An Interview with Andrea Santos
 

We first saw Andrea Santos' work at her graduating thesis show at RISD last year where she received her MFA in Printmaking. We were immediately taken with her expansive approach to print and her finely tuned sensitivity to material and surface. Andrea was kind enough to answer a few questions we've shared below. 

more human than human, 2016. holographic film, MDF, cement, bungee cord, duct tape, plaster, wood, crayon. 4x4' platform

 

When did you start printing?

I first started printmaking as an undergrad at MassArt in Boston, which was back in 2007. I came in as a transfer student from Umass Dartmouth and wanted to pursue costume design, so I took fashion classes, welding, jewelry—then I took an etching class on a whim and was instantly hooked. I was a little timid to go into fine arts back then, but I think it was always clear that I wouldn’t end up in a design-based field. My trajectory from the point of deciding to go to art school  up until now makes a lot of sense to me as I look back at it. I think printmakers are often lovers of drawing and transforming material, which has been at the core of everything I make, whether it’s a sculpture or an etching.

 

soft, 2016. plaster, acrylic, MDF, mirror film, holographic film, wax crayon, varnish, spray paint, acrylic. 4L x 1W x 2H'

soft (detail), 2016. plaster, acrylic, MDF, mirror film, holographic film, wax crayon, varnish, spray paint, acrylic. 4L x 1W x 2H'

 

Where do you make your work? Home studio? Shared print space?

I teach at Pratt so I’m really fortunate to have printshop access there, although most of my work is made in my shared studio space in Bed Stuy. I’m actually in the process of overhauling the space with my friend (and fellow MassArt printmaker) Skye Schirmer. We’re building out semi-private spaces and planning to hold pop-up shows and monthly critiques, and eventually start up small publication projects with other artists.

untitled, 2016. aquatint etching, chine-collé. 10x10"

untitled, 2016. aquatint etching. 14x9"

 

Who would you love to collaborate with?

I’m hoping to collaborate with Wing Club Press in Portland, ME sometime. I was able to visit their shop when I was in Maine recently and was totally blown away—they’re doing really amazing work with risograph and silkscreen. I think Small Editions in Brooklyn does very cool stuff too, and I love that they are a bindery studio/publisher/exhibition space. But perhaps on a different spectrum, I would love to collaborate with a video artist. I’ve been obsessing over Rachel Rose’s work since seeing one of her installations titled “Everything and More” at the Whitney last year. She has a way of translating physical materiality through a flat screen, it’s really incredible!

 

more human than human, 2016. holographic film, MDF, cement, bungee cord, duct tape, plaster, wood, crayon. 4x4' platform

 

Where are some of your favorite spaces in Brooklyn for contemporary art or design?

Signal, Interstate Projects, Knockdown Center, TSA. I’m still feeling out Brooklyn but I’m glad that there are spaces here that are artist-run or ones that offer more accessible opportunities.

 
 

What are you working on at the moment?

Etchings, actually! I haven’t been able to work in my studio while it’s getting a make-over so I’m keeping busy in the printshop with a couple multi-color prints. It's nice to come back to printmaking in-between sculpture projects, too. They always end up informing each other in some way.

Islands III., 2016. Silkscreen monoprint, wax crayon, varnish, graphite, acrylic. 30x40"

 
 
A Day in Joshua Tree National Park
 

During our recent holiday trip to Los Angeles we decided to drive out and spend a day at the Joshua Tree National Park. Often those places you hear the most about are the hardest to live up to expectations but the day was just magic. Even though there are many other visitors on the roads, it doesn't take long to walk down a path a find yourself completely alone. The changes in color and shadow as the day drew to a close made for some wonderful scenes, hope you enjoy a (very small) selection of my pics!

Print Club Ltd. visits Joshua Tree National Park
Print Club Ltd. visits Joshua Tree National Park
Print Club Ltd. visits Joshua Tree National Park
Print Club Ltd. visits Joshua Tree National Park
Print Club Ltd. visits Joshua Tree National Park
Print Club Ltd. visits Joshua Tree National Park
Print Club Ltd. visits Joshua Tree National Park
 
STUDIO VISIT: Heavy Gel, Los Angeles
 
Studio Visit with Heavy Gel in LA on Print Club Ltd. Journal

Our online relationship with LA-based printshop Heavy Gel started pretty typically; a casual follow on Instagram, a more considered awareness of their studio events and finally an email introduction and request for shop visit (that was happily obliged). Yesterday we went by the printshop of co-directors Caitlin and Sean at their space in West Adams, Los Angeles to see their studio and what they're up to. What we found out was that they're printing a host of contract jobs, they've geared up their website for selling their own prints and have their eye peeled for the right storefront space to bring their print work street level in a more public way. Can't wait to see what's in store for their 2017!

