Push Pull Print III – Linda Guenste

Oh the “Galactically Famous” Linda Guenste stopped by not too long ago to “introduce” to me the idea of politics, global relations between political “parties” and the back asswards ideas that are involved. Linda has been with the Push Pull Print group 3 times now and has always delivered thought provoking creations. This includes both subject matter and the substrates they are placed on. Why should I be surprised when the same is held true for Push Pull Print III? I asked no questions when she dropped off a charcoal drawing of a monkey holding a physical tea-bag on a sheet of paper about 18 x 24. Title; “Occurro (which means counter) Evolution”

Counter Evolution……It was this title that “pulled” me away from my own head and forced me to tune in to what was going on around me outside. I tend to live in this world of invention and creation where thoughtful images organize themselves on a stage inside my head. A world only be seen by me until I can lay the thoughts on paper, canvas, sculpture or any form of visual communication. I would have to put my theatrical world on hold while I stepped outside for a few minutes to figure this out.

It didn’t take long for me to figure out that Linda is part genius. Not just this “Tea Party” reference, but her ideas and ability to visually demonstrate them in a way that just makes you stop. I got the opportunity to witness first hand a few weeks ago some of her paintings that were on t-shirts as art prints. They make you stop. They want you to understand. Their visual message is often not what you might think, but something that entirely makes sense perhaps in an abstract sense of thought. Could it be this abstract idea associated with the energy of objects that are familiar that forces our subconscious to stop and think? It’s as if we consciously think we understand, but our inner workings are thinking much deeper to search for her true message.

Check out her work at:
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October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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Push Pull Print III – Gordon Torp


The classic European automobile races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Mille Miglia were the inspiration for doing this print series. These prints are the first two in an ongoing effort not to just do a picture of the car but to deconstruct its beauty and form of the shape to produce something new.
Although the modern day racecars are technological marvels of engineering it’s my love for the craft of shaping steel, rivets, and early understanding of aerodynamics that make cars of this era true works of art.

I feel odd that these posts are often the influential thoughts and biased opinions of my own. Let me just say this regarding Gordon’s prints: If you are into the classic simplification of shape and color that screenprinting tends to be well known for then you must see Gordon’s pieces. Personally I love it, but this post is not about my opinion. But I still love the look of Gordon’s clean lines, shapes, color and compositions….

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October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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Push Pull Print III – Frank Zadlo

I’ve known Anna since high school and had access to corrupt her younger brother at a fairly young and impressionable age. Despite my lackluster efforts I have to say he turned out pretty good. So basically I guess I had little to do with him turning out well. Although I guess I could turn the table around and say it was due to my non-efforts in exposing him to influentially poor choices as a teen that that is why he did indeed turn out as well as he did.

That being said Frank came up to me at a gathering and said “I want to be in your next Push Pull Print show”

But you live in Brooklyn.

So.

So you are in…..

I really don’t like to phrase his print as simple because there is just so much to it, but on the other hand at a glance it appears one of the simplest prints we have run. His substrate he printed on is concrete. This is a first for the show. His subject ended up being 2 prints – one is a rippled piece of clothing. Like a t-shirt that is not quite laying flat. The other is a wrinkled piece of paper. We printed concrete to make it look like a wrinkled piece of paper and likewise concrete that looks like we need to smooth it out.

My intention with these pieces is to have the cement feel light with the printed images of folded fabric or krinkled paper on the surface. Chris pushed me and guided this project to produce a series of work that I’m really excited about. I didn’t know that printing on cement could be such a tricky endeavor, but with Chris’ wealth of knowledge, and after many hours in the studio experimenting, I think I ‘cemented’ a new way of working.

His pieces ended up being the most technical pieces we’ve done. We easily have over 20 hours invested into these 2 pieces of art. Please stop by this Saturday to visit:

PUSH | PULL | PRINT III

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October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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Push Pull Print III – Harry Boardman

The confabulated saga continues with Harry Boardman part II – as told by guest story teller and blogger R. Ryan Kline.

I haven’t heard from Harry in quite a few weeks, which isn’t uncommon for a man who once built a tree stand out of broomsticks & red shag carpet he bought from an old Reno casino that closed down. However, this is the time of year when I usually receive at least a postcard of sorts as to his whereabouts & wellbeing but recently nothing, not a peep.

Then, almost as on cue, at three o’ clock my phone rings, it’s Harry on the other end laughing hysterically. He is carrying on in such a manner it’s hard to hear him or understand where he is or what he is doing. I manage to make out this much.

