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STONETRIGGER PRESS with Hilary Lorenz
Work Exchange Summer Printing Residency

You want a vacation, you want to make prints but have limited funds. Maybe you want to make art in a beautiful place and help develop a new printshop and residency program. Whatever your reasons, here is the deal:

I built a gorgeous 26′ x 25′ adode and stone printmaking studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico, Georgia O’Keefe country and I need help. The tables are built, the two Charles Brand etching presses are in place, but the finishing touches such as an aquatint box, an organizational system, plus fencing, and landscaping on the 2 acres need to happen. I am offering a work exchange, free shared housing and full use of the studio for your help.  An average workday is four hours, the rest is yours to make art, run, hike, swim, bike, explore, you name it. Location is very rural, 50 miles NW from Santa Fe. Wi-Fi, phone, water and electric in house. Studio is passive solar, no water yet. I invite all motivated, curious, handwork printmakers who also have great ideas to come. Length of time flexible, 3 days to 3 weeks, number of people flexible, dogs flexible.  June through August could be extended. Curious? Email for more info: hilary@hilarylorenz.com

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Summer 2012 I drove to New Mexico over a 4 day period with dogs in the car.Image

I stopped along the way to look at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TXImage

I ran a half marathon trail race called, “Run the Caldera” in the Jemez Mountains. I placed 7th in my AG.Image

I hiked the Truchas Peaks.Image

I hiked Wheeler Mountain the tallest in New Mexico, about 3 times, maybe 4.Image

I built tables for my new studio in Abiquiu, NMImage

I taught a little workshop to good friends in my studio. Image

I climbed my first 14,000 mountain, Sneffles in CO.Image

and my second, La Plata also in CO.

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and my third and fourth Challenger and Kit Carson but I don’t have photos.

I bought 8 tons of pretty dirt for landscaping. Image

I put up 400 feet of fence, both field fence and coyote fence. Image

I went to the Lowrider Car show in Espanola. Image

I did a lot of trail running with the Santa Fe Striders.
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I climbed the Pedernal in Abiquiu and saw a horned toad.Image

 

Then went back to climb it again.

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I watched a lot of storms.

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And I had a really good time!

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Saturday was the first PrintSocial and Theo Castro a friend from Canada came over to my apartment at 2pm.
I sat Theo at my table and explained all the ways he could create an image on a block. He decided to draw freeland with a marker. As Theo drew I set up the inking station and printing papers. By the time I was done with that Theo was ready to carve. After showing him how to carve I sat down at my table to carve my block. I have a giant 36″ x 24″ block I am working on for my exhibition which opens March 4, at Muriel Guepin Gallery in Brooklyn.
As we both carved we talked and talked. I have known Theo for 5 years and I have watched him go from party boy art student (though he was also a theology student at the same time) to ordained deacon to ordained priest. It was always funny at work when I would say I am going to Canada to my friends ordination, he is a priest. Most people could not quite figure out how I would have a friend who is a priest. Well today they got to meet him as he came to my class at Long Island University, no one expected a 33 year old “kid.” But back to PrintSocial.
It was amazing to talk about both of our journeys over the past 5 years. A lot really has changed. Theo finished carving the block and I showed him how to ink it then run it through the press.
The first impression as it is called was uneven, so as he inked his plate I adjusted the press. The second one was perfect. He ran off a edition of 10, plus two artist proofs. An edition is a set of prints that are identical. The “proofs” are the trial prints made before the edition. But they too match.
Just as I had planned it took 3 hours, but Theo stayed and we talked for over 6 hours. He is leaving in two weeks for Sri Lanka where he is doing refugee work. I will not see him for three years. I will really miss him.
One addition I plan to make from time to time with PrintSocial is cookies. A fantasy I always have had is to bake cookies each morning, then go to work on the press. It is my wish that people will drop by to chat, have a cookie, look at art, maybe make a print. This is the fantasy that I am creating in New Mexico, and I also throwing a chicken coop into the fantasy.  But in NYC I prefer people to call before coming over, and if I have a few days notice, I will make cookies. But please do not be shy about wanting to come check this PrintSocial thing out. It is for everyone, no matter what your background. It is just a sit and carve and chat in my kitchen, with Labradors lazing about.

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Hilary Lorenz and Theo Castro

Today I am going to move away from running and talk about art, specifically my new project PrintSocial.

I concieved PrintSocial a couple of months ago after working long hours at home carving my wood and linoleum blocks.  PrintSocial was created to serve two purposes. One, begin the process of publishing prints, something that I have always wanted to do but never thought I was equipped for.  I don’t want to publish to make money but just for the love of it. My project is very small scale  but it is a start that will eventually move to Abiquiu, NM where I am building a physical printmaking studio.

For those that do not know about printmaking studios, printmakers often work in a community studio because we require big heavy expensive equipment. It is a great place to meet a lot of interesting people and because there is  literally a printshop in just about every country,  it provides a great experience to travel  and make art.

But perhaps the biggest reason I started this, is to invite people into my apartment to make a print and simply talk, or sit in silence, it is up to my guest.  After 17 years of having studios I moved my workplace home and found myself  isolated. By inviting people to me, we have a really fun day, they get to learn something and make art; perhaps for the first time. I get my guest started working and then carve my own block. I see PrintSocial as being  grounded in the tradition of the sewing bee, but working on our own individual projects.

