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The Risograph Rocks

On Black Friday as part of our annual printsale, I had the opportunity to pull some prints, with the help of Tiny Splendor’s …….. on the newly purchased Risograph printer, which the Honolulu Printmakers now owns. The aesthetic of the Risograph is somewhere between a silkscreen and a photocopy, so I used some of my 80’s band posters to test the machine, especially since I am considering to create a limited edition artist book on my first two years in New York (78-80), planning to print it on this machine.

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A rare group poster for a show at A7, a small club on the corner of Ave A and 7th st. The Beastie Boys used to play here when they were a hardcore band, before they switched to hip hop. Single color risograph reproduction from original flyer. Ca 82-82. 

“The Risograph is a high-speed digital printing system manufactured by the Riso Kagaku Corporation and was designed mainly for high-volume photocopyingand printing. It was released in Japan in August 1986. It is sometimes called a digital duplicator or printer-duplicator, as newer models can be used as a network printer as well as a stand-alone duplicator. When printing or copying many duplicates (generally more than 20)[attribution needed] of the same content, it is typically far less expensive per page than a conventional photocopier, laser printer, or inkjet printer. Printing historian Rick O’Connor has debated that the original, and thus correct, name for the device is RISSO and not RISO. This debate spawns from the notion that an extra ‘S’ is added because the inventor’s wife found it more pleasing to the ears.” Wipikedia

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2 color Risograph reproduction of NADA poster ca 82-83. Notice the registration of the two layers is far from perfect, which creates an interesting affect.

“The underlying technology is very similar to a mimeograph. It brings together several processes which were previously carried out manually, for example using the Riso Print Gocco system or the Gestetner system.

The original is scanned through the machine and a master is created, by means of tiny heat spots on a thermal plate burning voids (corresponding to image areas) in a master sheet. This master is then wrapped around a drum and ink is forced through the voids in the master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to create each image on the paper.” Wipikedia

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Another ABC No Rio show, this time with the short lived Festival of Patience, ca 81-82. This might have been the only show we did, besides recording a new wave pop song demo. 2 color risograph reproduction. I re-used the festival of patience theme for my MFA thesis exhibition at the University of Hawaii in 2008.

These band posters were done between 1981 and 1985 for my bands Festival of Patience (81-82), NADA (82-83) and East of Eden (84-87) as cut and paste photocopies. Typically a risograph comes with several color drums and one can print two colors at the same time. The registration is not perfect in these prints. At the present time I do not know if that can be achieved. The effect is something like a drop shadow and gives it a little excitement. It works less well with fine details.

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East of Eden at Danceteria, ca 1985. Notice the start time. 2 color risograph reproduction. East of Eden was my overall most productive band and lasted all the way from January 1984 to 87/88 with different lineups. I wrote all the songs and did the lead singing. We produced a 7″ single and an 12″ full LP on Moon Records and realized several videos. This is one of my favorite posters. I love the attitude of the angel, a gargoyle at Notre Dame, and the moniker Rock’n Roll Revelation expresses the spiritual element of Rock’n Roll that I see as the driver of much of my work. The poster remerges in my rock’n roll wood block prints.

The risograph has fallen out of favor in commercial applications, but is popular with small independent presses, fanzines, artists who publish limited edition artist books, etc. You can scan an image and create a master or you can print from a digital file. It is contemporary with a cool look that reminds us of the punk DIY philosophy, just like a simple rock’n roll song.

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Two-color risograph reproduction of the Chuck Berry flyer, as I call it. All the original flyers are in 8 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ and the risographs are printed on 11 1/2 by 17″. The colored paper matches the colors the original flyers were printed on.

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The Scarecrows at the Jazzkeller, Hannover, Germany, ca mid 60’s. The author playing drums. 

