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Whats That?

As many of know, for the past 7 weeks or so I have been doing this project that I call “I Hope This Makes You Happy“. Pretty much it involves me creating a 6×6 drawing each week and putting it up somewhere around town. The other day I decided that I want to included something else with each drawing. Its a 4×4 card that I screen-printed. I’m pretty stoked with how they turned out. The only way to get one is if you find one of the drawings, and if you do find one I Hope It Makes You Happy.

-nick v.

Happy Card
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3 color screen print

the “in” crowd…

This past weekend I decided to venture on a quest to figure the whole registration thing out with screen printing. It seemed simple enough, I just never really gave it a try. All of my previous prints never really required registration and the ones that did, I just eyeballed it because I was only making one or two prints.

For this print I kept it two colors. I assembled the image using various drawings from my sketchbook that I have been wanting to use for some time now. The registration went rather smoothly thanks to some pointers from Sean Tucker, but the fact that my squeegee was not big enough turned it into a rather frustrating experience. Luckily in the end, I was able to obtain a larger squeegee and finish the prints. I kept the run fairly small and ended up with about 7 decent prints. 

Also, be sure to check out Art Walk downtown tomorrow night! Jimmy will apart of AIGA’s Atomic Sketch in the Old Library, and our friend Karen Dessire will be showing her work at the Printing.com store. 

 

- nick v.

 
the “in” crowd
11 x 16.5
2 color screenprint

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Beards and Brushes show at Bogda: Sat Sep. 5th—8pm

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For anyone that gets a chance to go, we both have pieces that will be in this show as do a few of our friends. Come out and join in on the expressed joy of facial hair.

—The Fridge Guys

My other shirt is a V neck…

Ok this past weekend a friend of mine, Nick Heath, asked if i could make him some shirts for him and his friends. He wanted the shirts to say “My other shirt is a V-neck”. It’s simply a joke they had between each other. It’s in response to the countless number of kids that you see wearing v-neck t-shirts everyday. Anyways, I thought it was pretty funny so I hooked him up with some shirts. 

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The shirts I made for him were white with black ink. I forgot to take a picture of them, so last night i made another one. This time I printed white on black. I came across some white opaque ink I ordered a while back and hadn’t tested out yet. The ink looks good on the shirt, but the it is extremely thick and dries with a quickness in the screen. Such a nightmare to clean. 

 

That wasn’t the only shirt I made this week. As some of you might already know, Jimmy and I submitted art work for the Beards & Brushes art show. We talked about how funny it would be to have Fridge shirts that had mustaches on them, so I went ahead and made a few. 

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These aren’t official fridge shirts mentioned earlier. We came up with these to help promote the Beards & Brushes show this coming up this Saturday, since we are participating in it. Plus a fridge with a mustache just looks kind of funny. We are only printing them this week. UPDATE: we are selling them for $5. If your interested in getting one just shoot me an email: nickv@artbehindthefridge.com. Make sure to include the size.

 

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ALSO,  we are participatingin the AIGA sponsored Atomic Sketch tomorrow, Wednesday September 2nd ,at the Downtown Art Walk. Make sure to come check this out. It’s taking place from 5 to 9pm at the Old Hayden Burns Library located at Adams & Main St.

Participating artists & designers include:

 

Hope to see you there!

-nick v.

Workshop: Screen Printing

IMG_0010Sean Tucker of the Dalton Agency, and co-founder of Dog & Pony Showprints, along with Tonya Lee put together a workshop for the students of The Art Institute of Jacksonville. The art of screen-printing, commonly associated with the work Andy Warhol, is a medium that we both respect and strive to learn more about in an effort to become better, well rounded, artists and designers. Thanks to the knowledge and genuine dedication to bettering and helping young artist/designers of both Tonya and Sean, we feel that we are headed in the right direction. Tonya is an amazing painter, dedicating much of her time as an instructor at The Art Institute of Jacksonville. Sean has been a major influence and mentor to both of us over the past year—we are also huge fans of his and Tim’s amazing poster designs.

IMG_0003IMG_0002Lets go into a little bit about our background in screen-printing. Nick has been experimenting with screen-printing since high school back in 2005 by doing assortments of T-shirt designs as well as experimental art pieces as displayed with the Mustache Bandits. He still feels like he has much to learn, but has mastered the art of facial expressions. Jim has only recently discovered screen-printing primarily through working with Nick and from two previous workshops with Tonya and Sean. Jim has even much more to learn, taking each failed attempt as a learning experience.

The workshop was a huge success across the board. Our friends had some great prints and everyone there had an amazing time and rewarding experience. Below are some of our prints from today. As you can see, the direction of today’s workshop was based off exploring the Warhol style of combining image and color.

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Also, look for Art Behind the Fridge T-shirts coming soon.

—The fridge guys

Obama, Fairey, and the AP…..hmmmmm

So I had to do a project for my Art History class. Everyone had been talking about this whole Sheppard Fairey copyright infringment thing. It was brogught up in Art History and in my Copyright Law class. So I decided that for my project I would do my own version of the famous Obama poster that we all know so well. But instead of just copying it i figured i would throw in some things we talked about in class. 

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This was the original sketch, but after discussing it with Jimmy, I decided to change it up a bit.

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This is the second sketch I did, and the one I decided to go ahead with.

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Sheppard Obama
3 color Screen-print on Newpaper collage
11in. x 15in. 

And this is the final product. A 3 color screen print on a collage of newspaper clippings. (all of which were cut at random, the stories I cut up have nothing to do with the Sheppard Fairey, Ap lawsuit)

It’s a popularity contest!

So another election has come and gone, and yet again most of us flocked to vote in America’s biggest popularity contest. Anyways I know that this is all old news, but back around the time of the whole election I did a screen print of all the candidates names listed on the Florida ballot. I was amazed that there were 13 candidates running for the office of president, mostly because all you ever heard was, “Obama this…” and “McCain that”. And since there were 13 different candidates, I decided it would be cool to somehow arrange the names in a way that somehow represented an American flag. 

This screen print was an experiment for me, considering that all screen prints I had done up to this point were on t-shirts. And instead of printing on paper I decided to print it on a canvas with a collage of newspaper clippings about the election.

Here are some pictures of my process for you. Enjoy.

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Unfortunately for me, I am not blessed to own a light table in which I can burn my screens, and until I can build one, this is how I must do it. It’s a pain in the ass but it gets the job done.

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Here is the screen after I burned the image and rinsed it out.

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This was definitely and experience for me and I loved it. I learned what works and what doesn’t. Unfortunately and I had only one chance to get it right, and although there are some minor flaws, it actually turned out kind of cool.

-nick v.



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