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If you missed the Press and Pull  show, you missed one spectacular night…  Letterpress, screenprint and etching pieces were featured by an all-star line-up including Letterform, Megan Sterling, Ryan Kapp, Sonnenzimmer and Veronica Corzo-Duchardt of Winterbureau and was held at creative go-round here in Chicago. Check out some highlights and stunning work from the show by clicking here, or clicking on the image below:

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Tomorrow, five artists and designers from the Chicago area will be showcased in “Press & Pull”. Come by and view letterpress, screenprint and etching pieces by an all-star line-up including Letterform, Megan Sterling, Ryan Kapp, Sonnenzimmer and Veronica Corzo-Duchardt of Winterbureau. Recognize the names? From Harrington faculty to Harrington Grads, this show is sure to be a great one!

Press and Pull // a show of rad prints by rad hands
Friday, April 15th // 7pm till around 10:30 pm
At creative go-round // 459 N Milwaukee Ave
Spirits, snacks, great work and lots of good people will be there!

Get a taste of what’s to be featured:

Have any questions about the event? Contact Tre’ Henry, Assistant Director/Curator of creative go-round and exhibition organizer at thenry@creativegoround.org.

You can find out more about creative go-round and its founder from a past blog feature here.

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Recently I found out that Harrington instructor Megan Sterling had a solo exhibition “The Space Between” at Boise State University’s Visual Arts Center! I followed up with her to learn more…

“My latest work includes large scale charcoal drawings of disembodied limbs that are cut-out and placed on the walls in an installation fashion.  These are a whole other way for me to work—my printmaking is so small-scale in comparison because it is very technical, which I enjoy.  Printmaking involves a lot of tools, physical work and skill within the medium and I love that I can make multiples of the images.  However, I like to challenge myself, which is why I work in such a large scale— sometimes making pieces that are 16 feet tall each, and creating works that address entire gallery walls and respond to a specific space.  The human figure is a challenge anyway, so doing enormous versions is intense, both for me as the maker, and also for the viewer who is confronted by them in a gallery space,” Megan said.

You can see some glimpses of her gallery in the photos above! Also, check out her great site at http://megansterling.com/home.html

About Megan Sterling:
Megan Sterling is an artist and printmaker from Idaho currently living in Chicago. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boise State University in Printmaking and currently teaches Beginning & Intermediate Drawing, Color, 2D Design and Screen Printing full time at the Harrington College of Design.

Art courtesy Megan Sterling

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This feature is continued from yesterday…

From the Harrington College of Design’s classrooms to exhibits across the country, Megan Sterling’s passion and talent for 2D design is evident: check out some of her work below!

 

Three Billy Goat’s Gruff
2005
Drypoint, Serigraph, Collagraph
22″ x 30″
“In this particular series, I examine three common children’s’ stories, each with a hierarchy of three similar characters and a contrasting antagonist. The intention was to deconstruct the saccharine surface of the stories by using a literal, monochromatic, single-frame narrative derived from the stories against blocks of color and objects that probe for associations and dramatize the violence.”

 

Sustenance
2005
Tin recipe box, printed tea bags
3.5″ x 5″

Here’s a short video clip from Megan’s 2007 exhibition at the Contemporary Art Workshop:
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmyeZTt_5S0]

I followed up with Megan to here what inspires her. Megan shared, “I have to say, I really love creating things that are both realistic and tangible, but enigmatic.  I like to create narratives with open-ended questions, allow it to be interpreted different ways, and not in a sugary saccharine way— the edge of oddness (or sometimes darkness) often makes them do a double-take.  If there are elements people can identify with, whether it is the figure, a small animal or something, that makes it an avenue of access, so when I create something mysterious or enigmatic with that imagery , it pulls them in rather than shuts them out.

