Welcome to Platemark, a podcast about art, ideas, prints, and printmaking
Feb. 3, 2022

Why Platemark

Why Platemark

I decided to call the podcast Platemark, the mark made by the edges of the plate after printing, because it indicates a framework into which any number of things can be placed. From the get-go my plan was to create content in series. First I wanted to tackle issues facing the museum sector these days, which are many. My co-host, Ben Levy, and I talked for hours about all sorts of topics: critiques and studio visits, role of the curator, market value, conceptual value, calls for redefining the canon, decolonization and social justice, prints and printmaking, and the print ecosystem.

Second, I wanted to create was a series on the history of Western prints. After teaching the subject with Tru Ludwig for fifteen years, I thought it was important to record Tru's incredible gift of spinning a tale. I have never heard a teacher engage a classroom of attention-challenged artists like he does. We're having a ball talking about prints in the Western world and are relishing in the opportunity to dig in deeper and spend more time with artists. The series is ongoing--it's going to take a while to get through the timeline.

Third, I plan to do a series of interviews with print-ecosystem people ranging from print publishers and dealers, to master printers, artists, and curators.

Now, though, I'm planning to do a series focused on a new project, the Baltimore Fine Art Print Fair, which is scheduled for April 29-May 1, 2022. The print fair takes place at 1100 Wicomico Street in Baltimore's Pigtown neighborhood. All the details are at www.baltimoreprintfair.com. After an introductory episode, the plan is to have short conversations with participating exhibitors. Stay tuned for those as we lead up to the fair in late April.

So within the framework of a plate's mark, we are fitting all things print-related.

Who knows what else we'll get into? We hope you are enjoying the podcast and we welcome your thoughts and questions.