2017 ‘Pests of Public Importance’ at International Print Center New York

Pests of Public Importanceon view at IPCNY’s New Prints 2017 Winter exhibition

Pests of Public Importance, 2017, edition 126, $100 ($65 pre-publication)
3 x 2.25 inch woodcut and letterpress boustrophedon accordion book
April Vollmer: woodcut
Esther K. Smith: concept, book structure, design
Dikko Faust: letterpress, typesetting
Publisher: Purgatory Pie Press
With an eponymous poem by Georgia Luna Smith Faust
available from Purgatory Pie Press
Dikko Printing on his Vandercook
Also available uncut as a flat print in an edition of 50

For Pests of Public Importance Vollmer worked closely with Esther K. Smith on the idea and structure of a letterpress printed book. The Pests of the title are mosquitoes, carriers of a multitude of diseases beginning with but not ending with zika, yellow fever, dengue and malaria. The importance of these pests has increased exponentially this century because of the combination of transcontinental travel and global warming. There seems to be a mosquito species perfectly evolved for every small ecological niche in the ever more interconnected world. The power of these pests is in their numbers and their power of replication, which is reflected in the woodcut print with its rhythm of insects framed with a repeating classical palmette frieze.

Everything is handmade in this project: the detailed cutting was done with special Japanese tools and a magnifying light; the block was printed with oil-based ink by master letterpress printer Dikko Faust. Georgia Luna Smith Faust’s poem is a perfect compliment to the block print, resulting in a satisfying collaboration that is as elegant as it is disconcerting.

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2016 Japanese Art Society of America Lecture

Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 pm
Japanese Art Society of America at The Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets, New York
Mokuhanga in Translation: Printing, Writing and Teaching: the World of Japanese Woodcuts

Join us for a lecture by April Vollmer, a New York–based artist and printmaker who specializes in mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut printmaking. Ms. Vollmer received an MFA from Hunter College, has exhibited her work internationally and has taught workshops across the U.S. Awards include fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts,and the Nagasawa Art Park program in Japan. Her work has been published in journals including Science, Contemporary Impressions and Art in Print. She was on the board of the First and Second International Mokuhanga Conferences in Japan and her book, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, was released by Watson-Guptill in 2015. Reservations are required: please visit JASA Calendar of Events.
April Vollmer, Three of Hearts, 12 x 12 inches, mokuhanga and gold leaf

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Kentler Flatfile Inventory

 

YOUR FLATFILES INVENTORY:

Current holdings:

Breathing Out – Mokuhanga with silkscreen, ed. 5/12, 21.5” x 21.5”, 2004, $1000
Cherry – Mokuhanga ed. ?/25, 21.5” x 21.5”, 2005, $1000
Cranefly Mandala – Mokuhanga ed. ?/20, 13.5” x 13.5”, 2005, $400
Secret Flower – Mokuhanga ed. ?/7, 22” x 22”, 2006, $1000
Attractor – Mokuhanga 12/25, 17.5” x 16.5”, 2006, $1200
Delirious Birds and Bees – Mokuhanga, ed. 2/16, 26” x 26”, 2007, $2600
Murca Mosque – Mokuhanga ed. 10/20, 10” x 10”, 2001, $300

Breathing In (red) – Mokuhanga with silkscreen, edition ?/12, 21.5” x 21.5”, 2004, $1000


Sold/removed:
Attractor- Mokuhanga, 15” x 17”, 2006, $900 (sold to Jacob Israelow, 2014)
Hex- Mokuhanga, 10” x 10”, 2006, $250 (sold to Matthew Szenher, 2013)
Alstromeria (pink)- Woodcut, 15.5” x 15.5”, 2006, $500 (sold to Florence Neal, 2013)

2016 Morgan Conservatory Class, Talk and Book Signing

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio
August 27 and 28, 2016
A two day mokuhanga class
with an evening talk and book signing on Friday, August 26

This is an amazing place in a converted machine shop dedicated to handmade paper. They grow kozo fiber and make paper in addition to a busy class schedule.

Photos of my mokuhanga class and talk are here.

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