moon jar by rochelle youk

prints drying after being hand-painted with gouache.

prints drying after being hand-painted with gouache.

This week Sunset Paperworks released the print, moon jar, I made in collaboration with Nathalie Roland, a former comrade in arms at the Arion Press. In preparation, Nathalie taught me the counterintuitive process of reduction printing, yet in the end we ended up with a simple woodblock print with one pass of printing, finished with some hand-coloring. It was very enjoyable working in the studio with Nathalie again. Hope to collaborate again in the future.

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week one/highlights by rochelle youk

feathered friends living in gate 9 at JFK. there was a whole mess of them making a pretty good living. 


Vermont has some amazing sky happening a lot of the time. 


started a weird project: a hat woven from my own hair. unfortunately I don't really know what I'm doing. this was the execution of plan a; I have since moved on.  


I had a studio visit with Byron Kim. He was thoughtful, constructive, and down-to-earth, but he also connected some dots for me...a new way to think about making work. 


even dozen by rochelle youk

A few weeks ago i went to the UC Berkeley MFA open studios and got to see what all 12(!) of the current students were up to. It was my first time visiting Cal's Global Campus, which was...let's just say, rustic. The setting was very woodsy, with a lot of grassy fields separating trailer-like buildings; it felt worlds away from the main campus in downtown Berkeley, which i guess, it is.

In the pouring rain I went from building to corrugated metal shack to muddy field and back and ended up seeing some pretty interesting stuff. Notable to me, were the unassuming oil paintings of Isaac Vasquez Avila, done mostly on found paper with kind of an Outsider-esque sensibility. 

Takming Chuang, essentially a printmaker, is incorporating endurance-performative actions into the making of his work, using shapes and 3D objects pressing into his own body, and in turn using the imprint to make more traditional prints. 

The above is the only piece I got a picture of: a painting by Lucas DeGiulio. I'm not sure if it's in process or finished, but I couldn't stop long enough to stare at the 4' x 8' sheet of wood with its carved, ink, and graphite lines.  

I'm looking forward to seeing the Grad show this summer at the BAM.