SGCI 2015: TU Knoxville

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For those of you who couldn’t make it, this is a photo-tour of the UT Knoxville‘s art building and printmaking studios. This should not be misconstrued as comprehensive, between the many, many exhibitions, open portfolios, and demos, there was way too much to see or contain in this single post. But with a little luck you may get the flavor of this charming place during the conference mania.

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One of the many interventions in to the art building was organized by Midwest Pressed  from U of Northern Iowa.

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Titled ‘Free Bird’, the installation had students printing and giving away t-shirts, as well as a musical performance/demolition.

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Their description of what might be at stake in this project defies description, you can read about it here.

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The UT Knoxville building was delightfully weird, part Pompidou Center part Battlestar Galactica. Lots of open space, a huge atrium, brutalist cement supports, and brightly colored exposed ductwork.

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The print studio was spacious and had really good natural light.

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There were demos running through out the conference.

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All the print media was housed in a large central room, with smaller rooms off the side for processing, offices, and a very nice grad/faculty research studio.

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Lounging area.

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Digital lab, complete with pirate and ladder.

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The space was full of lots of great posters and ephemera from the print events.

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The graining sink. (ahem)

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Printshop signage.

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The Fabled Crit-Tiki.

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Our hardworking hosts.

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Some work by past visiting artists.

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Prof. Koichi Yamamoto showed me his ingeniously designed office, and couldn’t resist getting a little engraving in while we were there.

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Painting culture (above).

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More demo madness.

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Etching room.

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The grad/faculty workspace had one of the largest presses I’ve seen outside of a professional printshop.

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Crystal Wagner had an amazing installation crawling around the space, (more on that in a later post).

P1100847Faculty escape pod units.

As with all our conference coverage, this event was documented in a frantic manner (sorry!), so if you see someones work mislabeled or unattributed, please post it to the comments and we’ll make the correction.

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