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Nexus Visiting Artist Workshops

Karen Kunc Master Class // From Block to Book

October 8-16, 2016 (full schedule here)


This hands-on workshop goes from printing color reduction woodcut images that become the pages of a hand bound book.   Quantities of pages will be generated using the woodblocks for an edition or with a monotype approach that steer the book structure and presentation.   The book as an edition or as a unique object will be explored.   Low-tech methods for text printing will be introduced, and paired with beautifully printed images from woodblocks, using oil-base and water-base inks.  All will be brought together for a bound or accordion folded book.  We will also generate a unique collaborative book with a contribution from each participant that plays with visual sequence and the unexpected new content from juxtaposition. The goal is to create artists books that generate a multi-level sensory experience. Concepts for invention and good fun will be directed in a collaborative atmosphere, while being inspired by master printmaker Karen Kunc, who opens the creative process with insightful mentoring. 

Limited to 10 participants // a syllabus and supply list will be forwarded at a later date

Sponsored by the Laila Art Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

Karen Kunc Artist Talk: The Big Questions

October 7, 6 -9 pm, Honolulu Museum of Art School


In her talk Karen will present her work and concepts as a printmaker, covering a myriad of influences, her wanderlust, and her thoughts on “being”. The talk will be immediately preceded by potluck refreshments for the artist starting at 6pm; Karen will begin her talk shortly after 7pm.

About Karen Kunc

Constellation Studios Director Karen Kunc has exhibited and sold her work around the world for more than 30 years as a professional artist. A renowned artist, teacher and mentor, she has established a reputation internationally in woodcut printmaking and book arts, both as a producer and teacher.  Kunc serves as the Willa Cather Professor and Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has taught since 1983. She is the founder the school’s Under Pressure Print Club — a community-based support group for UNL printmakers.

Alex Lukas

Alex Lukas residency: October 21-30, 2016

Alex Lukas is a Pittsburg-based visual artist working in print, sculpture, drawing, and installation, among other media. He is known for his zine and artists’ book production under the moniker Cantab Publishing.

During the week of October 24-28 Alex will be in residence at the Honolulu Printmakers studio as part of Nexus: Print & the Artists’ Book.  Alex will be working with a group of McKinley High School students on a collaborative zine project utilizing our new risograph duplicator. The risograph is an somewhat obsolete office duplicator that is emerging as a powerful production tool for artists and independent publishers. Alex will be also be working on an independent project of his own in the studio.

Those interested in meeting the artist and seeing him work can check the Honolulu Printmakers’ facebook page during the week of his residency to see when he is scheduled to be available in the studio. Another opportunity to see his work will be during the Impressions16 Book Fair on November 25-27 at the Honolulu Museum School, where Cantab Publishing – Alex’s imprint -- will be a featured publisher.

Alex Lukas Artist Talk

Alex will be giving a free artist talk on Friday, October 28, at 6 pm, speaking about his influences and ongoing research, focusing on prints and multiples, and probably touching on naming and graffiti markings as a means of defining space removed from the certainty of time.

Sponsored by the Laila Art Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

Tiny Splendor // Risograph Production for Printmakers

November 25-27, 1pm-4pm daily


Join Berkeley- and LA-based zine publisher Tiny Splendor for a crash course in risograph production for printmakers. Learn about the risograph here and here. This workshop is intended for moderate to advanced printmakers, and while not required, knowledge of digital image editing software is a plus. The workshop will be held in room 200 in the Honolulu Museum of Art School during our Impressions16 Print & Book Fair.  All materials are included in the workshop fee. Max Stadnik of Tiny Splendor has provided the following description of the class he will teach:

In this workshop you will learn the basics of Risograph printing - from prepping your imagery to print, operating the machine itself, printing multiple color layers, and many of the technical aspects involved in getting quality results. We will focus on printing a two color image on a single sheet that can be cut and folded into an 8 page zine. Each participant will leave the class with a working knowledge of Risograph printing and come away with a finished zine. Depending on attendance we may do a zine exchange with all participants in the class.
Some background in printmaking will be helpful but not necessary. The first class session will be largely devoted to prepping your imagery for print - with this in mind and for the sake of time please bring in an image that you would like to work with for the first session. This image can be anything from full color photographic to basic flat colors or line work. If you have a laptop with photoshop bring it in - it is not required but will be helpful. You may also bring in drawing materials or any other things that you like to use to make imagery.


Sponsored by the Laila Art Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation