More a printmaker than sculptor: Himmelfarb

Blue Motive, John Himmelfarb, woodblock on stonehenge mounted to blocks of wood, edition of nine. 2011. 21 x 28 x 15 inches. Printed by Gabe Hoare and Steve Mueller.

Blue Motive, John Himmelfarb, woodblock on stonehenge mounted to blocks of wood, edition of nine. 2011. 21 x 28 x 15 inches. Printed by Gabe Hoare and Steve Mueller.

Though I have always defined my artwork as sculpture, I have come to realize that it is really much more in the tradition of printmaking. It’s just that I never get around to actually printing. I’m too enamored with the shiny plates.

Of course definitions don’t make new artwork or make artwork better but claiming an association with a particular craft tradition helps me talk about my work, which has always been a weakness of mine.

This revelation (which may have been already obvious to a casual observer) came about last month when, after viewing the Suspended After Image, I took a turn around the New Prints 2011 exhibition in the UT Visual Arts Center’s Mezzanine Gallery.

When I came around the corner and saw John Himmelfarb’s Blue Motive, I knew there was a place for me in the world of print making. For reasons that I still can’t articulate, (perhaps it is my career in technical theater, perhaps it was early exposure to pop up books) I am perpetually drawn to planar arrangements. Each plane, a separately composed image, thoughtfully assembled with more of the same — magic.

4 responses to “More a printmaker than sculptor: Himmelfarb

  1. I’ve always loved work that “rides” that line between 2-D and 3-D.

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