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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

David Jones and Jeff Elrod, Visiting Artists

CVAD is pleased to welcome visiting artists Jeff Elrod and David Jones, who will work collaboratively at P.R.I.N.T. Press and give a series of presentations:

Left: David Jones, Self Portrait with Notation from
Gridville—Well Integrity Test,
Image courtesy of the artist

Right: Jeff Elrod, Loading I, 2009
Image courtesy of Dunn and Brown Contemporary

Lecture by Jeff Elrod: Monday February 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in Eagle Student Services Center (ESSC) room 255 (map)
A presentation focusing on source materials and processes

Discussion with David Jones: Wednesday March 2 at 10:30 a.m. in Environmental Sciences Building room 120 (map)
A conversation sharing his experiences founding and running Anchor Graphics 

Artists' Biographies:
An alumnus of UNT, Jeff Elrod was born in 1966 and currently lives and works in Marfa, Texas. He has had solo exhibitions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Leo Koenig, Inc., New York; and Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York. He has been a resident artist at the Glassel School of Art, Houston; the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; and The Chinati Foundation, Marfa. His work is represented in many prominent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Elrod’s paintings are rendered by hand and informed by digital media. Steeped in the tradition of hard-edged American abstraction, Elrod has been using the computer as a drawing tool since the mid nineties. After making a drawing in a simple, vector-based graphics program, he transfers it to canvas by projecting the image, tracing the forms, masking out sections with tape, and applying layers of paint by hand. His finished works play with notions of “digital originals” and “handmade copies,” reflecting the interplay between canvas and brush, computer and mouse.

David Jones is master printer, founder and executive director of Anchor Graphics (1988 – present). He established Anchor Graphics in order to advance the fine art printmaking tradition by providing educational and art-making opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels. By forming partnerships with educational institutions and social organizations in the Chicago area, Jones built a multi-faceted print shop that hosts classes, workshops, open studio sessions, internships, residencies, exhibitions, contract printing and collaborations with professional artists. In 2006, Anchor Graphics merged with Columbia College Chicago to expand its programming.

As a master printer, David specializes in multi-color lithography and is proficient in intaglio, monotype, screenprinting and relief methods. He has worked with significant artists from the Chicago area, including Michiko Itatani, Hollis Sigler and Karl Wirsum. He has also collaborated with numerous nationally renowned artists, including MacArthur Binion, Dale Chihuly, Sue Coe and Laurie Hogin. In his own creative work, he integrates digital imaging with hand-pulled printmaking techniques and drawing. David’s advocacy of printmaking extends to national-level professional organizations and print shops, and he serves on the advisory boards of Southern Graphics Council International and Highpoint Center for Printmaking (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Thanks to our Sponsors and Coordinators:
Programs organized by Rachel Biggerstaff, Andrew Decaen and Lari Gibbons and made possible with support from the CVAD Gallery, Visiting Artist and Scholar Committee, P.R.I.N.T. Press, the CVAD Printmaking and Core Drawing Programs, and the CVAD Department of Art Education / Art History.