The Anatomy Lesson

Figure Twenty One.- The Anatomy Lesson.
2001-2017. 11”h x 33.25”w x 2.75”d.
Lithography, Acrylic, Mahogany, Bronze, Fabric, Glass.

Drafted in 2001, this sequence of paper dolls were drawn on a lithography stone at the University of Wisconsin and printed with the help of Lithography Professor and printmaking master, Jack Damer. Some may recognize the dolls from my design of Oneiroid Psychosis' 2001 release, DREAMS (with pollutions when virile).

Hi-Fructose Emerging Artists and Art Grant

I am excited to announce that I will be featured with 15 other artists in a special insert section in the January 2017 print issue Hi-Fructose, a contemporary art magazine with international distribution. Along with being published, they were also kind enough to give me a $1000 artist grant.

The artists were selected from submissions through Ello, the Creators Network, and were curated by Hi-Fructose Founders & Editors in Chief Daniel “Attaboy” Seifert & Annie Owens-Seifert.

Please view all of the selected artists HERE.

Thank you so much to Hi-Fructose, Ello, Attaboy and Annie, and all the artists who reached out to me during the selection process.

Small Works Show, New Automata

I will have a new paper doll automata called The Four Humors in the Small Works show, opening this Friday, November 4th, at Artisan Gallery. The reception is from 5-9 and the show runs until December 31, 2013.

From the gallery website:
The front gallery will feature a show of wide ranging art created by gallery artists working in all media. This annual show has become one of our most popular as an opportunity to acquire work on a smaller scale by some of the gallery's most popular artists.

I made this piece intensely, and was neglectful in taking many process photos, but below is a photo of the testing of the hand-fabricated Geneva mechanism that works the piece. More photos on the making of the mechanism can be found HERE.

 

 

Special Edition of Dazzling Killmen's "Face of Collapse"

I am excited to announce a special edition of Dazzling Killmen's "Face of Collapse". As some of you may know, I did the illustration and design for this release in 1994. The special edition features a new illustration by myself that is silk screened on side four of the double record set. This special edition has been in the works for some time, and I want to thank Skin Graft, Mark Fischer, and the Dazzling Killmen for making it happen.

 

The Skin Graft Records 25th Anniversary Release announcement:

DAZZLING KILLMEN "Face of Collapse" Special Edition
Gatefold Double LP and Book / CD / Ultimate Edition
- out November 11th, 2016

Order: http://www.skingraftrecords.com/shop.html
Read about: http://www.skingraftrecords.com/news_desk.html
Bandcamp: http://skingraftrecords.bandcamp.com

Gatefold Double Vinyl Special Edition Contents:
* Brand new restoration from the original analog tapes
by Blake Fleming and Jason McEntire of Sawhorse Studios (Recording & Mixing Facility). Recorded and engineered by Steve Albini.

* Second LP includes bonus tracks on Side Three:
“Medicine Me”, “Poptones” (Public Image Ltd. cover) and “My Lacerations” (alternate version). Collects every studio track recorded by the quartet version of the band.

* Side Four features new artwork from cover artist Paul Nitsche silk-screened directly onto the vinyl.

* Large 16-page book, measuring 12” x 12”, with liner notes from Aaron Burgess (former editorial director of Alternative Press), a new oral history of the album from Hank Shteamer (senior editor, music, RollingStone.com) and artwork and comics from Mark Buckheit, Mark Fischer, Paul Nitsche, Miles Rutlin and Rob Syers.

* Full color Gatefold Sleeve includes removable obi with color mini-poster printed on the reverse side. Entire contents come packaged in a crystal-clear resealable overbag.

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"Ultimate Edition" includes all of the above, PLUS:
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* DAZZLING KILLMEN "Face Of Collapse Compact Disc
(catalog # GR12CD)

* Full Color DAZZLING KILLMEN / SKiN GRAFT Records
25th Anniversary Poster (11" x 17")

TRACK LISTING:
Staring Contest / Bone Fragments / My Lacerations Blown (Face Down) / Windshear / Painless One / In The Face Of Collapse / Agitator

VINYL ONLY BONUS TRACKS:
Medicine Me / Poptones / My Lacerations (alternate)

DAZZLING KILLMEN were:
Nick Sakes, Darin Gray, Blake Fleming, Tim Garrigan

The Ephemeral Knot

Figure Seventeen.- The Ephemeral Knot
2015-2016. 7”h x 19.5”w x 10.5”d.
Bronze, Wood, Resin, Acrylic, Gold leaf, Silk, Hardware.

