Brooklyn’s Ringmasters of Monochrome Woodcut Follies

by davidbjensen

Their mission at Cannonball Press is a simple recipe:

  • 1 lurking artist
  • 1 one-eyed master printer
  • 1 idea
  • 5 cups backwater goo
  • 6 spoonfuls of jumpstart and holler
  • 9 lbs. mess with your face
  • 1 bottle Tickle-My-Fancy
  • 6 smatterings of kick-ass juice
  • 1 handful of Fine Art

Preheat idea in Oven of Rock.  Make sure color is off!  Allow images to gestate and contort at will.  When mysterious, funny, or twisted, remove and slap on table.  Add all ingredients, and beat and cut until smooth and hot.  Do not add Fine Art at this point.  Add master printer, work him into a steady boil, edition.  Throw Fine Art in trash.

Sign and serve.

Reviving a centuries-old craft of artistic reproduction in printmaking–relief woodcuts–this Brooklyn-based artist collective is actively churning out visually stimulating works of art with astonishing skill, craftsmanship, and originality.  Their output is high quality, black-and-white prints such as these:


"Overheard in NYC III" by Mike Houston

"Speakers" by Mike Houston

The founders of this funky printing press were awarded a USA Ford Fellowship in 2009.  Prints are available for sale at a very reasonable price on their website.