreaking amount of tearing when the flooring was unrolled in the venue. The vinyl just kind of stuck to itself:
Find out how this problem was solved: Down A Little Dirt Road opens June 9 and runs Thursdays through Sundays until July 3. Tickets available at brown paper tickets. Thanks to Jonathan S., Erin B., Molly A., Louel S., and especially Maddie for all the help making this happen.
Definitely the goal is to find a house with a hot tub
I made a run of test prints from my geology book stencils. I thought I would experiment with metallic and glow in the dark inks, with the former more or less working and the latter more or less leaving me with four days of neck pain from pushing down so hard on the squeegee. (There is no glow in the dark ink in the final test prints.)
Because these types test prints often turn out better than my final pieces, I like to mail them. So I cut down the sheets into a large edition of postcards and sent them out to the usual suspects last week. This gesture of goodwill generated a bit of feedback, which expressed various degrees of incredulity.
“This anonymous person who just sent us some art in the mail started to address it to my old apartment, then x’d it out, and then sent it to our current apartment.”
“It had me a bit freaked out.”
“Thanks, but put my name next time!”
Anyway, you can see the edition of 6 here on my postcard page, where my official goal is 100 postcards by 2013.
The leading choice among homeowners and professionals alike.
This printing day was a struggle from start to finish.
I produced film positives from my images, which went well enough:
Unfortunately with a manufacturer recommended shelf life of three weeks, my emulsion was long passed expired. Screens coated with expired emulsion will usually expose, but the most magical step in screenprinting, washout of the stencil, is near impossible. This typically presents the printer with two options:
- Be smart and start over.
- Use force.
Of course a Born in the USA runaway train such as myself only has one speed: full steam ahead. And I was pissed. Not in the mood to relive my Tuesday morning, it was time to bust out the big guns. That’s right, the hour had approached to unleash 1600 Watts of heavy-duty aluminum axial cam pounding 1400 psi of unforgiving H2O through any weak-ass bullshit expired emulsion in its way. And at 651 square inches of total area, these pissant screens were about to meet (651 in2 x 1400 psi) 911,400 total pounds of punishment. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Husky 1600 Power Washer. I like to keep it handy for close encounters.
Note the difference in the washout before and after power washing. Now I had myself some stencils.
Next post: Taking it out on the card stock.
This event currently has no reviews. Be the first to share your thoughts with others.
To begin designing the set of Down A Little Dirt Road, I popped my head in the CMA Library. From the visual perceptive, the particular theme from the script that gets me most hot and bothered is earthquakes, and I found several technical books filled with engineering imagery that had me licking my chops. Even just two minutes with these books make me kind of sorry that I can’t magically change my job from teaching this kind of stuff to teaching how to make art out of this kind of stuff. But everything is okay–did you know that as an engineering teacher here, I am allowed to borrow an unlimited number of books for an unlimited period of time? That gave me a great idea for a way to make easy money over the summer.
But right now I need to start making this set. I decided that a healthy variety of technical figures from the fields of geology and structural engineering would be an interesting starting point for look of this world.
I compiled 30 pages of images into one humongous project in Photoshop, where I was able to experiment with sizing, juxtaposition, and layering (click to enlarge):
The result was a continuous image roughly 5 x 3 feet in area. That’s 15 square feet of great ideas! I have plans to use this image to produce three large silkscreens for stenciling. Looking ahead, if I get my way I think I kind of prefer to pretty much screen print the shit out of the entire set.
Tennessee fights back against Sharia law.