Jodi Hays: All Together

Released Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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All Together, by Jodi Hays.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Blood:Water Mission.

Jodi Hays is an artist who studied Foundations at School of Visual Arts and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Art with a BFA in Drawing. She pursued studio and curatorial projects in Boston where she lived, then earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art. She has been a resident at the Cooper Union School of Art and the Vermont Studio Center. She has exhibited her work at venues including the Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, TN) and Boston Center for the Arts. Public collections include the J. Crew Company, National Parks of America and Gordon College (Wenham, MA). Publications include Ruminate Magazine, and Studio Visit Magazine.  Her work can be viewed through Gallery ELL (Brooklyn) and The Drawing Center (NYC). She is the 2011-12 recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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About the print:
I made this two color screen print‚ All Together‚ as part of a larger series of work leveraging landscape as a metaphor for social relationships. This work is inspired by the work of Blood:Water Mission, an organization that champions a life of a global community, bringing fresh water wells and clean blood to African villages. The rock/iceberg-like islands seem to be tied together, a metaphor for the need for both local and global relationship.

This is a two-color gocco screenprint on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Each print was signed and numbered by the artist. Learn more here.


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Why did you choose to pair the Blood:Water Mission with your print?
I am so glad to have paired with Blood:Water Mission because of their commitment to hope and action- to make our world better through their work to build fresh water wells and provide clean blood to villages in Africa, and because they are literally my neighbors in East Nashville.

What is inspiring you these days?
I saw a Louise Bourgeois exhibition this summer at Cheim and Read in Chelsea. It was a show of her fabric works which were so exquisite without being too precious. Here is a blog post on the work here from New American Painting. In terms of studio interests, I have been collecting images of huge construction projects (the fences, cranes, piles of lumber, piles of trash).

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Who are some artists you think people should know about?
These are some of my favorites of late: Christine Hiebert, Kirsten Nash, and Jered Sprecher.

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Roberta Pinna: Into the Sky

Released Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Into the Sky, by Roberta Pinna.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Roberta Pinna has been creating art since she was a small child, undertaking her studies in Italy, France, and the School of Visual Art in New York. From the hundreds of photos she takes, she picks out individuals and isolates figures from their original setting, painting them onto Gesso. Her figures are suffused in an expanse of white or colored space. Bodies are often denied any identity or relationship with their environment.

About the print:
Into the Sky is a continuation of my research into one of my favorite subjects - divers. If you look at my artworks in general, you will find other subjects and figures in addition to divers, but my intention is that my figures are always ready for a plunge (or a flight). In fact, the swimsuit is not a random choice.

Divers best express and synthesize what fascinates me: the performance of a moving body, which turns into a flight. I think that all of us at some point in life have dreamed of flying, at the least when we were children and we wanted to fly away from a certain situation, or fly into the arms of someone. We all hoped to have that special and magical power. I have kept that desire alive in me and I transfer it into my art.

Before becoming a professional artist, I used to work as a flight attendant, so there is no doubt that flight is a part of my life. I like to express flight not only in the narrow sense, but also in all of its related meanings: lightness, abandonment, strength, challenge, power, freedom, etc. Flight also brings us closer to the divine and to the mystery of what is above our heads. In other words, it corresponds to our ability to dream and hope.

This print is available in multiple sizes, and in an archival ready-to-hang version. Learn more here.


Why did you choose to pair the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation with your print?
This time, I would like to pair my print with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in order to help children by preventing and eradicating HIV and AIDS from their lives. Children are not responsible for this illness, and we should do everything possible to eliminate this disease which is transmitted to them.

What have you been up to since we last worked together?
I have continued my artistic research and began working with new companies that are promoting my artworks. But above all, the best surprise in working with The Working Proof has been the appreciation of the customers! I've received many beautiful testimonies from people who are inspired by my illustrations and who wrote to me, telling me pieces of their lives. This means the world to me, because ultimately I want my artwork to share with others some of the magical power of flight.