The first PrintSocial was last night with Theo Castro. Originally from the Philippines, Theo grew up in Vancouver, BC. I have know him since 2005 when he was super party boy, and my student at a Parson the New School for Design in the summer intensive drawing program. Now Theo is an ordained Jesuit Priest and he is leaving in 20 days to  Sri Lanka for three years to do refugee work.   Tomorrow I will post the extraordinary experience of working with Theo. The event was truly beyond my wildest imagination of what could occur just through talking and making prints.

To learn more about PrintSocial, click the page link at the top, or contact me.

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After not posting for over two months, this is a good one. If you believe in fate, luck, or the universe, this is the story of stories. After a two frustrating summers in a row with injury, canceling my key races and developing a hateful attitude about New York, my job, blah, blah, this is almost unbelievable.

A sleepless last Saturday night I was surfing Craig’s List real estate ads first for the New York Adirondacks and Northern New Mexico. I have been doing this on and off for five years with big fantasies to sell my apt, leave my job, live simply and just make art and train and race in some beautiful place. Reinvent myself so to speak. Why five years? That is the first and last time I went to New Mexico. I was an artist in resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute and after the residency my then girlfriend Lisa and I rented this amazing round stone house in Abiquiu Every house I have looked at I compare to that landscape and that house. That year was a turning point in my artwork and my athletic prowess.

The house we stayed in was built by Pat Frazier and master stone mason Felipe Leyva. Pat moved to NM from California. She was a radiologist who took a vacation in NM; fell in love with it, bought some land. She eventually took a class at the Northern New Mexico Community College on how to build adobe and moved to NM full-time. She met Felipe and they began building houses. Pat gave Felipe 2 acres of land to build his own home which Lisa and I saw the beginnings of it back in 2005.

Back to Saturday night. I am looking through Craig List and I see this amazing stone, what looked like steps cut into a channel on two walls of earth meeting in the center with a sweet little casita. There is a photo of a chapel and kitchen and I am immediately thinking about Pat and the stone house. I read the ad, and not only is Pat’s name there but so is Felipe. It is the house he built for himself completely out of stone and adobe. I almost had a heart attack! I especially almost had a heart attack because I could not believe the price.  I immediately emailed Pat and told her how Lisa and I stayed there and how I want this house more than anything in the world.  I want to live there the rest of my life, dust my ashes there when I am dead.  I want to go there, set up a printshop, invite artists to make prints and my athlete friends who can train at altitude, (6k feet) not only running for miles, but  biking and swimming. The 5200 surface acre Abiquiu reservoir is only a couple miles away and mountains including the iconic view of Georgia O-Keefe’s Pedernal surround us.  Now how is it one can be so lucky as to live in the desert and have a reservoir a couple miles away that you can swim and kayak?

Now the obstacles. I must get all the money in cash, which is definitely not in my savings account. I need to do it immediately, buying it with a leap of faith sight unseen. A deal with another interested party needs to fall through and to top it off, it must all happen in one week. So I offered a little extra money. I emailed Lisa to tell her how she will not believe it. And while it never crossed my mind, when she said, “I love would to own a home there” I offered. Why not? So we will be co-owners. I wired a deposit on Monday, Lisa wired money to me, I took money from my retirement and it looks like I will wire the remaining cash on Friday.  I will fly down in a couple weeks to see our new two bedroom hand build adobe and stone casita. I want to sleep on the roof and wake to the sunrise.

To top it off  I will probably use  the most more than Lisa, staying there during my academic breaks in December, January, June, July and August. So what about all those other times? Felipe was going to move in with his son-in-law who lives a short walk away, but why not let him keep living in the house, care take it and work exchange to build a print studio? This way he keeps living in the home he built. He will be there to maintain it pay the electric and water bill and we will use it when we can.

In 2013 I get my next sabbatical and I have no plans of returning to my job. You will find me running in the mountains, swimming the Abiquiu Lake or in the studio.

For friends and friends of friends if you are wondering, yes you can rent it.

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In June I will be teaching a short printmaking course on Sundays at Muriel Guepin Gallery in Brooklyn. Why don’t you come for one for all four sessions?

What a relief ! Printmaking Workshop
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM – [Starts 06/06/10]
Class Size Limited to: limited to 10
$110.00 (material included)

4 days – June 6, 13, 20 and 27th 1:30- 4:30 – One session $110 or register for all four for $360 Woodcut and Linocut are two examples of relief printing techniques, and historically were used by the ancient Egyptians for printing on fabric. This class explores those techniques and is for artists who wish to experiment with printing bold, graphic prints. Each week we will explore a new technique starting with transferring an image on the block and proper carving technique. Then we will move into printing single and multiple blocks, registration, paper types, and chine colle. Images up to 12” x 16” can be printed on the Charles Brand press and larger images can be printed by hand. All levels welcome. Ages 16 and over. In July follow up this class with Drop by Printing! A day where you can bring in your blocks, your paper and your problems. Together will will devise solutions to all your printing woes.

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Hilary Lorenz, GPS Running Drawing 50" x 60"

This post is not about running exactly, it is about the artwork that I am making based on running or more exact based on the GPS trails of my runs.

This is a drawing in progress that traces my running routes via GPS. I  devised a system of drawing that color codes workouts such as long runs, tempo runs, interval runs, etc and traces each one on the map at the completion of the run. There will be a whole series such as “The New York Marathon” that just traces my race, or “March” which is all the runs that I completed in March. This drawing contains  just over one month of runs beginning in October.  The runs are as short as 200 meter interval work up to 22 mile run runs from the Lower East Side of Manhattan up to the west side George Washington Bridge and back.

These photos show me working on the actual drawing and various states of completion. I will continue on this piece for approximately 6 months. Also you can see two completed pencil drawings that are a one-day route.

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