About this project
zenzizenziZENZIC PRESS at ps·z
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zenzizenziZENZIC PRESS at ps·z
Zenzic Press will provide Iowa City with the space, equipment, and knowledge to explore the conceptual and material methods of Print Media in the traditions of image, text, and book. Our goal is to establish accessible user-friendly printmaking facilities that will accommodate the traditional techniques of Intaglio, Relief, Silkscreen, and Letterpress and address non-traditional questions of a cross-disciplinary experimental practice. For example, how can a print shop collaborate with a kitchen?
Zenzic Press is a component of the larger ps·z project, which is expanding the physical and conceptual space of PS1 by cultivating a community of experimental thinking, process, and creative production that extends the mission of the existing exhibition and performance venue. Public Space One (psONE) is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 entity under the umbrella of their parent group The James Gang and is the operating body for the two distinct physical spaces (ps·z and PS1).
Physically, ps·z is a repurposed, multi-use basement in downtown Iowa City. This work space hosts both private and communal art studios, a community print shop (zenzizenziZenzic), a kitchen, and is home to a plethora of programming including low-to-no-cost workshops, Free Art School, and the monthly artist funding project: SOUP. The ps·z project activates local artists to administer, experiment, and collaborate within and from this space. Combinations and juxtapositions of print, performance, publication, workshop, website, conversation, and meal extend from the administration of the project to programs that reach out into the fabric of our small town.
At Zenzic Press, we recognize that the practice of Printmaking is historically rooted in the widespread dissemination of ideas, and that the print shop practicality of shared equipment encourages the practices of collaboration and conversation. We aim to assist in the permeation of these fundamental Print characteristics throughout ps·z.
Since the end of WWII, the tradition of fine art printmaking has thrived in the American Midwest through the support of institutions such as The University of Iowa. With the tenure of internationally recognized printmaker Mauricio Lasansky in 1945, The University of Iowa became a vital center in the development of academic Printmaking programs. Together, the internationally recognized Printmaking Department, Iowa Writers Workshop, and Center for the Book at The University of Iowa secure the pivotal role of Iowa City in the history of the printed image, text, and book.
With this history, it is shocking that a community print shop does not currently exist in Iowa City, and we want this to change. We have the people, the knowledge, and the space. We simply need more equipment. Help ps·z continue to grow by allowing Zenzic Press to become the community print shop that Iowa City wants and deserves!
All donations will go toward obtaining the equipment necessary to furnish a functional workspace that can provide the makers and thinkers of Iowa City with affordable access to expensive equipment not easily obtained by individuals. First and foremost, we expect to spend $4,000 - $6,000 on obtaining a used Intaglio Press. Anything above and beyond the initial goal will support our first year programming costs, including the provision of low to no cost classes and workshops. We are also welcoming donations of printmaking equipment.
Zenzic Press Goals
- To unite makers and thinkers in a cooperative production space that promotes the exchange of knowledge and skills.
- To provide access to specialized printmaking equipment and alternative educational opportunities in an approachable and affordable workshop.
- To facilitate community engagement through the organization of free workshops, lectures, and classes generated by and for the diverse communities living in and as Iowa City.
- To explode and expand the definition of Printmaking by exploring the practice as a conceptual gathering place (0,0) for cross-disciplinary, experimental, creative risk-takers.
Zenzic Press Needs
Intaglio Press, Etching Blankets, Vertical Etching Tank, Ferric Chloride, Printmaking Hot Plate, Sinks (Silk screen Washout / Intaglio Paper Soaking), Pressure Washer, Silk screen Drying Racks, Desktop Computer, Laser Printer and Toner, Scanner, Flat Files, Lockers, Wood-Glass-Construction Materials for Work Tables and More, Cardboard-Blotters-Box Fan for our Print Dryer, Printmaking Brayers and Composition Rollers, Metal Rulers and Tear Bars, Self-Healing Cutting Mat, Basic Intaglio / Relief / Silkscreen Tools (Etching Needles, Carving Tools, Silkscreen Squeegees, etc.…), Cleaning Supplies and Vegetable Oil (to clean up the ink!), and a First Aid Kit
Kickstarter fundraising is all-or-nothing: if we do not reach our goal of $10,000 we will not receive any of the pledged donations and your credit card will not be charged. If we do reach our goal (and with your help we can!) your credit card will be charged on September 15th, 2012. To the right, we have a breakdown of rewards that we would like to share in return for your contribution. Every dollar counts. Please help us bring printmaking to ps·z and the Iowa City community!
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If you would like more than one reward for your donation, send us an email and we will make it happen. *subject to availability on limited rewards
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One of two unique impression Intaglio prints from artist An Pham
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Don't miss this other great work donated by artist An Pham.
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About the Reward Contributors
Peter Correll is a designer, ex-educator/carpenter and a co-conspirator at ps·z studios. Built works include buildings, posters, quantum logos, moving pictures, and flip books (recently included in a Museum as Hub exhibition at The New Museum in NYC). He is usually searching for ways to introduce wrinkles into the smooth and polished streamline.
Anita Jung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Printmaking at The University of Iowa and former president of the Southern Graphics Council. Her art has been exhibited in juried, invitational and one-person exhibitions throughout the U.S. She has also exhibited work in Argentina, Iceland, Puerto Rico, China and Poland. Her work is in numerous National and International public collections.
Andrew Koslowski is an accomplished printmaker, art critic, and co-founder of the Studio 23 cooperative print shop in Richmond, VA. His work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. Andrew received a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Auburn University. Please visit www.andrewkozlowski.com
Andrew Kosten pursued the arts from a very early age prior to receiving a Bachelors degree in painting from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001 and a Masters degree in printmaking from the University of South Dakota in 2005. Andrew is currently an instructor of printmaking at Middle Tennessee State University and takes part in a multitude of juried fine art competitions both nationally and internationally. See more work at www.andrewkosten.com
An Pham is an artist and educator currently located in Richmond, Virginia. Her work is widely exhibited and held in numerous collections. She received her MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2011. To see more work visit www.an-pham.com
About the Zenzic Press Founders
John Engelbrecht is an interdisciplinary artist who happens to run a community art gallery & performance space in Iowa City. John is interested in art as a platform for activating and propagating a more thoughtful, open-minded, and fulfilling way to exist in the world.
Chis Mortenson is an artist and founding Co-Director of the Zenzic Press. His work is concerned with Wildness and the way that society engages with the natural world through imagery, definition, and experience. Chris received his MFA from The University of Iowa, where he studied Photography and Printmaking and he is currently the Adjunct Professor of Photography at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.
Kristen Necessary is an artist and founding Co-Director of Zenzic Press. She encourages awareness and consideration of the mundane with a hope that creating work which incorporates humor, humility and imperfection can promote a more open, understanding society. Kristen was awarded an MFA by The University of Iowa where she studied Printmaking and Drawing and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. To learn more, visit www.kristennecessary.com
Special thanks to Stephen Crompton (video) and Derek Andes (sound).
Z is an unknown variable
Z is the third dimension on the X, Y, Z axis
Zenzic is the square of a number; a multiple
Zenzizenzizenzic references a number raised to the eighth power, it also includes the most z's of any work in the English language
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