I went to my friend Ryan's studio in Dorchester yesterday to do some editioning. He has a Sturgess Etching press that was there when he moved in. With the help of our friend Alex we managed to put it back together, which included lifting a 500 lb solid steel press bed into place.
This is the press.
the first image I printed is called "The Curb Opened; He Was Swallowed Up."
I did an edition of 25 of these prints.
The block broke after I finished printing. I guess if there is a good time to close the edition that would be it.
The second print is called "Finding Space."
I printed 26 of these.
Ryan is a sculptor who graduated from Mass Art. This is some of his work. He uses a lot of food imagery which is at times totally disgusting. He also uses mickey mouse, minnie mouse and popeye in his work a lot of times. It is interesting to see the apporpriation of some of the most common imagery in Boston used in a new way.
I saw this on the floor as I was leaving.