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The cycle is complete!

 (Jim Escalante)On March 26th, 2015, I delivered a stack of books that I made at Books On Display, contains over 35 photos from the project. Caryl Askins placed the book in the display window. Sunday morning, I visited the window to capture this image. A photo documentary project, about books in a window, is now a book in that window! I will update this post soon, once I have set up a link for purchasing the book at Blurb.

Julie Copenhagen’s False Idols

False Idols, a Master of Fine Arts installation by Julie Copenhagen. Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Jim Escalante/Photography by Jim Escalante)
All to often on campus, a show opens and in 6.5 days it closes. Julie Copenhagen, a student in book arts and ceramics installed her Master of Arts Exhibition. Click on the image above to see more photographs of her installation on line.

Learn how to make a gif


 In class today, I will demonstrate how to create a gif file from a short video. Often a single photo does not capture the time element of a piece of art. The neon artwork is by Aaron David, it was included in the 2015 BFA Exhibition in the 7th Floor Gallery, Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Madiosn.

Books on Display Exhibition Opening

Paul's Book Store, Madison, Wisconsin. Window display. (Photograph by Jim Escalante/Photography by Jim Escalante)Friday March 6, 2015, the Central Branch Library will be hosting Night Lights an evening of arts and crafts. As part of the evening, I will have an exhibition of twenty photographs. The photographs are from a series of images taken over several years of the window display by Caryl Askins, owner of Paul’s Book Store, 670 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Doors to the exhibition open at 8pm. The event will continue until 11 pm. It will be great to see you at the opening. Once the exhibition opens, you will be able to see more photos from the exhibit by clicking on this Books on Display link or by clicking on the image above. The exhibition will remain in the 3rd floor gallery at the Central Branch Library at 201 West Mifflin Street, Madison, Wisconsin until April 23, 2015.

Twin Peaks: Black Lodge Photo Booth

Twin Peaks2Friday, February 6 at the Madison Public Library yours truly will be working with other artist to create a “Photo ‘Op” Photo booth during the Twin Peak Anniversary event. Photos snap shots start at 8PM. Stop by for a photo. It will be worth a thousand words. More information at Madison Public FaceBook events pages. The event was well attended and we all had fun! Check out the photos here.

Tortillas La Iguana

 (Jim Escalante)
What started out as an experiment in making paper from corn husks, has turned into a small print for the HWT Wayzgoose 2014 on Sunday, November 8th. Instead of forming regular sheets of paper from the corn husk pulp, we poured the pulp into a variety of round shapes. When the paper dried it resembled tortillas so much that I had to create a new brand, Tortillas La Iguana! Thanks to Tracy Honn from the Silver Buckle Press for suggesting how I should print the plate on different sizes of paper. The classroom’s Vandercook 219 has a set of rollers for inking that lift up enough to not touch the paper as the platen cylinder rolls over during the printing run. Our friends at Boxcar Press made the plates for this run. Below is short video on the printing steps. At the press is Julie Marie Copenhagen.

Getting set for an evening at MMoCA

On November 13th, 2014, a few students and I will be working on a quick book project as part of the “Under the Influence” program at 6 pm. One of the book structures we will explore is the Turkish Map Fold. Thanks to Sona Pastel-Daneshgar for demonstrating in the video.

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