How has your work developed over the last year?
I've introduced new techniques and materials into my art, including new technologies. However, I always need to work with all of my senses, especially with materials and colors. It's important to experiment with new medias and to never stop too long in a "safety area". Competing with the new is motivating - you learn so much about yourself. I try to understand what is closer to my feelings, and what feeds my energy and inspiration.

What is inspiring you these days?
Recently, I look at children with more attention. I'm working on a new series of illustrations, but everything is still in the exploratory phase. I love the way they move in the world and space - the sense of surprise and wonder in their eyes, and last but not least, the magical power that children have to turn a fall into flight.

Roberta's previous (and sold out) edition, Costumata in Red

Diana Boyle: Singapore. Old Versus New.

Released Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Singapore. Old Versus New., by Diana Boyle.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Architecture for Humanity.

After growing up in Gravesend, Kent, Diana Boyle studied Illustration at the University of Brighton. After graduating, she spent a year travelling and working in New Zealand, and then returned to the UK to pursue a career in illustration. Diana is now working as a freelance illustrator in London.

Diana has worked for a number of clients, including Jones Lang LaSalle, L&Co, DAC Beachcroft, and the Natural History Museum. However, private and smaller commissions also remain an enjoyable and important part of her work.

Diana's projects range from magazine illustrations, website headers and thumbnails, to logos and large scale banner illustrations.

About the print:
After spending a year in New Zealand, my boyfriend and I travelled back to the UK via Singapore. Staying in Singapore's Little India, it was easy to be inspired by the relationship of its new and old architectural styles. My illustration comes from exploring the surrounding area - markets, shopping centres, temples, tower blocks - each street a cultural revolution in fascinating harmony.

This print is available in multiple sizes, and in an archival ready-to-hang version. Learn more here.


What has inspired you recently?
I have to say my friends. I see them slog it out day in and day out - working in the mornings and working in the evenings to produce beautiful pieces of work, whether it be photographic, a logo for a client, a coin design, or something they've investigated as a self-initiated project. They're the real thing and they inspire me to challenge myself.

Why did you choose to pair Architecture for Humanity with your print?
I chose to pair my print with Architecture for Humanity, because I think that a charity that works to bring people together under one roof, whether it be a school, a home, or a community centre, deserves our support.

Additional drawings from Diana's Singapore trip.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I love how art can affect the every day without necessarily being dramatic or overly controversial, just by being a talking point, or a common ground. For example, I loved the figures Antony Gormley produced as part of his exhibition Blind Light in London, and placed in seemingly random parts of the capital for Londoners and tourists alike to discover. Brilliant.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
David Gentleman. He has a way of making his illustrations seem effortless - as if they had just been waiting to be born to the page. His variation in technique and documentation of the world around us is mind-boggling to me. I could learn quite a lot from him.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Without question, Nigel Peake. His architectural background and obvious playfulness in his illustrations just work. His take on the everyday is extraordinary. His book 'Sheds' just blew me away when I first opened it, and I have been a devout follower ever since.

Ready-To-Hang large scale prints!

We are very pleased to announce that we are working with Plywerk to produce large scale, archival quality, ready-to-hang print editions. In addition to the 8x10 and 11x14 editions, we will now be offering 16x20, 24x30, and 30x40 editions whenever possible, for editions produced by The Working Proof.

These larger scale editions are printed with archival inkjet inks on acid free, 308g Hahnemuhle Satin Photo Rag paper. The prints are mounted on ¾" sustainably grown and harvested carbonized bamboo. The bamboo panel comes with a keyhole slot on the back for easy hanging. You can learn more about the panels here. As always, 15% of each print sold will be donated to the charity of the artist's choice. Enjoy art + charity!

Timothy Karpinski: Lost At Sea, and That's Fine By Me

Released Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lost At Sea, and That's Fine By Me, by Timothy Karpinski.
15% of the sale of this print goes to The Kids in Need Foundation.

