07 July 2009
Keiji Shinohara in Alabama (and Online)
Keiji Shinohara, a master woodblock printer who lives in Connecticut and teaches his craft at Wesleyan University, currently has an exhibit on view at Johnson Center for the arts in Troy, Alabama. Happily, the works can be seen online as well.
The intent of the Alabama exhibit is educational as well as aesthetic, to "create a series of works that would visually document the distinctive process of Japanese woodblock printing." To this end, one of the prints is shown with each of the blocks used to create it as well as examples of the successive printing steps.
Keiji Shinohara is also author of one of the best demonstrations of traditional ukiyo-e printing methods on the internet, the Wesleyan Ukiyo-e Techniques site.