Thesis: Greg Stone

The academic engine that fuels so much artistic print production and inquiry hits a fever pitch at this time of year with students at all levels of higher education producing culminate work toward their various degrees. The future of print belongs to these young minds so why not survey what they’re making. Printeresting will be sharing a sampling of thesis work from all over the US and beyond in a series called All These Theses.

Greg Stone is receiving an MFA from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. His thesis exhibition, Salad Days, consisted of an interactive installation of prints, sculpture, painting and artist books. With the goal of providing an immersive, nostalgic, and subversive creative experience; viewers were asked to climb into a fort and peruse a library of over sixty artist’s books made of old printed material. More than half of the library consist of collaborative books, created with a range of people across the country from children to artists to scientists and teachers. On the ground floor viewers were asked to contribute to the library by drawing or writing in a book. The fort consisted of salvaged and new wood and old printed bed sheets, while the prints hung on clothes lines were all unique images with etching, chine-collé, silkscreen, paper lithography, relief and hand coloring. Here is his statement…

     “We all long for the simpler days of childhood. A simpler time before we were faced with the exponential responsibilities of adulthood. Some people, myself included, also long for a time back before we were sucked into our glowing screens, constantly inundated with news from around the world be it meaningful or inconsequential. I yearn for the time when people talked to each other, wrote letters back and forth, went outside to enjoy fresh air, and occasionally picked up a pencil just to draw something.  Unfortunately, life goes on and we are forced to grow up and forced to face the realities of maturity and societal shifts.
      My work is a battleground between the nostalgia for boyhood; going outside, building forts, and reading comics, and the unsolicited responsibilities that come with growing up. Beneath the layers of bright colors, cartoonish imagery, and humor lay elements of sarcasm, cynicism and anxiety. 
Salad Days asks you to take a step back enjoy the moment, forget about your worries and climb up into a fort. Sit down on a bench and draw, write and scribble your troubles away.”

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