Workshop: Pressless – Blockprinting and Bookmaking Workshop

Presented in partnership between Abrons Arts Center and Printed Matter / St Marks

Print an image without a press, bind a book without a factory! In this workshop co-facilitated by River Torres and Chang Yuchen, participants will exercise the complete workflow of making a block-printed book. The principles of relief printing without a press and the skills of making a book with a single sheet of paper will be shared. With limited materials and unlimited creativity, every table can be a print shop, everyone is a publisher.

April 2, 1 – 3 PM
Room 201
All Ages
Materials will be provided

$20 Suggested Donation / RSVP Required


ABOUT

River Torres is a multidisciplinary collage artist and printmaker based in Brooklyn. Having received their BA in Art Therapy they inform their practice through the exploration of internal perceptions and healing. Their aim is to amplify the tenderness, solitude and violence that accompanies existence. Using limited resources and found materials to create visual reflections on what it means to navigate living. Their artistic philosophy is one rooted in art as accessible healing and communication. https://www.instagram.com/violentmirror/

Chang Yuchen is an artist based in New York. She works in an interdisciplinary manner — writing as weaving, drawing as translation, teaching as hospitality and commerce as everyday revolution (see Use Value). By constantly entering and exiting each medium, she strolls against the category of things, the labor division among people. 

Yuchen was an artist in residence at NARS x Governors Island Satellite Residency Program, MASS MoCA, Museum of Art and Design and more. She has shown/performed her works at UCCA Dune, Taikwun Contemporary, Abrons Art Center, Para Site, Salt Projects, Assembly Room and etc. Yuchen teaches through Center for Book Arts, Printed Matter Inc, Asia Art Archive in America, CUE Art Foundation, she has also been a guest lecturer at Yale University, New York University, ArtCenter College of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of the Arts, among others. @yuchenyuchen

Abrons Arts Center is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs, and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.

Printed Matter / St Marks is Printed Matter Inc.’s second bookstore, opened in July 2018. The ground floor storefront is located in the heart of the East Village (on the corner of St Marks Place and 2nd Avenue) within the nonprofit arts institution Swiss Institute.

The store’s curated selection of publications and editions reflects Printed Matter’s larger catalog and mission—including independently published books by artists, zines, rare and historical material, along with a selection of artist-made multiples, prints, and posters. This smaller Printed Matter outpost aims to foster and grow our community in the East Village, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. Printed Matter / St Marks focuses on books and programming that celebrate the history of avant garde art and countercultural publications in Lower Manhattan.