Studio Visit with Heavy Gel in LA on Print Club Ltd. Journal
Studio Visit with Heavy Gel in LA on Print Club Ltd. Journal
Studio Visit with Heavy Gel in LA on Print Club Ltd. Journal
Studio Visit with Heavy Gel in LA on Print Club Ltd. Journal
 
Favorite Shows of 2016
 

This was a year we were lucky enough to make it down to New York a few times as well as across to London and in the other direction; across to LA. Print had an intriguing role to play in a lot of this year's favorites as did photography and it's unbounded potential for generating or dismantling systems of class and power. Of course the year isn't out yet and there could still be favorites to add before we bid adieu to 2016! Stay tuned!

Kour Pour at Feuer/Mesler, New York

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Favorite Shows of 2016 on the Print Club Ltd. Journal
 
STUDIO VISIT: Overpass Projects, Providence, RI
 

Overpass Projects has been set up by two recent RISD grads, Henry Brown and Julia Samuels. They both come armed with impeccable printmaking skills and in their first year of operation were already included in this year's Editions and Artist Book Fair in New York. We're eager to see what they get up to in the future and are eager to share the work of fellow printmakers in Providence doing exciting things!

Studio Visit to Overpass Projects, Print Club Ltd. Journal
Studio Visit to Overpass Projects, Print Club Ltd. Journal
 
STUDIO VISIT: Cody Hoyt, Brooklyn, NY
 

Over the summer, when we first began chatting with Cody Hoyt about working on some prints together we had the opportunity to stop by his Bushwick studio. It was a thrill to see his vessels in person after admiring them for so long online. Their tactility and unpredictability of surface are so beautiful that we couldn't wait to start imagining the complex patterns he creates with clay in print. 

Studio visit with Cody Hoyt on the Print Club Ltd. Journal
Studio visit with Cody Hoyt on the Print Club Ltd. Journal
Studio visit with Cody Hoyt on the Print Club Ltd. Journal
Studio visit with Cody Hoyt on the Print Club Ltd. Journal
Studio visit with Cody Hoyt on the Print Club Ltd. Journal
Studio visit with Cody Hoyt on the Print Club Ltd. Journal
 
Our Holiday Blockprinting Workshop
 

This past weekend we partnered with The Cracker Factory to host a holiday blockprinting workshop at their beautiful letterpress studio in Geneva, NY. Our participants ranged from absolute beginners to MFA grads and the lovely thing about block printing is that all the cards looked completely festive and charming! Between prints we took some photos throughout the evening of printing fun.

Holiday Blockprinting Workshop with Print Club ltd. at the Cracker Factory
Holiday Blockprinting Workshop with Print Club ltd. at the Cracker Factory
Holiday Blockprinting Workshop with Print Club ltd. at the Cracker Factory
 
RISD Craft Fair
 

We popped by the very impressive RISD Craft fair yesterday right in the heart of College Hill in Providence. It was fun to see current students work alongside alums who have now firmly established themselves in the design and craft worlds. Certainly a good time to start thinking of holidays gifts… 

We picked some favorites but there was so many eye catching tables. 

Jenice Kim printed cards and wall art.

Jenice Kim printed cards and wall art.

Nina Gregg 3D printed jewelry

Nina Gregg 3D printed jewelry

SinCa Design handmade furniture and tabletop items

SinCa Design handmade furniture and tabletop items

Vicky Katzman illustrated block prints and cards

Vicky Katzman illustrated block prints and cards

Felt and Fat ceramics

Felt and Fat ceramics

Muffy Brandt West African fabric cushions

Muffy Brandt West African fabric cushions

Folium paper flowers

Folium paper flowers

Bjorg Hardardottir ceramic cups and saucers

Bjorg Hardardottir ceramic cups and saucers

Foundaciun cement planters and candle holders

Foundaciun cement planters and candle holders

 
STUDIO VISIT: Stephanie Rohlfs, San Francisco

On the eve of the launch of our collaborative print edition with Stephanie Rohlfs, we asked her to share some pics from her San Francisco studio and she also kindly answered a few questions about her stellar work.

