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Topic: Farmworker's Rights Poster - Reduction Linoleum Print  (Read 4222 times)
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« on: April 04, 2008 09:58:42 AM »

So! This was my first attempt at a reduction printing. This is when you use the same block to print different layers for one image. Escher used it a lot, and its always blown my mind.
It still blows my mind, but I took pictures of this attempt to demonstrate that it is possible!  Mostly, it took me quite some time to get my head around the fact that the images will be in reverse, AND you need to think of shading backwards as well (carve out the white parts rather than shadow, as most of us are used to drawing the positive, not negative of what we see).

Anyhow- the subject matter is inspired by the coalition of immokalee workers, farmers in Florida who pick tomatoes (mostly for fast food corporations. burger king. ) and get paid below poverty wages. www.ciw-online.org for more info. I want to make art with a relatively strong social message, so let me know how this comes across to you....

I found the initial image of a worker picking tomatoes, posterized it in photoshop to visualize my 3 layers.
I sketched the first (lightest) layer onto my block and started carving away, leaving a textured background.

Here he is, upside down, locked into the vandercook press: the best way to be sure each layer is registered properly if you're doing multiple prints.

The first layer- I did about 35 or so, mostly on newsprint so I could post em up, raise awareness and such.

I didn't take a picture of just the second layer but its the brown color. Then I carved away everything but the tomatoes (so sad to see all that work disappear, but it's not called a suicide block for nothin)

This is the finished poster, about 11x15 inches.
The border and top half are silkscreened from a photoshopped image of workers standing in front of a pyramid of buckets. Each would weigh about 35-40 lbs filled with tomatoes, equalling 2 tons. Which is how much one worker will need to pick and haul to a truck in one day to receive $50 dollars.

Thanks for looking, a lot of work went into this project but its rewarding, I wish i could just do this stuff all day every day.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008 10:11:19 AM »

This is just... it's just so amazing! Smiley You did an awesome job.

« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008 10:31:53 AM »

i LOVE this!  LOVE this! 
(are you distributing or selling them anywhere? I want one!!!!!)
even aside from my personal desire for one, thank you for showing the process- it seems like a major amount of planning.  It turned out perfectly!
What an awesome pre-may day work of art!  so good they blow my mind.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2008 11:56:12 AM »

It has just the right amount of shock value! Your carving of the man looks like he's Mexican or Latino. I guess this would be mostly the kind of worker you'd see in FL. Great rendering. Thanks for sharing the process.

« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2008 12:45:05 PM »

I've posted some up around town and in a display on my college campus, but I've definitely still got some prints, so I'm up for trade or whatever (you can pm me hildare, glad you like it).
Its too bad I didn't make a ton more but it was time consuming enough in the first place. Thanks a ton for the responses! the support does wonders for my inclination to do more stuff like this in the future. keep it real.

« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2008 12:34:54 PM »

I love that you use your art to make a very strong statement!  2 tons of tomatoes is only worth $50?!  I would love to get my hands on a few of these, my family and friends would love them!  Thank you for sharing your work!

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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008 03:29:47 PM »

It looks amazing, and thanks so much for sharing the process with us! 

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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008 03:30:53 PM »

Thank you all for the feedback =)

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2008 10:54:41 PM »

Very cool print. The message & style really work well together.

I have to also ask about your avatar. Is that a Daft Punk image of your yours? Also awesome.

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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2008 11:56:19 PM »


You may also be interested in another print I made (a crazy tricksy 5 layer silkscreen)

I liked making that one a lot, its just messy sometimes to get each layer to line up perfectly. And to print a solid background like that..

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