This Post-Digital Printmaking Workshop will connect three seemingly unconnected creative practices: computer programming, laser engraving, and woodblock printing! While we’ll be connecting three very specific technologies in a very specific way, our goal will be to inject new ways of thinking about how gesture, time, and even sound can become mark-making events. In this workshop, participants will learn how to program their own drawing software; how to operate a laser cutter to engrave woodblocks using images created with their drawing software; and then finally, how to print those woodblocks carved with the laser cutter. No experience is expected or required – in fact, the range of practices that we will engage in are positioned such that every participant will have an opportunity to be a beginner!
Paul Catanese is a hybrid media artist whose diverse range of works include installation, performance, printmaking, video, sculptural objects, handmade paper, artists books, code, net.art, and projections which have been exhibited internationally, notably at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, La Villette and the China Academy of Art. Paul is the co-author of Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional, and Hybrid Techniques (2012), and has taught workshops stemming from this research that combine coding, laser cutting, and relief printmaking around the world at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Art, Ringling College of Art and Design, Zayed University, and Whitman College among others. Paul is Director of Graduate Study for Art & Art History and Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago.
I create installation, performance, video, print, sound, code, writing, and site-specific events. The processes and techniques that I use to achieve these works are shaped by continual experimentation integrating emerging technologies and traditional materials. My artworks are multi-modal, where a single project may take form simultaneously as a print, installation, video, and performance – where all are equally the artwork – and these works, I refer to as Hybrid Media.
Website: Paul Catanese
- Students should bring a laptop (Mac, PC, or Linux) – with the latest version of the Processing programming language installed. Processing is free, and can be downloaded in advance from processing.org.