Stephanie made her way to San Francisco by way of years spend in Long Island, Philadelphia and Chicago. Her practice is diverse and there is a wonderful tensions between the whimsy of her sculptural pieces and the complex themes she explores through their form. 

 
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How does this pair of new pieces fit within your current studio explorations or broader practice?

 

These pieces tie in with the body of work I'm trying to work on now, which I'm thinking of as "sculptures that are asking for it." Without beating the drum too loudly, it's a phrase that's really interesting to me as someone who exists in the world in a female body. But I'm more interested in it as a sculptural prompt, thinking about how an object might invite but simultaneously reject interaction within a "look-but-don't-touch" environment. (I explored this with an earlier body of work that dealt with the sculptural possibilities of cat furniture and what it might look like to make art for non-humans.) The holes in the prints have been cropping up a lot; I think of those as glory holes. And the bodily references with the penis finger shapes. I've been making a lot of those as physical objects in the studio. So there's this kind of silly, fart-joke sexuality to them, but it's more about the weirdness of having a body and enjoying other bodies than it is about being overtly nasty.
 

Does your current city or environment influence your work?

 

I think living in northern California definitely influences my color palette. There's a lot of bright, western color out here, but the fog puts a damper on it. But I'd also say that even when I was living in Philly, everyone told me I was a California artist. I also think there's a kind of casual conceptualism that's specific to San Francisco that I've really felt a kinship with; a kind of playful intellectual curiosity that deals with very real inquiries in a more light-hearted way.
 
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What’s coming up next for you and what are you working on at the moment?

I'm working towards a show of these sculptures and drawings, in early 2017. There are some larger-scale sculptures that I'm really excited about that are big enough to confront the viewer, and they incorporate some uncanny elements like fake hair, or references to pubic hair and back fat and other "less-attractive" bodily aspects. A lot of the titles for those pieces are based off of aggregated search results from a popular porn website. It's really fascinating, the little misspelled haikus that people make while they are trying to look for something specific. I'm also close to releasing the second edition of the "Lunar Artists Residency" zine, in which artists produce work on a conceptual residency on the Moon. This edition's artist is Sarah Hotchkiss.

 

SHOP STEPHANIE'S PRINTS

The Chelsea Physic Garden
 

On previous London trips we had been told to make sure we got to the Chelsea Physic Garden. It's not ordinarily on your average London must-see list but this time we made it and it was worth it!! 

The Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London, it founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and the land is still leased to them at the original £5 per year, insane! The guided tour focused on the great variety of medicinal plants in the garden and as always I enjoyed a good snoop in the glasshouses.

Print Club Ltd. visits the Chelsea Physic Garden
Print Club Ltd. visits the Chelsea Physic Garden
Print Club Ltd. visits the Chelsea Physic Garden
Print Club Ltd. visits the Chelsea Physic Garden
Print Club Ltd. visits the Chelsea Physic Garden
Print Club Ltd. visits the Chelsea Physic Garden
Print Club Ltd. visits the Chelsea Physic Garden
 
Hauser and Wirth, Somerset
 
Print Club Ltd. visits the Hauser and Wirth, Somerset

Yesterday was a brilliantly sunny day and we took the train from London to Bruton in Somerset to visit Hauser and Wirth Gallery. It opened a couple of years ago and I was specifically excited to visit the wildflower gardens designed by the horticulturalist behind New York’s High Line, Piet Oudolf. 

The the height of the planting made the site feel much bigger than it was and despite a number of visitors you could wander around feeling quite at peace. 

The town of Bruton is superbly beautiful too, we had lunch At the Chapel which also has accommodation, wood-fire pizza and a lovely wine shop. Stellar day!

NB: we saw the Martin Creed show that was on view and while they didn’t allow photography in the exhibition, you can see the install here. 

Print Club Ltd. visits the Hauser and Wirth, Somerset
 
STUDIO VISIT: Sonsoles Print Studio, London
 
Studio Visit: Sonsoles Print Studio, London on the Print Club Ltd. Journal

You know how print shops often have a range of foibles that you just get used to when you’re working in them long enough? The exposure table needs a stick to keep the lid up, the pressure washer will just stop mid-stream, there is four print beds and three drying racks, those sorts of things? 

I spotted none of this when I visited Sonsoles Print Studio yesterday in Peckham, and I really got the impression that it was perhaps the most no-nonsense, chill, usable screenprint space I’ve probably visited. 

Set up four years ago by RCA Grad Sonsoles Marquez, the shop now has around 150 members and also hosts wildly popular monthly print workshops and artist events. I was shown around by the lovely Sarah Simmonds whose own project Portable Print Studio is also worth checking out! 

