David Pescovitz at 12:56 pm Tue, Jun 24, 2008
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remember that Malcolm in the Middle episode where the dad keeps sneaking away with a variety of strange objects?
mmm … techincally … thats not a steamroller, if anything, it appears to be diesel powered.
I took a college class many years ago from Mick Sheldon, who would print woodcuts with the front wheel of his old van.
oooooooh, Cool prints, and fun for the big child in you!
The Center for the Book in San Francisco did the same thing a while back. The prints had a really nice transfer.
Actually it looks like the Center of the Book does it once a year:
http://www.sfcb.org/html/roadworks.html and you can see the prints they auctioned off last year at http://sfcb.org/2007steam/
They are quite neat.
The Department of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo did this in April. Flickr photostream here http://tinyurl.com/458z76.
Some folks here made dynamite ones for Dia de los Muertos a couple of years ago.
The college I go to, University of Montana, has been doing this kind of thing for years.
It’s all part of this Day of the Dead thing that Missoula does every fall.
Sadly, not a true ‘steamroller’, which would have been awesome beyond compare, adding whole layers to the artistic construct. Still and all, cool.
The printmaking department at the University of Texas at Austin does this once a year as well. Check out pictures from this year:
I suggested something like this for a project in my commercial art class in high school many years ago and got yelled at for not taking the project seriously.
So basically if you want to open a book-arts center or art printing shop you have to factor in the price of annual steamroller rental.
I wonder how that meme got started? Who did the FIRST “print by steamroller” annual street party?
Printmaking instructor Dennis McNett organizes a steamroller print day at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn every year, as well. It’s a whole bunch of fun! Here are some words and pictures from last year’s event.
i’ve seen them do this in san antonio, tx quite a few times. it’s so much fun to watch!
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