I always drew a lot when I was a kid. My family encouraged me, my grandmother got me art classes in grade school, and I took art classes in middle and high school.  When I went to college, I had no idea what to do with myself, so without knowing anything or bothering to do any research, graphic design sounded like a good way to do something artistic and still potentially make money.  But as I started to take my foundations classes, I discovered I loved the art making much more, the conceptual nature of creating, and in an independent way— I realized I would probably not work well with clients.  But even then, I don’t think I had much confidence in myself, and didn’t know what I would do with it.  That’s where important mentors came in.  There were faculty who noticed me, my passion and hard work, and knew that I just needed guidance.  They took me under their wing, pushed me on my work and encouraged me to go to graduate school (which I had never even heard of before that!).  As I figured out what I needed to do, I realized that it doesn’t matter if you are an artist, graphic designer, or an engineer, your success depends on YOU— your work ethic, attitude and the quality of work you do.  So I worked REALLY hard and one thing led to another…”

To see more examples of her work, from very large-scale cut-out charcoal drawings, to medium sized drawings/paintings and prints, visit Megan’s website, www.megansterling.com.

Megan Sterling also has an upcoming Solo Exhibition! 

The Space Between, Solo Exhibition
January 28 – February 25, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 28, 6 – 8pm – Gallery 1 (LA)

Boise State University – Liberal Arts Gallery
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID
208-426-3994

For more information about the gallery, location, parking, etc., go to http://artdept.boisestate.edu/

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You may recognize her name from a few past Harrington blog posts such as her recent contribution to Harrington’s 2010 IMAGINE… what you may not know is just how involved Megan Sterling, full-time instructor at the Harrington College of Design, is within the design community outside of the college as well!

Megan Sterling is an artist and printmaker from Idaho who received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boise State University in Printmaking. She is currently a full-time instructor at the Harrington College of Design where she teaches Beginning & Intermediate Drawing, Color, 2D Design and Screen Printing.

I followed up with Megan to learn about how her passion for art influences her life outside of Harrington. Megan said, “Aside from teaching full time at Harrington and making and showing my work, I work for another local artist one day a week and I volunteer at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative one day a week, where I have a studio and make my printmaking work.”

Keep reading tomorrow when I’ll share more of Megan’s work as well as an upcoming exhibit she will be featured in!

Print courtesy Megan Sterling: Gently Up the Stream, 2009 Screen Print, Wood Cut, Monotype  8″x20″

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Yesterday I shared Sonnenzimmer’s commemorative poster they created for Harrington College of Design’s IMAGINE 2010 Event.

Harrington College of Design instructors Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling also contributed to the event by creating a commemorative poster which you can see above. 

The concept for the poster first took shape from an initial drawing by Megan. After some collaboration between Duffy and Megan on details, text and atmosphere, the final imagery took shape.

Duffy shared, “The printing was led by Megan with assistance from me, as well as timely help from the wonderful Maria Sanchez of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. In total, we printed four layers to produce the finished image, with each layer as a separate color.”

As a result of the project, Duffy and Megan plan to create more collaborative projects in the future – I, for one, definitely look forward to seeing the work!

Again, warm thanks are due to our Harrington instructors Duffy and Megan – thanks for your creative contribution to IMAGINE 2010!

Poster courtesy Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling.

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IMAGINE is an annual art auction organized by Harrington College of Design. Each year, a new charity is chosen to receive all the proceeds from the event. This year, the money raised was donated to Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA).

For this year’s IMAGINE event, a commemorative poster was created by a well-known screen print studio, Sonnenzimmer, and Harrington instructors Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling. I followed up with Nadine Nakanishi from Sonnenzimmer to hear the background story behind their poster (pictured above) and here is what I found out…

“We were honored to work on a project of this scale, producing an edition of commemorative posters. It’s so nice to get a break from gig posters and the idea that we could actually be helping someone in need with our work feels really good.

With such a loaded word as “Imagine”, we struggled to find the right imagery for the project. Cliches are always hard to avoid, but this time around it was even harder than usual! We are sure everyone would get a good laugh from some of our initial sketches. Think bad, then think worse! After lots of back and forth, we eventually settled on an impossible geometric abstraction anchored by a warm color pallet. We wanted to reference the hope that DIFFA helps spread, without beating the audience over the head with the imagery usually associated with such a sentiment,” Nadine shared.
Warm thanks to Sonnenzimmer for your outstanding work and contribution to IMAGINE 2010!

Poster courtesy Sonnenzimmer

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