New Studio at 931 Treat Avenue

September first marked the first year anniversary of moving into a new location in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. 931 Treat is a 1400 square-foot facility where we are now set up for etching, photogravure, silkscreen, and letterpress.

2012 saw the publication of Sandow Birk's Monument to the Constitution, (pictured above, in progress), a major direct gravure etching in nine panels on handmade Japanese paper.

Workshops and exhibitions will be coming soon.

Publishing and Contract Printing
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Mullowney Printing
931 Treat Avenue
San Francisco, Ca 94110
tel 415.643.6913

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fist Study of (A)TOPIA for Submit Magazine

Two photogravure copper plates are being made of 15 images each which will both be printed 17 times for a total of 510 prints for this semester's Submit Magazine at PNCA. (The numbers are significant--15 is the number of stones at Ryoanji; 17 syllables in a haiku.)

The theme for the issue is Utopia. Taking this idea, I have used as a title Helmut Willke's word to describe a society without boundaries. Thinking of the total loss of global boundaries in an accelerated life that the internet brings, I am focused on how the Japanese catastrophe has impacted all of humanity, and is already yesterday's news in the normal cycle of things.

I am using found images from Japanese family photo albums to create a series of images to be printed over and over again, with the plates being distressed and destroyed as the process goes along. The result will be 510 unique images--all different in the way they have degenerated into nothingness--like the Japanese word zanzo, which describes a parting glance of something lost.

Each 4x5 inch image will be tipped into the magazine in a clear envelope with colophon. This is a video of the first phase in the process.