Wild Pony

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Wild Pony Editions and Mavs Letterpress+

The University of Texas Arlington Department of Art + Art History brings artists, designers, poets and students together to collaborate in the creating of innovative prints and book works in a wide range of traditional and nontraditional print media and techniques. At its essence, WP Editions and MLP+ seek to engage students in the language and strategies of contemporary art while fostering an educational experience that both promotes and challenges traditional printmaking. What is unique about WP Editions and MLP+ is that they provide students with a completely interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial experience. They work closely with faculty in selecting and collaborating with artists, designers and poets to manage the projects, budgets, archiving, public relations, and promotion. A copy of each work that is created will be maintained within the departmental collection.

The printshop at UT Arlington and Wild Pony Editions offers artists and designers access to a wide range of technologies, including photolithography, intaglio and silkscreen as well as traditional relief and intaglio. With access to two lithography and four intaglio presses, artists are able to work in a variety of scale and media. Mavs Letterpress+ provides residents an entre to the special experience of developing unique books and broadsheets. Housing a Vandercook letterpress, lead type along side an Epson 7900 and a Mac computer and a digital router, Mavs Letterpress+ can produce works that both consider and reinvent the function of movable type.  

There are two opportunities for both established and emerging artists, designers, and poets:

Print Subscription Project-Wild Pony Editions

Each year, two artists will be invited to participate in the Print Subscription Project. Participants are asked to submit 5 images of current work, a biographical statement, a one-page resume and a 500- word description of the project that they wish to engage in. If selected, artists will be invited to realize their projects (an edition of 50 is required) by working alongside students and faculty. Wild Pony Editions and the artist agrees to split the edition, with the revenue generated from the sale of the print to provide students with scholarship opportunities and to continue hosting additional artists.

Mavs Letterpress+ Artist/Designer/Poet in Residence

During one-week in the summer, Mavs Letterpress+ will invite an artist, designer, or poet to develop a unique book or broadsheet. Participants are asked to submit 5 images of current work, a biographical statement, a one-page resume and a 500-word description of the project that they wish to engage in. If selected, participants will be invited to realize their projects (an edition of 20 is required) by working alongside students and faculty. Mavs Letterpress+ will retain half of the work produced in order to include it within the departmental and university collections. In exchange for the production of the work, invited guests are asked to work closely with students and faculty providing a glimpse into their unique creative practice.

Announcing a Wild Pony Print

Robert Hower's print: TREEGLOW

The lithograph TREEGLOW is based on an investigation of Memory and Presence.

The use of space and light as starting points for establishing creative concepts is important to my work. Growing up, I think that each one of us has unique experiences that affect how we relate to the physical and psychological world.  I grew up in a house that was an intimate space, my mother was born in the home, and my grandfather built the home. My awareness and memory of that space is keen and clear. The essence of the light and space captured in that environment was very powerful and with a unique presence.  I think that on a very basic level we all have similar formative conditions and experiences.

Darryl Lauster Print           Darryl Lauster Print

Darryl Lauster’s print: If You Can Buy and Sell People You Can Buy and Sell Anything

Darryl Lauster is an Assistant Professor of Intermedia/Sculpture at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has exhibited nationally at the Louise Wells Cameron Museum of Art, Appalachian State University, Millennium Plaza Park, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, the John Michael Kohler Foundation and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  He has received grants from the Peter Reed Foundation in New York City, and has served residencies at the Ucross Foundation, the Wassaic Project and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and was selected as one of the 2010 Jon Mitchell Award winners. He also serves as the Collections Manager of the Samuel Gray Society, an institute dedicated to 18th century American history. 

The print If You Can Buy and Sell People You Can Buy and Sell Anything is an iconoclastic appropriation of tropes that define the inconsistencies of American history culture.  The central image is an allegorical figure of liberty first used in an 1864 pro-union lithograph made in reaction to the Civil War.  Further images suggest institutional exclusion and segregation operating both in past and present beside the individual freedoms granted in our Bill of Rights.  Thematically, this discomforting history, reinforced by references to structures that further divide class, race and power, are offered in a disparate composition to point out the long, vulgar and omnipresent war between capitalism and morality.

Print Details:

Size: 22x29
Edition size: unique edition (artist hand work on each) 50
Paper: Rives BFK, White
Media: one run, photo lithography, 3-5 runs (depending on image) photo silkscreen, hand stamped by the artists, hand writing by the artist
Bottom Right: Signed and numbered
Bottom Left: Wild Pony Edition chop

Please contact Nancy Palmeri, npalmeri@uta.edu for additional information or to purchase the print.