“A Murder of Crows”

January 11, 2013

A Murder of Crows is opening tonight (Jan. 11) at Artisan Gallery, reception from 5-9pm. It’s a really fun and inspiring show.

woodcut of raven by S.V. Medaris

Corvus corax (tastes like chicken)’ by S.V. Medaris • 22in x 22in • reduction woodcut

There is some fantastic work in this show…. Specifically, ceramic crows by Ryan Myers, a gorgeous silver point by Robert Schultz, another beautiful woodcut by Nick Wroblewski, exquisite paintings by Kelli Hoppmann and Jonathan Wilde, and the list goes on…. Check it out tonight at the opening reception (and through Feb 24th). There is a preview of some of the work on Artisan’s Facebook Page.

This raven above (yes ravens were allowed in the show–yes, I asked before I even started planning this one out) was modeled after some great taxidermied ravens at the UW-Madison Zoology Museum. The “tastes like chicken” text in the print? You’ll see that the raven at lower left is snacking on a dead chicken. One of the biggest food sources for ravens is carrion–I see crows more often than vultures out here in the middle of nowhere, on a rural road, working on road-kill. I’m sure if any raccoon or coyote or possum or hawk or owl (…) was insane enough to leave part of a juicy chicken lying about, a raven would finish it up sooner than later. Everybody loves chicken doncha’ know?


The Amazing Dancing Dog!

November 27, 2012
Dexter as circus dog, in style of old-fashioned circus poster

Dexter does it again. Isn’t he just AMAZING!?!!?? More so with all caps, right?

Dexter did it again. Pose that is.

Another folio exchange, this one with the theme “Circus, Circus” so of course I had to do this little circus dog, and then modeled it after old circus posters somewhat. Circus World in Baraboo (and those fantastic old posters) remains an inspiration to me, since childhood. I got over my fear of clowns doing this one–looking at just tons of old clown photos till they didn’t look scary anymore–yeah! Happy day!! I think this clown still looks somewhat ominous, but it had to be dark and simply-rendered to show off my little star in the foreground.

The photo shoot was pretty funny–Dexter did a lot of “dancing” for cheese…. I bet he thought he’d died and gone to heaven.

The Amazing Dancing Dog
- Reduction woodcut on Arches cover
- 23in x 8 1/2in

This was for sale at Artisan Gallery, but it (along with other ones I took for the Small Works show earlier this month) sold rather quickly. I will frame up another at some point soon, and get it to Artisan, but have to get that cow finished first!

NOTE: No animals were harmed in the posing/making of this print. Spoiled, yes; hurt, no.


Interview with The Fiddleback

October 12, 2012

Interview with S.V. Medaris
Interview with The Fiddleback, “an independent, online arts & literature magazine edited by a reclusive band of poets, writers, and audiophiles from across the country.”


Twist-n-Print

August 23, 2012

This past weekend had my family and friends help print the big 4x8ft pig (woodblock). Oil-based, black, block ink printed onto Tyvek. Worked pretty good. Here’s some pics…

Inkin’

S.V. Medaris inks the 4 x 8 ft pig block

Inkin’ some more (took about 1/2 hour I think?)

S.V. Medaris inks the 4 x 8 ft pig block

Ready, set?

Ready to print?

Twistin’ fools!

Twistin' duo

It’s never to early to learn to twist-n-spin.

Learning to print with feet

The Twist-n-Print playlist:

Jerk It Out: Caesars
Twist and Shout: The Beatles
Walkin’ On the Sun: Smash Mouth
Surf Medley: Junior Brown
Monkey Spanner: Dave Collins & Ansell Collins
A Little Less Conversation: (JXL Radio Edit Remix) Elvis vs JXL Elvis Presley
Bed & Breakfast Man: Madness
City With No Children: Arcade Fire
Shout (Remastered): The Isley Brothers
Dog Days Are Over: Florence + The Machine
Somebody That I Used to Know: (feat. Kimbra) Gotye
I Can See Clearly Now: Johnny Nash
One Step Beyond: Madness
Poker Face: Lady GaGa
Pretty Woman: Roy Orbison
Born This Way: Lady GaGa
Bohemian Like You: The Dandy Warhols
Learning to Fly: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Night Boat to Cairo: Madness
Nelson Mandela: The Special A.K.A.

Let’s hang it up

Hangin' it up

Ta da!

