|Devotio Moderno May 1 NYC|
|Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Joe Coleman, art||28 Apr 2008 7:59 AM|
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Lizz Hickey is one of the reasons I decided to do another anthology this year. Working with a mythology all her own, her work is the kind of world I love to be let in on and the more I've looked at her portfolio the more she's become one of my favorite young artists. Primarily a printmaker, there is definitely an aspect to Lizz's work where an understanding of traditional print processes reinforces the awesome nature of what she does. Although there's an impulsive quality to her style nothing she makes is easy, nothing is throwaway. It's pure elbow grease. On the other hand, her work is personal and compulsive and can't be scrutinized on just some technical level.
The best part of the art is the way it works as a cummulative force, where every piece is an elaboration on a bigger universe. One piece may be dense with details (full of complicated social systems with that you can't even make out in that jpg up top) and another will just be some amorphous hand floating on the page, holding a ghost. But even then, most likely, the latter print will be printed and drawn upon a dozen different times, each time revealing more about the creatures and their world. And I can't say what it reveals, specifically, but I'm comforted by her playful characters who thrive in a world of mutual suffering and soothing and exploration.
April 28th-May 3rd Lizz has her Senior Show happening at Purchase College in New York. I'm a shut-in but if I were in the area I'd go to the reception April 30th if only to get ahold of the inexpensive silkscreened goodies she's selling.
Visit her Flickr page for updates to her portfolio.
We got another package of original Humbug art, this time from Will Elder. Here's an example in keeping with the Christmas theme of the Al Jaffee art we posted previously. Click any of the photos for larger versions.
Here it is with the color overlay:
And here's a detail shot:
And don't forget to check out our feature detailing the production process of restoring a Humbug page.
Paneltopanel.net is offering a signed edition of Jaime Hernandez's THE EDUCATION OF HOPEY GLASS. Not only do they come with an exclusive bookplate, but everyone who purchases a copy before June 1 is entered in a drawing to win the bookplate's original art. Runner-up gets a complete set of L&R Vol. II #1-20. Not bad at all.