waiting to be inked…
at Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Dirty Dozen: The Outlaw Printmakers just opened at The Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, in Rochester, New York.
The old notions of high and low in the arts has been cast aside. Here we have an artform – for the people, by the people, and for the printmakers.. These “printners” owe a debt in equal share to Durer, Daumier, and R. Crumb. “Dirty Dozen: Outlaw Printmakers just drove into town sporting an “Affordable Print Fair” – where you can get a handmade print for a little over what you might pay for a cup of coffee at a Starbucks. Or maybe you might opt to watch as your next tee shirt is printed right before your very eyes.. The woodblocks used to print the shirts looked well worn, and were about two inches thick, all of this goes into the press and ink on the newly printed tee shirt dries quickly. Woodcut was a method Durer used over 500 years ago and it still is a technique of choice as demonstrated on opening night of this exhibition.
Tom Huck leads a discussion
about his art and life at RoCo
The graphic arts are alive and well as one looks around The Rochester Contemporary Art Center.
Saturday, April 5th the artists gather for a talk about their work on exhibit, and we can experience once again their creative process and glean some insight into what powers these people. Tom Huck has the timing of a stand-up comedian, and as he said on Saturday, he is into social commentary. His art on view( a grand triptych that took years to create ) is self-referential, and as woodblock prints go, it is heavily textured down to the lacy edge that had to be hand cut for every print in the edition of twenty-five.
Drive By Press opening night
and it is back to work, rolling in ink..
Tom Huck says that he wants his triptych to be very rare ( he keeps the numbers of prints in an edition rather low ) but the content and subject matter is very suggestive and somewhat aggressive. Tom Huck says that if he “wasn’t doing his art he’d be taking hostages…”
He may be on to something as he expresses himself with dark humor – making much of the traits he says he shares with his idols that include Goya, Hogarth, and most notably Albrecht Durer. I might also add that some of his images remind me of a cross between Max Beckmann and R. Crumb.
Tom has also been a teacher and a mentor to some of the other artists in this show including Ryan O’Malley, and the artists of Drive By Press.