Harry: (Laughing, almost in tears) “…I spot a gardener working quietly by himself and minding his own business. Unbeknownst of my presence I crawl into a thick lush heavily overgrown ivy bush with a piece of hose and set up for a quick laugh. After a few moments the poor gardening man makes his way closer to my section of yard. Hiding and breathing ever so soft I can feel the innocent presence of the unsuspecting gardener. Just as his dirty soil stained hand is with in reach I hiss at him and slither the hose in his direction posing as an angry snake. I’ve never heard a grown man swallow his own tongue but if there was such a horrific verbal sound such as stuck saliva trying to be swallowed and a voice box reaching out for help synchronized, then I’ve heard the noise that comes closest. He stands straight up in a state of absolute shock not because a fake snake terrifies him but because he now realizes that I’m hiding in the bushes purposely trying to scare him. Me, a grown man, crawling from the bush .I can’t help but laugh at him. I make no effort to apologize, in fact I don’t even make eye contact, I get up, laugh and walk away leaving the gardener behind absolutely stunned.

Ahh, nothing feels better than a good scare, wouldn’t you say Ry?”

“ Harry, hiding in bushes?” I inquisitively respond “and where are you?” trying to downplay the hysteria.

Harry still bellowing with laughter hangs up the phone but not before I hear him say in the fading distance “The look on this guys face was priceless & it’s not even lunch time yet…”

Click.

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October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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Push Pull Print III – Jonathan Hertzel

Jonathan is a three time returning artist to the Push Pull Print screen printed art show. For those of you who are new to the show I started this idea about 2 years ago where I wanted to take artists and/or creative people who are not necessarily screen print artists and work with them in converting their art into screen prints. For me I wanted to bring a renewed life back into screen printing. I’ve been at it for over 20 years and it has become my business. My business of making money and doing what other people want me to do. I needed to rejuvenate my love for the craft I had seemed to be losing grip of over the last few years from doing the same thing day in and day out. And this time I want to work with creative minds. People who are in the game not necessarily for the money, but for a driving passion to create. I like ideas.

I get the impression that Jonathan likes to explore. Explore shape, movement, the existence of mass and the non-existence of mass. Working with Jonathan and his energetic take on creation of mark making and mass offers us soooo many ideas. I can feel as if I am dropped in the middle of the idea with the problem to solve of where does it go and/or where has it been? His screen prints resemble his brush mark which resemble his sculpture. It’s a transposing discovery of dimensions that just leaves me in the middle. I am wondering where does mass begin and where does mass end? It seems apparent on one isolated screen print, but what happens when we introduce his other bodies of work? I begin to wonder and create the ideas of WHERE does this 3 dimensional sculpture simplify it’s form and become a print?

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October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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Push Pull Print III – Esther Sternberg

Esther is becoming another Push Pull Print success story. I had the opportunity to meet Esther at the 2011 New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival. She was a visitor at my booth and I showed her a postcard for the then upcoming 2011 Push Pull Print event in Newtown. She said she wanted to participate in my next show. The 2011 show entries had already been closed so we needed to wait an entire year.

I contacted her in about 6 months to start prepping her for the next show.

What do you know about screen printing? I asked. I don’t recall exactly her direct response, but it boiled down to barely anything. Can you stop by so I can show you the process so you can get an idea as to what it is we will be doing? She was more than willing to do this. Great! Where are you coming from and what does your schedule look like? Esther told me she lives in Staten Island New York….(I’m in Doylestown, PA at least an hour and a half away). Ahhhhhh…..ok…..well I would hate to see you come down here just for 10-15 minutes of time.

I ended up sending Esther some Youtube links of general screen printing videos that I thought best represented an introduction to the process we would be going through. I feel Esther truly pushed herself on this project as she truly had no idea what was involved. AND she did a 3 color print which means she traveled from Staten Island New York on 3 different occasions!!!

I also mentioned Esther becoming another Push Pull Print success story. I saw she has a show coming up in Newtown, PA and is placing artwork in New Hope, PA. 2 locations she was not in prior to becoming involved in the Push Pull Print screen printed art show. Be sure to check out her efforts and wonderful piece!

PUSH | PULL | PRINT III

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October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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Push Pull Print III – Eric Fausnacht

Eric is a Push Pull Print success in the making. I had met Eric about 3 years ago at an art show and then again through a company that I had been doing a lot of work for and he was doing the same. Our paths were meant to cross.

