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Juan Carlos with his assistant director, MarioOur video/cineasta friend, Juan Carlos Romera, has taken advantage of the new YouTube service to upload the complete version of “Bive,” a 38-minute short film that he made in 2005. In that film I play “Maureen,” an English printmaker who falls in love with a Spanish fisherman. The film is essentially about the storm it causes in a little fishing village on the coast of Almería province.

We had such a great time doing it that I decided that in my next encarnation I want to be an actress. Here’s the link to see it (for free) on the off chance that you might find it amusing:

Mike did a story on the making of “Bive” (Printmaking Makes the Movies) and published it here on World Printmakers.

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What’s a Gallinero? And why would you want to stay there?

Cathy Naro and Maureen Booth in Maureen's printmaking studio in Granada, Spain

Chicago printmaker, Cathy Naro, who was here last year around this time, has returned for another workshop with Maureen. This time they’re working on combining some of the solar-plate prints Cathy made last time with liquid-metal techniques. (more…)

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Brian Barry of Cork Printmakers is promoting a three-dayfestival of steam-rollered linocuts in Granada this year (place and date to be announced).

 

 

Irish printmaker, Brian Barry, the member of Cork Printmakers who participated in the organization Ireland’s first giant-prints-pressed-with-a-steamroller event, has arrived in Granada with his portable street-festival giant-linocut show. Having spent the past few weeks contacting and organizing local artists he now has enough participants and has ordered big, 80×190 cm., artist’s linoleums. As soon as they arrive the Granada artists will begin carving their images into the linos, which will then be inked with big paint rollers and laid down under paper or fabric to have the image trasferred by means of a standard road-works steam roller. Here’s a link to the new Impresiones Gigantes website, and a video of a similar event staged in Missoula, Montana last year.

Sounds like a lot of fun. We’ll keep you posted.

What’s a Gallinero? And why would you want to stay there?

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Wall mural by El Niño de las Pinturas on the Cuesta la Escoriaza in Granada

Granada doesn’t have a contemporary art museum, but it has one of the finest grafitti artists in the world, Raúl Ruiz, El Niño de las Pinturas. (Here’s his web site.)  Raúl started painting on Granada’s walls in the 1990s. Over the past two decades, besides adorning his home town with a distinguished collection of wall art, always while dodging Granada’s municipals,  he’s been invited to take his work to the walls of Portugal, Holland, Italy, Venezuela, Hungary, Belgium, France, among other places. Well-documented followers calculate that Raúl has more than 2,000 murals all over the world.

El Niño de las Pinturas, grafitti in Granada

His work is both idealistic and poetic, and tends to feature brief prose poems done in exquisite calligraphy along with evocative scenes of infancy and adolescence, scenes which sow tenderness and solidarity wherever he works. These human elements are contrasted with the voracious metaphoric gears and train wheels that permeate industrial society.

Grafitti by Raúl Ruiz, El Niño de las Pinturas, on the Cuesta la Escoriaza in Granada
Raúl says:

“Cansado de las mismas respuestas,decidi cambiar mis preguntas”
“¿son números lo que tu alma nutre?”
“¿quizás el materialismo se está apoderando de nuestras almas? ”
“¿Qué hacer con juegos que siempre se pierden?”
“…sólo quien a renunciado a la victoria y a la derrota encuentra su camino… “
“…y haciendo cosas que rompo para arreglarlas y volver a romperlas paso mi tiempo…”
“y el tiempo se acaba…y la vida no espera…”
“el mundo está oscuro…ilumina tu parte…”
“Y donde miro si ojos no tengo…”

Tired of the same old answers, I decided to change my questions
is it numbers that your soul nourishes?
Perhaps materialism is devouring our souls,
What shall we do with games that are always getting lost?
only one who renounces victory and defeat can find his way…
making things that I break, just to mend them, then break them again, I spend my time…
and time runs out… life doesn’t wait…
the world is dark… enlighten your part…
Where do I look if I don’t have eyes?

What’s a Gallinero? And why would you want to stay there?

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"Flyers" print using etching and liquid-metal techniques.It was autumn and the air was full of things flying around. What flies around my garden ends up flying around my head. This was the first print in which I mixed etching and liquid-metal techniques. First I varnished the zinc plate and etched the drawing. Then I added a soft ground and pressed different elements into it to achieve texture and content. Finally I used Nural 21 liquid metal to create the bird, which stands out in relief. There is no aquatint on this plate.

This Voladores print was exhibited at the National Arts Club in New York in 2010, part of an exhibit mounted by tireless printmaking advocate, Stephen Fredericks, and the New York Society of Printmakers.

What’s a Gallinero? And why would you want to stay there?

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Cathy Naro, Maureen Booth in Maureen's printmaking studio in Granada, Spain

Cathy and Maureen review one of Cathy's new prints in Maureen's studio in Granada

In my Liquid Metal Printmaking video I use a two-tube epoxy adhesive (“cold metal solder”) called “Nural 21″ sold by a Spanish firm called Pattex. As it turned out, this product is not available in the U.S.A. and some American artists have been frustrated trying to find a suitable substitute. Now Cathy Naro has found it. I’ll let her tell you about it: (more…)

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Wondering what Granada has to offer visitors. Here’s a quick overview:

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