Printing the Machine in the 21st Century: Printmakers from the Los Angeles Printmaking Society

By Kirstin L. Ellsworth.

Published by The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: August 5, 2015 $US5.00

Printmakers have embraced the machine or mechanized, reproducible processes of creation in varying forms from ancient to contemporary times. Because they often work with the press and the matrix, printmakers have an ability to communicate widely their visions through multiples. In the 21st century how do printmakers address the subject of the machine in contemporary culture by way of printmaking’s nuanced means of production that involve the mechanical and the handmade? Analysis of the work of select artists from the Los Angeles Printmaking Society focused on the theme of the machine reveals that the visual story of the machine in the garden is a delicate balance of moods ranging from ambivalence to nostalgia. Moreover, when machines and machine technology are examined through analysis of printmaking we are presented with an innovative model for humanistic inquiry in which artists apply the very processes that serve as the many times contested subject matter of their work.

Keywords: Printmaking, Visual Arts, Technology, Machine, Garden, Los Angeles Printmaking Society,Cultural Studies, Nature

The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 12, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1020.207KB)).

Dr. Kirstin L. Ellsworth

Assistant Professor of Art and Design, California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, California; Assistant Professor, Humanities Masters of Art Program, College of External and International Education, California State University--Dominguez Hills, Carson, California, USA