Timothy J. Karpinski grew up near the Appalachian Trail in the woods of New Jersey. As a child he was obsessed with building forts and damming streams. As time passed, skateboarding and art entered the picture. To this day, Karpinski still spends much of his time building forts, damming streams, skateboarding and making art. Inspiration also comes from his love of music, typography, gardening, children’s books, graffiti, and his love of nature and science. All of these elements are reflected in his work. Karpinski is that rare combo of ‘dreamer’ and ‘doer’. Many encompass one of these traits, seldom both. He is a master of wit, a lover of folk and owner of one of the finest art reference libraries this side of the Mississippi. Karpinski is currently living the dream in Portland, OR, where he runs Together Gallery, holds down both a fort and a sailboat...and somehow still finds time to make some art and dam some streams.

Karpinski’s work has shown with Whitewalls (San Francisco), Compound Gallery (Portland), Flatcolor Gallery (Seattle), Together Gallery (Portland), Thinkspace Gallery (Los Angeles) and Lab 101 (Los Angeles) to name but a few, and has also been profiled in such high profile events as Brave Art 2007 (Whistler, BC) and at art fairs including GenArt Vanguard 2008 in Miami with Thinkspace and last December’s Aqua Art Miami with White Walls and Shooting Gallery.
- Andrew Hosner - Thinkspace Gallery

About the print:
This piece is titled: Lost At Sea, and That's Fine By Me. It is one of the bigger, more heavily layered pieces that I have made, and was created for my show called "Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed" - a solo exhibition at Together Gallery here in Portland, OR. The show was heavily based on the curiosity of a cat. I've gotten into sailing recently and have a small sailboat. I love exploring, and the ocean is so huge, that I daydream about being out on my boat at night in the the middle of the ocean - no land in sight, maybe just my cat and sweetheart on board, with the sound of the waves. This piece is about that dream. Someday I plan on sailing around the world with a mini studio on my boat.

The original artwork was made with acrylic and graphite on hand-cut paper. This is a giclée print on 310gsm Hahnemuhle archival matte paper. Each print was signed by the artist.


What has inspired you recently?
I just got home from a road trip to Mt. Baker, WA, which is right on the border of Canada, way up in the woods. I spent a few days in a cabin and up on the snowy mountains snowboarding with friends. Being outside and soaking in the sun inspires, as does looking out and seeing nothing but trees. Portland winters are harsh, and i spend most days hidden away in my studio listening to the rain outside and the hum of freight trains speeding by.

Why did you choose to pair the Kids In Need Foundation with your print?
I chose to pair my print with the Kids In Need Foundation because the youth are the future! For me, school changed my life. I was hooked after the first art class I took, and was lucky enough to go to a school with a great art program. It scares me when I hear that some schools don't offer art and music programs because of a lack of funds, so I hope that we can raise money and get the Kids In Need Foundation some creative supplies and books to educate. Knowledge is power - let's give every kid a chance.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Art making has definitely changed my life. I was a weird kid and when i found art and skateboarding, things finally made sense to me. Moving to Portland, I met so many creatives and felt like I was part of a family - everyone collaborating and encouraging each other. Technology weirds me out, so I use the computer as a tool but I feel most comfortable listening to music and painting, and when I'm not painting, looking at a beautiful painting. Portland has an amazing energy because of this - everyone I know is working on something cool: an art show, music, dance, building a teepee.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Austrian artist, architect, and all around bohemian, would have been so rad to hang out with and talk about art and living in this crazy world. He was the origin of blurring the line between art and life, living a lifestyle that was basically a work of art in itself.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
My friends here are very inspiring - peeps like Seth Needs, Mark Warren Jacques, Tim Adam Maynard, David Wien - too many to list, all making and thinking. Oh, Jay Howell is the man, too.