Japanese Anenome Linocut in Progress

I have been working on my Japanese Anenome Linocut, 3 colours down and 2 more to go. This is a reduction linocut, which means after I have printed a colour, I remove more material from the lino block to print the next colour.

The design has changed a bit as I’ve been cutting and printing the block in reaction to the colours I can produce with the inks I have.

I have been using strips of mountboard glued to a plastic sheet to register the lino block with the paper. The registration has been excellent, but the strips of mountboard have embossed their shape on the paper print. Once I have a final edition of prints I will window-mount them so that the unwanted embossed effect is hidden.

(© Catherine Cronin)



And One I Missed; Gert & Uwe Tobias Exhibition

Sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing; it can paralyze you and then the opportunity is missed. Living in London I am so lucky with the variety of art exhibitions available at any given time; so many. I make a mental note to go to this one and that one and oh, don’t forget that other one; and before I know it they have closed. Ah thankfully there is the worldwide web, I can experience partially what I have missed. One that got away was Gert & Uwe Tobias at The Whitechapel Gallery.

My particular interest is in their collaborative woodcuts and collage pieces; often on quite a large scale for a woodcut. Their image making is vibrant, bold, thought-provoking, and sometimes refuses to be pinned-down. They flow though figurative to abstract in one piece, yet the image as a whole retains a strong identity.

Below an interveiw introducing the exhibition of Gert and Uwe Tobias; and some of my favourites from their work.

Video – Introduction to Gert & Uwe Tobias

© Gert & Uwe Tobias Untitled 2012; Whitechapel Gallery

© Gert & Uwe Tobias Untitled 2012, Whitechapel Gallery

© Gert & Uwe Tobias

© Gert & Uwe Tobias