Sunday, November 4, 2012

G44 Gallery Show Opening- Monoprints

As the opening of a show featuring my artwork alongside artist, Joe Higgins, at the G44 Gallery in Colorado Springs, CO approaches (opening Nov. 9), I realize that I have never fully described my artistic process and how I discovered my own monoprints.


Knowing my artistic tendencies leaned toward bright color and graphic style, my friend and fellow art major, Kate, nudged me toward taking a printmaking class, late fall 2009 during our senior year at Colorado College. I originally didn't want to do printmaking because I thought it involved an overly technical process that left no room for true inspiration. It was only a week into the class that I was proved wrong.

Before the paper ever reaches the press bed, I spend hours flipping through magazines, newspapers, old sketchbooks, postcards, anything made out of paper that has an image on it. When an interesting shape catches my attention: a shoe, ice cream cone, a skirt, a woman's hair, I cut it out and try to fit it together with another found image. The idea is to intertwine them so that they become one image. The finished shape hopefully resembles some sort of living, botanical plant, but it doesn't always. Once these pieces are carefully glued together, they are laminated and used as stencils in the print shop. It takes about an hour to hunt for and make a single shape that you see in any one of my monoprints.

One afternoon in 2009, again my friend, Kate, came across me spray painting one of my stencils onto a piece of paper. She said something like, "You should print that!" It was then that I fell in love with the sharp, embossed edges and sometimes mischievous character of the work I peeled off the press bed.

My artwork is on the right side of the poster.
At the G44 Gallery are some of the monoprints born from this time of discovery at Colorado College. In 2010 I exhibited my thesis artworks in Packard Hall and received a great positive response (although they were not for sale at that time), which I think in part led me to covet these particular monoprints until now. I realize that no one would gather a beautiful bouquet and store it away. So these artworks are out of hiding, available for the first time, and ready to be enjoyed again.

Monoprints
Opening Night
Friday, November 9
5-9pm

G44 Gallery
1785 S. 8th Street, Suite A
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

To see more of my monoprints please visit MeganMccluskey.etsy.com

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In a Poster Contest Frenzy!

Maybe it was my seldom seen competitive spirit resurfacing, or maybe I just needed to make something, or maybe it was the $500 and VIP tickets reward! but I entered a poster contest for the upcoming 2nd annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Vote here!
Colorado Springs is a host city for the race (stage 5), so I spent every tiny spare minute I had last week and made a few posters for my town. My house was in shambles by the time I submitted my artworks, and I think my husband and my child felt slightly neglected in the process, but I think it was worth it, even if I don't win. I do need to thank my mom for watching Clio and Conor for letting me borrow the new mouse!

This is my personal favorite, and the last one I created. My brother, Adam, was my model (thanks, Dude!) on a sunny day the other weekend. We took a ride through Garden of the Gods and I snapped a few pictures, which I then manipulated for the final posters. 

                      
If you think of it, please vote for my designs on Facebook! 
It's very simple to vote and the public vote is going on now through March 30.





Monday, February 13, 2012

Exploding with Joy

I can barely describe the happiness I felt and the joy that was exploding out of me when I painted this. Typical me, I decided to paint a vast landscape of the mountains and plains of Colorado.

This particular scene may be appreciated as you cruise down US-285 passing Crestone, Colorado. We took a little vacation there when Clio was about 3 months old. It was a nice place to get away. Really quirky and lots of hippies, so naturally that's where my alma mater's Baca campus is located.

I snapped a picture as we were driving home on a beautiful day in August (2011). Oh DANG IT! I just realized that I signed the painting today and dated it with a '11. Not a big deal. Ok.... anyway...

The mountains are always awesome and the Sangre de Cristo range was particularly stunning on this day. I will admit, however, that it was not the mountains that I was most excited to paint, but the clouds and the sky.

3 hour drive there...not her favorite
sleepin' with daddy
The sand dunes




UFO lookout platform
dipping our toes in the Arkansas R. on the way home