Rock, Paper, Tusche: Student work from Lithography 148A
Lithography, printing from a stone, is possible through the natural sensitivity of fine grained limestone to grease and water. Discovered in 1798 by Alois Senfelder in a search for a cheaper way to reproduce plays and music, it eventually replaced other commercial printing techniques. Since then lithography has enjoyed extensive commercial, technical, and artistic use.
Unlike intaglio or relief, lithography is autographic and expressive. Taking place on a flat surface, lithographic image and non-image areas are chemically differentiated based on the antipathy of oil and water. Reticulation of tusche, crayon, scraping, and all manner of drawing techniques combine to produce original prints that have a unique character.
The Stanford University lithography program grew from Professor Emeritus Nathan Oliviera, a painter and printmaker whose genius was demonstrated in his work in lithography at Stanford. Nathan Oliviera also was the teacher of my teacher in lithography, Kenjilo Nanao. Their work has inspired me to become a master printmaker and I'm privileged to continue teaching this mysterious art form at Stanford.
Students: Ali Andrews, Sophia Colello, Gabriella Guerra, Jacqueline Machesky, Benny Siam, Mahie Wilhelm, J. Zhu
Instructor: Kathryn Kain
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