Living the DreamSeptember 27, 2016

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by Jim Winters

I have a show opening next week here in Santa Cruz. This is my first solo exhibition since Presence at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art in the winter of 2013/14.

That show was about people in my life, personal influences and the memory of relationships. This show documents the place where I live now – evidence that I am here. A sort of continuation of my Travelogue series of land and cityscapes.

People come to the Monterey Bay area to enjoy themselves. Living here is like being on a permanent vacation. I feel extremely fortunate to have ended up here. It is a special place.

Many years ago, a close friend said that I always managed to live somewhere that seemed like it could be in a David Lynch film. I always loved that she said that and feel that Santa Cruz is no different. On the surface everything seems wholesome and friendly, but there is more than meets the eye here if you look closely. Not that I am specifically looking for a sinister dark side.. well, maybe.. but it is the potential for one that interests me more. It is this idea that my friend was getting at when she made this comment to me so long ago.

I want this work to contribute to the myth of Santa Cruz as an iconic and idealized California coastal town. In addition to the expected beach scenes, sunsets and amusement park rides, my views also include the nearby power plant, a shopping center parking lot, a motel, a liquor store and a dispensary. Something for everyone!

There is beauty in the banal.

Paradise has a flip side (for balance).

 

living the dream postcard

 

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Sky GlidersJuly 26, 2016

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by Jim Winters

 

Santa Cruz friends and collectors of my work commissioned this wall painting of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Sky Gliders. They asked to include their beautiful Siberian Husky – he’s in the top, yellow cart and they are in the green cart behind him. It was a great project.

sky gliders

 

Here is a detail:

sky gliders detail

 

 

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Reduction Screen Printing ExplainedJuly 6, 2016

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by Jim Winters

A friend of mine bought a couple of my Santa Cruz landscape reduction prints the other day. He mentioned that it might be a good idea for me to include some sort of explanation of the process with each print, because people might not really know what exactly reduction screen printing is. I guess I have been doing it so long, and it is so familiar to me, that the process seems obvious. It’s not. Let me illuminate!

Most people probably associate screen printing with the making of T-shirts – possibly it’s most popular function. I got into it as a high school kid because of my obsession with Andy Warhol. He pioneered the use of using screen printing (along with Robert Rauschenberg) in a fine art context.

I like to think of screen printing as a stencil process. The stencil, instead of being cut from paper or plastic and printed with a paint brush, sponge or spray paint, is actually a film, or a painted area adhered to a transparent mesh that acts like a mask. When printing, the ink – passed over the screen with a squeegee – goes through only the negative/open areas of the screen and makes an image on the surface you are printing on.

The “reduction” process is not unlike the Japanese woodblock or even a linoleum cut. In those methods, you cut the wood or linoleum and then print the block. Cut some more and then print more. During the process the block is permanently changed.

I took my friends advice and designed some cards to accompany each print I sell from here on out. I have tried to describe the process as simply as possible:

reduction screen printing cards

 

A couple years back I made a short video in an effort to demystify the process. In it, I am making one of my favorite reduction screen prints – a film still portrait of Divine from John Waters’ 1972 cult masterpiece, Pink Flamingos. (Be patient – it’s over 7 minutes long.) You can watch it here:

 

My goal is to turn people on to the amazing process of reduction screen printing. I love it! It has its own unique challenges that are different from traditional screen printing, but I find it more enjoyable (each project is like solving a visual puzzle), more organic (you make decisions about colors and forms as you go along, not with the entire project planned out carefully in advance) and a lot more efficient (no stacks of silkscreen frames lying around the studio)..

I taught this process while I was an artist-in-residence at Denison University in the fall of 2011. It was a great experience showing these students a new printing process. I welcome the opportunity to teach more. (If you know any art teachers, please feel free to pass along my contact information.)

The images below show me making a simple 2 color print. In this case, I used one screen, but painted two separate stencils.

jim winters at denison university

jim winters at denison university

jim winters at denison university

jim winters at denison university

The image is Miss X from the 1991 cult/drag/sci-fi film, Vegas in Space, directed by Phillip R. Ford.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

On a last note, I have just added a bunch of landscape screen prints – from my Travelogue show – to my online store. They are “on SALE”!

Take a look:
The Jim Winters Store

I also updated my website to feature my most recent Santa Cruz and San Francisco prints and paintings.

Thanks for reading. Over and out until next time..

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Oil Paintings, January 2016April 2, 2016

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by Jim Winters

I began some (water mixable) oil paintings in the early part of this year – all local scenes – and finished the larger one (below) at the end of April. This is a totally different process than I am used to with screen printing, acrylics or even drawing. It’s all about patience. And waiting.. It was good to work on several at one time.

 

Capitola Trestle View
oil on panel
18” x 18” x 1.5”
2016

 

soquel morning

Soquel Morning
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”
2016

 

pleasure point sunset

Pleasure Point Sunset
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”
2016

 

moonrise capitola

Moonrise Capitola
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”
2016

 

capitola beach

Capitola Beach
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”
2016

 

moss landing power plant

Moss Landing Power Plant
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”
2016

 

 

 

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I’ve gone .GIF crazy!September 25, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Thanks to my good friend, Robbie Daniels aka Jer Ber Jones, who recently suggested that I try animating some of my paintings, I have binged on making animated .gifs of my prints, stickers and portraits. SO MUCH FUN!

The first four I made were of my reduction screen print landscapes of San Francisco. I scanned each color during the printing process, so the resulting .gif shows the prints being constructed, color by color.

 

18th & Taraval

 

Douglass Street

 

Ocean Park Motel

 

Van Ness and California

 

Then I moved on to portraits. I made one of a print I collaborated with Robbie on – a portrait of Caroline Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie (!) – and then on to portraits of my talented friends – Juanita MORE!, Kenny Mellman and Justin Vivian Bond (as Kiki & Herb).

 

Caroline by Jer Ber Jones

 

Rainbow Juanita MORE!

 

Kiki & Herb

 

My dearly departed friend, Gregory Nelson, also gets the treatment from a portrait on a sticker I made of him in the 1990’s (Golden Brown).

 

Golden Brown

 

My 2013 show, Presence, at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art featured 60+ reduction screen print portraits. I scanned each color during the process and my partner, Jeff Stallings, made a film of them blending into each other. You can see that film here.
I made this .gif which sort of acts the same way, but I love this one because it creates a kind of life-like portrait, (in this case, Jeff). I intend to animate more of the Presence portraits and also explore the idea of the animated portrait more in the future. Lots of exciting possibilities here!

 

Jeff Stallings

 

And, last but not least, a wee bit of atheist humor – my reduction screen print of Frankenstein and Jesus. Love this one! Not an intentional nod to the third album by the Dead Kennedys, but a nod nonetheless..

 

Silver & Gold

 

More to come!
Stay tuned..

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