Don’t Touch Anything.


Sometimes things don't work out exactly how you plan. Last year, Jason had big plans for debuting a new body of work out in Marfa during Chinati Weekend. The collection he'd worked on for months featured juxtapositions of characters and images from films famous for their West Texas connections. He titled the work The Marfa Mash-Up.  He got an early read on his designs for this set of prints by circulating early versions among his inner circle of designers, directors, curators and printmakers in NY, LA and Texas. By far, the image that drew the biggest response, which means out loud guffawing, was a piece titled Don't Touch Anything.


The Marfa Mash-up was a smash up success. Operating out of what some Marfa locals affectionately refer to as the old Quaid Place in downtown Marfa, The Marfa Mash-up delighted patrons and much of this collection sold during the first two days in the gallery. New works were happily packed and shipped on the spot, sent to new homes across the country. Sadly, Don't Touch Anything never made it to the party. Back in Austin, just days before the show, Don't Touch Anything proved a formidable challenge for the print maker Satch Grimley


The image highlights Ingólfur Arnarrson’s series of graphite drawings with an oil drenched Jett Rink.  A white on white image, a formidable challenge for any printmaker.  Nearly impossible, or so it would seem.


Satch Grimley, of Red Bluff Studios, did not settle for letting this halftone nightmare elude him. One day he called Jason and said, “It's done," overcoming the laws of printmaking to produce the unprintable print.


Only five archival prints have been created.  Don't Touch Anything will be released October 5, during Chinati Weekend in Marfa TX. 


Also during Chinati Weekend, Archer will release a new body of work called Camp Capitol Hill.  This group of prints depict US politicians as sleep away summer campers.   Camp Capitol Hill will exhibit at Super!Alright! in Austin during EAST.  Get your guffaws ready, Camp Capitol hill doesn't pull any punches.

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