Ta da! Print all done. Take a bow

Printers in the making (learning to cut lino)

boys learn about the sharpness of lino blades

We’ll print his design onto his own shirt at Handmade party…

Blonde boy cuts linoleum

Somebody has a new pink “Cool Clutch.”(Thanks Michelle)

Young girl in pink with pink furry purse, stands with Dad

Beautiful sky. Thanks for the awesome photos
Tom Fjeldstad!

beautiful orange and pink summer sky


Virtual “Tunnel”

August 3, 2012

Thanks Theresa at Artisan Gallery, for the virtual tour (video) of The Tunnel of Mortality:

Facebook video of The Tunnel of Mortality


The Tunnel of Mortality

July 26, 2012

The Tunnel of Mortality, a life-size tunnel-book installation at Artisan Gallery, has been extended to September 9th, 2012! The next reception is Friday, July 27, 2012, 5-9pm at Artisan Gallery.

Here’s some shots (click any image to enlarge):

Door's entrance to old cheese cooler with show title: S.V. Medaris, The Tunnel of Mortality, inside reveals dark, wallpapered room.

“Come in.” said the spider to the fly….

Once you step in the door, you are in a floor-to-ceiling, darkly wallpapered, little anteroom, about 8ft x 8ft.

fancy-framed portraits on dark wallpapered walls

Back wall and right corner of anteroom

ornate wallpaper, fancy-framed portraits

Chairs are upholstered in the same, matching, printed fabric as the walls.

The richly detailed wallpaper is actually a 10in x 10in linocut pattern printed black onto burgundy duckcloth. About 480 times. If you look closely at one of the “tiles” you will see the underlying theme of the show:
plucked chicken, intestines, bones, axes, chicken foot...

If you look behind you to your right, the outside light looks blinding compared to the dramatic low lighting surrounding you.

taxidermied chicken on low table next to portrait hung on densely patterned wallpapered wall

Taxidermy chicken NOT for sale.

As you step through the door, into the anteroom, The Tunnel of Mortality is that big framed piece on the right-hand wall. It looks like any other of the framed woodcuts, except as you walk towards or by it, it changes (since it’s a 3-dimensional space, not a flat piece). If you’re not paying attention though, it doesn’t “read” as an interior space, but rather a mirror…or something. A number of visitors were looking behind and above them to figure out where the projector was. Most think it’s a mirror, but can’t figure out how come they don’t see their reflection.

Fancy framed portraits on dark wallpapered walls, and low table covered in matching tablecloth

Matching tablecloth and upholstery! This is really the only time I’ve gotten into “interior decorating” (in our real house, nothing matches. I mean, who has time when it takes this long to make pretend rooms?).

Walk into the center of the room, turn to your right, and there’s the tunnel.

fancy frame contains busy collage of farm animals and farm life

The Tunnel of Mortality, framed.

I’m not going to try to explain how this looks in real life, since you really have to go experience it to get it. Suffice it to say, that it’s confusing at first since you can’t quite tell what you’re looking at. Some have said it feels like a mirror.

And here’s a cropped panorama of the center section:

scene filled with relief-printed farm animals, carcasses and scenes of farm life

All woodcut or linocut prints on fabric or Tyvek.

Reception is this Friday, 5-9pm at Artisan Gallery (directions).
And the show is up through September 9th.

So, come check it out!
Experience the tunnel!
Sign the camouflaged guestbook!
Read some of the entries in the guestbook here.

cloth-covered book matches pattern of tablecloth


Tunnel of Mortality (and much more) Friday night!

June 8, 2012

Install, day 3 at Artisan Gallery
(Day 3 of the install)

Artisan Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition
June 8th – July 22nd, 2012
Opening Reception Friday June 8th 5-9p.m.

Group Show: 25th anniversary — We are excited to celebrate our 25th year in Paoli, the anniversary show will feature favorite work from many of our gallery artists.

In the Cooler: S.V. Medaris “The Tunnel of Mortality” — Printmaking from birth to slaughter and everything in-between. One season of life on the farm (in life-size tunnel book form), as told by S.V. Medaris of Market Weight Press.

Nick Wroblewski: Color Reduction Woodcuts — Wroblewski’s woodcuts entice the viewer through the use of vivid colors and hold their attention through his variety of distinct mark making. This exhibit will have many prints which showcase his unique style of reduction woodcuts.

More info at Artisan’s Facebook page and
Artisan Gallery website


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