Something akin to a Memento Mori, The Ephemeral Knot is a sculpture depicting the bridge between youth and death. The child's hand grasps a clavicle bone, the first bone to begin the process of ossification. The clavicle can be regarded as ancient in terms of the body, and here represents time's passing as well as the end of life. The red silk bow is tied around three extensor muscles: Extensor Digitorum, Extensor Digiti Minimi, and Extensor Carpi Ulnaris. These muscles, in general, function to extend the fingers and wrist. Their role here is to illustrate release, a letting go of life. The knot, or bow within this piece, represents life. The loosening of a knot could be seen as the unraveling of existence. Interestingly, the silk bow will be the first component of this piece to decay, as the rest of the materials are far more time stable. Lastly, the snail, with its coiled shell, is another reference to journey and purity.

I wanted to give a special word of thanks to Nova Hansen, who was so willing to participate in the original life casting. Thank you as well to her parents, Leif and Rebekah Hansen. All photographs are by William Lemke.

New Version of Website is Finished.

I'm happy to announce that the new version of my www.paulnitsche.com website is complete. In it you will find updated galleries of my sculpture, paper dolls, automata, and drawings and prints. There are two new major sections: Illustration and Design, and Comics. The majority of these works are from the 1990s to 2005 and much had to be scanned and digitized.

In the Design section you will find all the music packaging work I did for the Dazzling Killmen, Oneiroid Psychosis, Andrew Bird, and others. In some cases I re-created digital versions of the designs from the original layout sheets and photographs. Here you will also find a Patterns section containing the majority of the pattern work I have done over the years.

The Comics section contains galleries of nearly all of the comics I did during 1991 to 1995. There is everything from the early self published works to the comics I did for Fantagraphics Books, Caliber Press, and Dark Horse Comics. These were exciting, creative, and busy years for me, and much of what I was drawing during that time developed into the sculptures I do now.

Looking back on the older work has put me in a nostalgic mood. I'm very thankful to all the bands, publishers, and individuals that I have worked with, many of whom I am still in touch. A major thank you goes to Mark Fischer and Rob Syers who let me into their Skin Graft collective, which lead to the Skin Graft comic, Dazzling Killmen, and many other projects.



Ossis Fateor Memoria

Figure 15.- Ossis Fateor Memoria. (Bone Confesses Memory)
2013-2015. 24”h x 15”w x 15”d.
Human bone, Bronze, Wood, Resin, Acrylic, Cast glass, Bell jar, Gold leaf, Silk, Hardware.

 

This is the second bell jar, Memory, in the series having to do with Dream, Memory, and Experience.

Memory is so individualistic, and it was difficult to rest on images to depict this idea. I eventually became intrigued with the concept of fetal memory- something we have all shared but is now lost to us. It is at once mutual and absent. How does auditory and vibratory stimulus feed a growing mind? In some murky state of being, we once knew.

 

Special thanks to some individuals who assisted me with this piece: Richard Jones and Studio Paran for work on the bell jar, Steve Feren for his help with the cast glass placenta, Ed Wohl for spray finishing the base, and always to Bill Lemke for his photography work.

An Osteal Craft- Gallery Talk at the Freeport Art Museum

On January 14, 2016 I will be speaking at the Freeport Art Museum regarding my scupltures involving human bone. It is a members only event but anyone is welcome to join the museum before the night of the talk. Thank you to everyone at the museum for giving me the opportunity.

An Osteal Craft

Gallery Talk with Paul Nitsche
 

January 14th at the Freeport Art Museum

http://www.freeportartmuseum.com

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Refreshments
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Paul Nitsche presentation

 
Join FAM as we welcome featured Regional Juried Exhibition Artist, Paul Nitsche for a talk on his use of human bone in his work. Paul will discuss what led him to this development, the issues that arise in using human remains and how he acquires bones.