Suminagashi or “floating ink,” is a paper marbling process that originated in Japan by Shinto monks in the 12th century. This process produces mono prints by painting patterns directly onto the surface of water with ink, laying down a piece of paper, and removing after a few seconds. This meditative exercise captures in visual form a moment in time when nature bonds with the human spirit. Artist Sto Len appropriates this technique in various forms of printmaking with water that he calls, Tsunaminagashi. Renouncing the fussiness historically associated with marbling, Sto’s work instead celebrates chaos and nature. Layers of oil paint, vegetable oils, spray paint, dirt and various debris is built up on the water surface in large kiddie pools, wooden trays and buckets for hours and sometimes days while preparing a print.
Recent collaborations with nature, sewage and pollution in the New York waterways (and recently the West Lake in Vietnam) has made the outdoors his second studio. For this workshop, Sto will give a talk about his explorations in the studio and on the boat and then guide us through the process of suminagashi, where we will make multiple prints on paper.
RUNOFF // Works by Sto Len, is on view at Parlor from July 22 to August 31, 2017. Check out related events:
Saturday, July 22, 11-6 pm
Sunday, July 23, 11-5 pm
Cinders Gallery, SF Art Book Fair
1275 Minnesota Street
RUNOFF, Works by Sto Len, is presented at Parlor in association with the SF Art Book Fair 2017.
Check out Adobe Book’s Art + Book Lover’s Party plus works by Kate Rosenberger and Justin Carder in the Backroom Gallery. Saturday, July 22, 6-10 pm, Adobe Books 3130 24th Street.