Title

The New Apocalypse Project

Presenter Information

Ross Quesnell

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

The New Apocalypse Project is my intensive and ever-changing printmaking study. It is inspired by the masterful prints of old and my own eclectic passion for creating modern-day interpretations of subjects that have long-plagued humanity. For this project, I was inspired by one artist in particular, the German printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). His Apocalypse woodcuts caught my interest. These centuries-old prints are religious in their nature, but even without their religious connotations, I find the subject of human destruction to be powerful. Rather than a supernaturally induced end to humankind, I seek to depict humans as their own cause for ruination. Enter, The New Apocalypse Project. From the beginning of the project in Spring of 2011, I have researched imagery, sketched compositions, and completed three of the nineteen plates. Sheer scale and tediously devoted labor are both areas that distinguish this project. Each 9”x12” linoleum plate takes about 100 hours to draw, carve, and print. Multiply this by 19, and I have a project that will take approximately 2,000 hours of labor to finish (if everything runs smoothly). I am ready to accept the challenge of creating a piece that will capture the attention of viewers, and hopefully inspire other art students to explore printmaking as a valuable addition to their art vocabulary.

Poster Number

37

Faculty Mentor(s)

Joan CawleyCrane

Additional Mentoring Department

Art

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The New Apocalypse Project

SURC Ballroom A

The New Apocalypse Project is my intensive and ever-changing printmaking study. It is inspired by the masterful prints of old and my own eclectic passion for creating modern-day interpretations of subjects that have long-plagued humanity. For this project, I was inspired by one artist in particular, the German printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). His Apocalypse woodcuts caught my interest. These centuries-old prints are religious in their nature, but even without their religious connotations, I find the subject of human destruction to be powerful. Rather than a supernaturally induced end to humankind, I seek to depict humans as their own cause for ruination. Enter, The New Apocalypse Project. From the beginning of the project in Spring of 2011, I have researched imagery, sketched compositions, and completed three of the nineteen plates. Sheer scale and tediously devoted labor are both areas that distinguish this project. Each 9”x12” linoleum plate takes about 100 hours to draw, carve, and print. Multiply this by 19, and I have a project that will take approximately 2,000 hours of labor to finish (if everything runs smoothly). I am ready to accept the challenge of creating a piece that will capture the attention of viewers, and hopefully inspire other art students to explore printmaking as a valuable addition to their art vocabulary.