Selective Focus: Joel Cooper
I’ve been fascinated by screenprinting for a long time, because I’ve done it, and I know how difficult and frustrating the process can be. Joel Cooper tells us about his process for this week’s Selective Focus.
JC: I am a silkscreen printer. I became interested in this medium when attending a workshop at the Duluth Art Institute in the late ’80s. I guess the whole process appeals to me. It fits my personality … It is slow. Each color is drawn with black ink on acetate using a pen or brush, exposed to a screen, and using oil based ink squeeged to sheets of archival paper. The colors are layered one on top of the other starting with the lightest and ending usually with black. Most prints take well over a month start to finish. I take a lot of photos to get ideas in the summer and save the printing for our long cold winters. My style would be considered representational.The whole process is very challenging. Registration of each color must be perfect. I have ruined many prints when the last color is a bit off. My art can be viewed or purchased in Duluth at Lizzards Gallery or in Bayfield at Stones Throw. It can also be viewed at: www.cooperartpoetry.com. At the moment I have no shows planed. My wife, poet, Deborah and I just returned from an art residency in Ireland. We both returned inspired and ready to go!
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