Quad/Graphics “Augmented Reality: A Creative Experimentation”
Location: MIAD Room 250A/B/C and 245
Quad/Graphics, Wisconsin’s premiere commercial and interactive print provider, is excited to open its augmented reality platform to creative experimentation and play at Print: MKE. Augmented reality (AR) creates a bridge between our physical world and virtual worlds, holding the promise of changing the way we interact with information and the world around us. In this sequence of three, four-hour workshops hosted by Quad/Graphics and supported by MIAD faculty, conference participants will learn to create content that responds to and layers an audience’s experience of original and pre-existing 2D and 3D artworks. Learn the ins and outs of what makes an image trackable and how to connect 3D models, information graphics, animations and videos to scannable imagery. This series of workshops will culminate in an interactive installation on view the weekend of the conference.
Justseeds “Uprisings: Images of Labor”
March 21-March 29
Location: UWM Union Gallery
Artist talks/presentations: Friday, March 22-Saturday March 23rd, 9:00am-5:00pm, free and open to the public.
Justseeds SGC project involves turning the gallery into a print factory. Print editions based upon the theme of labor hang from the sky, individual and collaborative work occurs on the ground, and artists align their work with local and international social justice movements. Included in the evolving installation is Justseeds artists, the Combat Paper Project, guest artists, and a two-day schedule of artists’ talks and discussions about art and activism. All talks are free and open to the public.
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 24 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, and work collaboratively both in and outside the co-op.
Dumbo Press “Death Metal Press!”
Location: MIAD Room 199
Artist: Eric Fuertes, John Medina, Andrew Smith and Ross Turner
Dumbo Press will unleash fire and brimstone upon all that attend the 2013 SGC Conference. Forged by the devil himself, Dumbo Press, will be wielding the most sinister printing press that man has ever witnessed. Utilizing fire as an energy source, cast metal “woodblocks” and the mechanical actions of a letterpress gone mad, they will forever burn images into your mind, paper and soul.
William Kentridge Projects: DK Printshop
Thursday 1:00pm – 2:25pm & 2:35 – 4:00pm
Location: PSOA, FIne Arts Building, rm 302
This special presentation will showcase the state proofs and matrices for William Kentridge’s recent projects at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kentridge’s primary printers, Jillian Ross and Mlungasi Kongisa will share their experiences working with William and behind-the-scenes stories of how many of the images for the Nose and his newest series Universal Archive developed, from the inception of the project to its completion, the technical details, how the pieces fit together and overall what is was like and is now like working with William Kentridge.
Thursday March 21, 2:35 – 4:00pm (printing project), 4:00pm – 5:00pm (ride)
Location: UWM Spaights Plaza near the Studio Atrs and Craft Center – UWM Union
Organized by Jeremy Plunkett, this project is a collaborative effort of conference goers and community to spread awareness and find “cyclical” similarities in the world of printmaking and bicycling. The bicycle is a simple and instinctive way to facilitate transportation, city exploration and to record traces via photographs/stories of Milwaukee’s urban landscape. When connecting cycling and printmaking we can realize that both mediums involve the nature of revolving, both involve hard work, both can be very affordable to do, both make for healthy lifestyles, both involve grease, gears, and human propulsion, both are community, and both of these mediums are flows that keep society moving.
People will gather at UWM’s Spaghts Plaza near the Studio Arts and Craft Centre – Union courtyard where bicycles and participants can make project specific cycling tire related prints. Following the printing session, bicycling enthusiasts are welcome to join the coordinating artists in a ride from UWM’s main campus to the Kenilworth Square campus for the Open Portfolio event, where the exchange portfolio inspired by this idea will be on display.
Quiet Revolution Milwaukee
Location: Kenilworth Square East (KSE) 368
As a continuation of his internationally recognized work, The Quiet Revolution, South African based artist Richard John Forbes will be traveling to Milwaukee to complete a special project with UWM Art and Design students. Large copper plates will be installed in a public space at Kenilworth Studios on March 21st, 2013. A variety of handcrafted sculptural tops (made by the artist and PSOA students prior to the event) will be available and free to be used by those who attend the participatory and generative happening. Viewers will spin the tops on copper plates engraving a field of spiraled marks of the surface of the copper. The plates will be inked and printed as an edition of hand pulled, fine art prints on paper. The project emphasizes the abandonment of control and the onset of an interactive yet autonomous process.
Friday March 22nd, 1-5pm
Saturday March 23rd 10am-1pm
MIAD Room 270
Executive Producer and Director, Susan Goldman, founder of Midwest Matrix LLC, presents her first one hour long documentary, Midwest Matrix: Genealogy of American Printmaking: Oral History of the Post-World War II Midwest Movement. This is a substantive study of post- WWII printmaking that documents synergy among Midwest universities, workshops, and their participants. Many of these artists, who are now in their eighties and nineties, were able to continue their education through the passing of the GI Bill. Midwest Matrix allows these artists, many whom have never before been filmed, to provide accounts of their experiences, their training, their involvement with the development of print departments and studios, their art, and encounters with students.
Midwest Matrix is sponsored in part with the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hand Print Workshop International, Lily Press; The Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, Michael Gross, Owens Technologies, Inc., SGC International, and the International Fine Print Dealer Association Foundation.