To celebrate the art of Risograph printing we invited 12 Southern California print makers to display examples of work utilizing a Risograph printer. Tonight we open our doors to the public to educate individuals on the use of this rare technology that has gained favor with creatives and artists as a true print form. We will have a printer on-site printing 11″x17″ posters for the public and demonstrating the uses of the printer
What is a Risograph?
The Risograph was a high-speed and high-volume digital printing/duplicator system that was released in Japan in 1986. Marketed as a cheap quick printer it bridged the gap between offset printing and thermal printing. The Risograph creates a raised stencil of the image to be duplicated, like offset printing, and prints one color and one layer at a time using an interchangeable colored cylindrical drum. The result is a printed image very much alike to the results of screen-printing.
Since 1986 the use of Risograph Printers commercially has declined but the machine has found favor with artists, designers and creatives. In the last decade this rare technology has transitioned into the creative marketplace as an efficient and aesthetically pleasing method of printing with rich bold colors.
Jeff McMillan’s interest in the old time sport of Prigus sparked the interest of his collaborators at RVCA, and us. We held the Prigus Sport Show last October, and RVCA recently created a video documenting Jeff’s journey.
The origins of Prigus Sport are in a small little town in the North East corner of Georgia named Rabun Gap. That’s where the Bengal Tigers started. The Prigus is the game ball. It was named after a tiny field lizard that inhabited the farms around that that time. Sadly, it went extinct after a short run craze of prigus-skinned billfolds swept the state. As a tribute to this tiny unfortunate lizard, they named the game ball and eventually the sport after it. In present day, it’s about the size of a tennis ball, but has a hot pink suede skin and is solid rubber on the inside (the hot pink color was later adopted to be seen better on the field). There used to be a rubber factory that supported the town of Rabun Gap in the 1920’s, making rubber the available game ball of choice and it has stayed that way since. During WWII the ball was adapted due to the rubber shortage. A two-inch circle was removed from the middle of the ball making it no longer solid. This change made the ball lighter, faster and caused fewer injuries. The ball is cast up and down the field with wooden paddles (similar to the classic fraternity paddle), with the goal of the game being to knock down the opponent’s pins. The pins were originally circle disks about 18 inches in circumference. They were secured by poles that held them up until a pin was struck down by the Prigus. Once all the pins were down a winner was declared. A couple farms in the area put teams together and they played other teams from other farms in the area. The American Dingo, a breed of dog known around Rabun Gap who liked to eat the tiny lizards, kept getting involved in the games and eventually joined the sport. The Dingo became important to the team. The dog would play the part of a sprinter and carry the Prigus up the field and give it to player to score. They are extremely smart and easily trained, and amazingly became part of the evolution of the game.
Catch us at the first annual Long Beach Zine Fest!
The 1st Annual Long Beach Zine Fest (LBZF) will feature a diverse range of zine artists and publishers, live music, and zine panels and workshops. By attending LBZF you will also have free access to tour the MoLAA exhibits.
Spring has sprung from around the corner, and with it, the promise of new books! Here’s a look at some of the new titles in the store.
Wayward Cognitions is a collection of photographs by Ed Templeton (born 1972), chosen from his archives spanning 20 years. For this volume, Templeton selected photographs that do not fit into his usual manner of organizing by theme or subject. In past publications he has arranged his work in straightforward groupings such as Teenage Kissers, Teenage Smokers, or photographs shot from a moving car (as in his book The Seconds Pass)
Published by Um Yeah Arts
The Bike Riders
First published in 1968, and now back in print for the first time in ten years, The Bikeridersexplores firsthand the stories and personalities of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club. This journal-size volume features original black-and-white photographs and transcribed interviews by Lyon, made from 1963 to 1967, when he was a member of the Outlaws gang. Authentic, personal and uncompromising, Lyon’s depiction of individuals on the outskirts of society offers a gritty yet humane perspective that subverts more commercialized treatments of Americana. Akin to the documentary style of 1960s-era New Journalism made famous by writers such as Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Tom Wolfe, Lyon’s photography is saturation reporting at its finest. The Bikeriders is a touchstone publication of 1960s counterculture, crucially defining the vision of the outlaw biker as found in Easy Rider and countless other movies and photobooks.
Published by Aperture
Introduction To Information Design
Information design is the visualization of information through graphic design. This invaluable guide provides a creative, informative, and practical introduction to the general principles of information design. With chapters on understanding the audience, structure, legibility and readability, selection of media, experimentation and multi-platform delivery, An Introduction to Information Design gives a complete overview of this fundamental aspect of visual communication.
Published by Lawrence King
The Complete Posters of Tadanori Yokoo
Few artists of any medium have captured successfully in their work the visual inundation common to those living in large cosmopolitan cities such as Tokyo, New York, London or Hong Kong. We are bombarded on a daily basis with all types of visual information and images from print media, smart phones and even some forms of public transformation. This exhibition catalogue from the National Museum of Osaka (2010) shows Tadanori Yokoos considerable and remarkable print and poster production. Includes essays by Christopher Mount, a former curator at MoMA and editor of I.D. Magazine and Akira Tatehata, director of The National Museum of Osaka.