 
STUDIO VISIT: South London Print Studio
 
Studio Visit: South London Print Studio on the Print Club Ltd. Journal

Printmakers as a group tend to be a generous, friendly sort of bunch. With this in mind I shouldn’t have been surprised that when I was greeted by Tom Murphy, Founder of South East Print Studio that I found  him to be exactly that - what a winner. SEPS is currently in a temporarily downsized state between studios but Tom has set up the studio in the most organized and economical manner and I think it’s really a testament to the quality of work that can be produced even when space is tight. 

Tom has structured the studio to focus on contract work for early career and established artists around the UK and he is currently printing some really stellar work. He also prints at the London screenprinting powerhouse K2 and the quality of his printing really reflects that added experience. Expect very big things from this fellow!

 
SHOP VISIT: Haeckels, Margate
Print Club Ltd. visits Haeckels, Margate

Last weekend we hopped down to the seaside town of Margate - not two days before The New York Times decided it was the spot to visit too!

A favorite store of the trip was Haeckels. It was founded in 2012 by Dom Bridges, a film maker, volunteer beach warden and coastal enthusiast. As their website shares Dom “wanted to create simple hand crafted products that showcased the surrounding coasts natural ingredients in the hope that the products themselves would then promote Margates heritage of healthy coastal living.” 

Everything smells absolutely divine (I had my nose to my wrist all afternoon after spraying their “Chalk” eau de parfum) and as you can see they’ve created an incredibly unique space filled with curiosities and of course their beautiful fragrances and skincare. 

SHOP VISIT: Papersmiths, Bristol
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I was so excited to visit Papersmiths, after seeing them in Cereal’s beautiful Bristol guide and the space is absolute heaven for lovers of stationary/magazines/well-design things. They only open a couple of years ago by the pair of talented ladies behind Studio B in Bristol. 

It’s the kind of store that gives you a wonderful feeling about the city that it’s in. Upon walking in I was convinced that Bristol is full of creatively driven, engaged and discerning folk and was proven correct in that over the course of our whole stay. Just fabulous. 

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STUDIO VISIT: Risotto Studios, Glasgow
 

Gabriella Marcella DiTano is one of those rare people who you are convinced has a few extra hours in her day. It is just impossible she can get done everything she does in a mere 24hrs - impossible! 

During our recent visit to Glasgow we had a day filled with Gaby’s talents and latest exploits. This included her incredible set design for the current exhibition at Tramway “Pehchaan: Art from Another India”, three of her block printed pieces in the Indian Street Bazaar (also at Tramway) and a wee visit to the studio of her successful risograph business Risotto

On top of this, she is an absolute delight of a woman and we hope our printing paths can continue to cross!

Gabriella's set design for "Art From Another India" at Tramway

Gabriella's set design for "Art From Another India" at Tramway

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Studio Visit: Risotto Studios, Glasgow on the Print Club Ltd. Journal
 
RISD MFA Exhibition
 

It’s super tricky to hang a show in a giant cavernous space with so many insanely diverse artists and pieces but every year RISD does just that with their Graduate Thesis Exhibition at the Rhode Island Convention Centre. These two were the artists that stood out to us.

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(ABOVE) MFA Painting graduate Paul Rouphail. It’s not surprising we loved the trompe l’eoil effect of folded, crumpled paper in “Treasure Hunt” on the left and the effect of light and reflection in Paul’s second piece is pretty mesmerizing too.

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MFA Printmaking graduate Andrea Santos’ “More Human Than Human” . Really enjoyed the interplay between the more figurative wall-mounted drawings and the fragmented sculptural elements presented in relation to those drawings to to each other.

 
Favorites from ICFF

This was the first time I had visited the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and I have to say I was a little ill-prepared for the enormous scale of the whole event. Luckily I had familiar faces in dear friends Amy and Brandon of Miles & May to greet upon entry and from their booth I took a pretty comprehensive loop of the show. Here were some of my favorite designers and brands. 

View from above at Miles & May

 

Stunning still life at Good Thing

 

One of the flatpack pieces from Providence-based Greycork. 

 

Vibrant patterns and textures at Aimee Wilder

 

Organic cast concrete pieces featured at Souda, Brooklyn

 

A stunning constellation of lights from Matter Made.

 
 

"Broken Shapes" collection of candy-tinted plexi pieces from LA-based Nobel Truong