Weekly Roundup 24

i. In the run up to its opening, London Original Print Fair shared a series of 'Everything you've ever wanted to know about...' videos featuring Mike Taylor (who we met at Pauper's Press) demonstrating a variety of printmaking processes. After watching the video below I really want to make etchings again.

ii. I really enjoyed my Thursday evening etching class this week. Our tutor Rossen helped me develop my initial drypoint (and begin another etching) with hard ground and aquatint. None of the techniques are new to me but being encouraged to push and develop a plate further and further feels really exciting and liberating - I'd forgotten how much I enjoy etching!

Becky in Orignac (first state),  2018, drypoint

Becky in Orignac (first state), 2018, drypoint

Becky in Orignac (second state),  2018, drypoint and etching

Becky in Orignac (second state), 2018, drypoint and etching

iii. In my initial project proposal I wrote that I will 'continue figurative printmaking... with expressive and painterly drawing methods... and will try new approaches such as lithography and painterly etching.' One of my main objectives for the MA was to get a lot better technically. Unfortunately I've come to the realisation that I could spend two years making lithographs and, because of its technical difficulty, not be that good at it. Reflecting on my practice as a whole, I've realised that I spend too much time trying out different processes (bronze casting, woodcut, lithography etc.) in not enough depth. If I spent the next year-and-a-half developing my etching (something I'm already fairly proficient at and did intend to do at Camberwell) I could get really good.

Etching by Susanne du Toit

Etching by Susanne du Toit

Leon Kossoff,  The Window,  1984, drypoint and aquatint

Leon Kossoff, The Window, 1984, drypoint and aquatint

iv. I bought Martin Gayford's new book Modernists & Mavericks which illustrates 'the development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s' through the work of various artists including Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney and Howard Hodgkin. I like the way Gayford writes and I love those artists - I can't wait to read it!

v. I visited Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT at the National Portrait Gallery (the gallery's first exhibition devoted entirely to film). The show mostly consists of 16mm films of artists such as David Hockney, Cy Twombly and Julie Mehretu (individuals are depicted sitting, working and talking). The videos are quiet, unassuming and, despite not a lot actually happening, incredibly intimate.

Tacita Dean,  Portraits,  2016, 16mm film, optical sound, 16 minutes

Tacita Dean, Portraits, 2016, 16mm film, optical sound, 16 minutes