The success. Eric participates in art shows and craft shows just about every weekend of the year. Traveling from here to there. Setting up a tent with all his artwork and packing it back up at the end of the event. The first 2 Push Pull Print screen printed art shows he came to me with ideas he thought he could sell in his booth at these events. They did OK, but he wasn’t thrilled with sales. After the second show he came to me with another idea. This time it was pillows. Not being familiar with his market I wasn’t sure this would work too well either, but definitely gave him credit for trying. He would photograph farm animals and then ask me to manipulate the photos in photoshop to give them a graphic edge. Almost along the lines of Andy Warhol, but a little different. We would then screenprint them on to blank pieces of fabric which he would sew into pillows. His sales began increasing and increasing with the addition of the pillows. With sales increasing his ideas grew and grew and with that so did sales. After a few short months of pillow success he asked me to consider partnering up with him. I discussed it with my wife because this was not the first time I was or had been asked to be part of a genius world domination monopoly plan.

I had begun Push Pull Print as a way to challenge artists, but not abandon them with the idea. Challenge them to step outside of their normal working mediums. Push your boundaries. Eric had done just that. Not familiar with screenprinting or even myself for that matter he had bestowed his trust in my craft and ability to help him reach for higher success. I wanted to be a part of this artists’ success. I joined together with Eric in April of 2012. Less than 6 months. Pillow sales alone have been about 25% of my typical annual sales volume for my regular screen printing business which I have operated for about 20 years.

I strive to help the artists who participate be successful. It can be monetary, self fulfilling to create or a combination of things. Push Pull Print is open to everyone. It’s free and fun. Join us and enjoy with us our successes together.

PUSH | PULL | PRINT III

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October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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Push Pull Print III – Ed Martson

This is Ed’s first time being in the screen printed art show Push Pull Print. A resident of Bucks County and a talented painter his work can be found at Twenty-Two Gallery in Philadelphia. Ironically enough this is where Ed and I met. I had taken the train down to visit a show there and was introduced by our mutual friend Eric Fausnacht. In a few weeks Ed reached out to me and asked to be in the Push Pull Print screen printed art show.

SURE!

I met up with Ed and was impressed with his drawing of a bay on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island. This was to be his print. A very well done drawing of the bay he had drawn in October while standing in the rain….It was a challenging scan to make as well as the detail to hold on screen. If you get the chance stop by this Saturday and visit Ed and his screen printed piece on slate.

PUSH | PULL | PRINT III

is coming to Doylestown, PA

October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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Push Pull Print III – Carol Murray

Carol is a 3 time returning artist for the Push Pull Print screen printed art show. Some of the artists find a substrate and just stick to it. They are drawn to a particular look and style. I think Carol’s look and style is being created through the depth of thought, process and material. I’ll do my best to explain what it is I am talking about.

Her first images from the first PPP event were of an old photograph of her father on record albums.
Her second images from the second PPP event were a screenprint of Carol on glass which she placed objects and paintings behind the screenprint. In both instances I saw an effort to show depth as in both material and thought. The depth of material is being created by the use of transparent screen prints revealing (partially) an object or image behind. Personally this resonates a glimpse into the artists’ thoughts. A portrait exhibiting part personality beyond the actual photo of a person. Carol has changed her subject matter from person to landscape this time, but (again my personal take) she brings more depth and thought to the piece by use of transparency and opacity throughout the work. As I watch Carol work she doesn’t just load the screen with ink and pull the squeegee for a simple pass. It’s through accident and deliberation she reveals to us a depth to the process by mixing inks in and off the screen to be pulled where they reside or where she chooses them to go. Very interesting and pleasing pieces. Check Carol out at:

PUSH | PULL | PRINT III

is coming to Doylestown, PA

October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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Push Pull Print – Caleb Nyce

Caleb is a two time returning artist to the Push Pull Print art show. I had the great pleasure of being a mentor to Caleb while he was a senior in high school. Interestingly enough I would spend a good deal of time showing Caleb how to prepare art.
We start with a sketch.
We refine the sketch.
We scan the sketch.
We redo the sketch in a digital format (on the computer).
It is now clean and we are able to share it with the world. We can print it, post it online, share with friends. Do whatever we want with it. Many months were spent on this process, yet I was extremely pleased to see Caleb was one of the few artists who truly did nothing digital. All his separations were done by hand. His original sketch was done by hand and did not rely on the tool of a computer to refine it. 6 colors done the “old fashioned” way. The way I used to do it. A nice little push to not lean on my crutch. Thanks Caleb. Join him and the other 20 artists this Saturday:
PUSH | PULL | PRINT III

is coming to Doylestown, PA

October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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