No Wall No Ban
12 x 24 in
This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum April 17-June 30, 2018. There are a limited number of these prints available.
R-N-R Showprint is a collaborative letterpress and graphic design studio based in Norfolk, Virginia whose principal designers and printers are Ivanete Blanco and David Shields. They have a combined forty-five years of experience as graphic designers, and their interest in letterpress, fueled in good part by the work of Hatch Show Print, turned to practice upon arriving in the Art Department at Old Dominion University. From the sticky smacking sound of the ink hitting the paper to the feel of the smooth shopworn faces of the wood blocks, they find the physical experience of letterpress to be a powerful counterbalance to long hours spent in front of a computer monitor. They are fascinated by the limitations of the letterpress composing process and the unpredictability of the printing surfaces.
As opposed to the infinite possibilities of digital imaging, letterpress work demands a very flexible problem solving process in which designs and ideas must be worked out with the available materials, one block at a time. This is not to say we don't have an open approach to the creative flow between analog and digital image creation. In developing our letterpress work, we tend to use a good old fashioned pencil to begin work, a computer to explore typographic ideas, and a press on which all the particulars are worked out. While our point of departure is the traditional show print utilizing Old Dominion University’s historic letterpress collection, we regularly incorporate custom plates created from traditional linocuts and non-traditional materials like rope, fabric, scrap lumber, OSB, auto gasket and laser-cut acrylic.