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For Your Pleasure – Multiples

with-gicless-longFor the art lover with a modest budget the multiple is a fantastic way to own a piece of art without busting the bank. For the artist whose work doesn’t sell at high prices or often enough, the multiple is a good way to augment sales. Following Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades, artist’s multiples became a subversive art-form and has become a sort of more democratic object of art used by various artists of greater or lesser fame including Joseph Beuys, Dieter Roth in the 70’s. Tracy Enim and Sarah Lucas even created a multiple store in the 90’s. Today one can find many reproductions of paintings and drawings as giclees or prints, also industrially produced sculptures. Many, but not all multiples are produced in limited editions, signed and numbered.

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Multiples by Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Dieter Roth, Sarah Lucas, Tracy Enim.

Here, are three multiples that I have produced, two are high quality digital prints and one of them is a limited edition 7″ vinyl 45 RPM record.

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Letter press cover of 7″ after painting by the author.

 

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Back cover of 7″ collage by the author

  1. Just Like Dresden 45/Headliner, New York Niggers, NYN Records, 474 Greenwich ST, NYC 10012, vinyl 7″ 45 RPM in white dust-sleeve.                                                                Re-Issue, 7″ vinyl 45 RPM with letterpress two color cover and plastic sleeve. 500 pressed, 250 with letter press cover hand numbered 1, 2, 3…/250, 2008.                     The original 1000 were produced by Leo Faison and Dieter Runge in 1979 and have sold on the secondary market for up to $ 1 000. The cover of the Just Like Dresden 45 side of the re-issue is based on an oil painting The Bombing, oil on linen, 84″ x 66″,  Dieter Runge 2007/8 while the cover of the Headliner side is a collage of the various band members. Just Like Dresden 45 is the first song I wrote and the record is considered by many as one of the finest of its period and has developed somewhat of a cult following as is obvious by the price it fetches. This hand numbered limited re-issue with its unique cover printed with an outdated printing method is a true multiple with an almost guaranteed potential to increase in value. The record, lyrics and photos have been part of a museum exhibition: SCHLACHTHOF 5, DRESDEN’S DESTRUCTION IN LITERARY DOCUMENTS, alongside eminent artists as Kurt Vonnegut and Martin Walser. The continuous interest in the record is of course partially fueled by the name of the band as well as the name and theme of the song, which none of the rock’n roll protagonists dreamed of at the time. To make sense of this vital and creative chapter in my life, of Rock’n Roll and New York City, to set the record straight, I am working on a memoir about it.
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7″ label

For more on this story read From Canal Street to Club Hollywood and how the record appeared next to literary giants like Kurt Vonnegut and Martin Walser in the SCHLACHTHOF 5 exhibition.

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The Bombing, oil on linen, 84″ x 66″, ink txt in back, NYN 7″vinyl re-issue over wall and painting, MFA thesis exhibition, dieter runge, 2008 “drop songs – not bombs.”

For more on my MFA thesis exhibition.

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Gold Waves, oil on linen, 50″ x 64″, 2014/5

2. Gold Waves, oil on linen, 50″ x 64″ (original), dieter runge, 2014/15,

Giclee, 2015, on canvas, is available in various sizes, from the original 50″ x 64″ down, stretched on wood stretcher bars or rolled up for easy shipping. The Gold Waves is a striking painting of a set of waves lit up by the setting sun, based on a photograph by Stephen Whitesell. The original is loosely painted with thick brushstrokes as well as thinner layers using a limited palette of black, white, yellow, red and gold. I have spend many years on the water sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing reading and studying the surface for angles, gusts of wind, direction of waves, current or just feeling the light reflected back at me. I started to paint water surfaces in the early 2000’s and feel that I do own this subject. The original painting flew out of the studio and this multiple is powerful in small or large sizes. On request, I will paint directly on top of the giclee, thus creating another “original,” of sorts.

For a detailed post and genesis of the painting as well as the giclees read “When I Paint My Masterpiece.”

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“Gold Waves”, oil on linen, detail

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“One Hundred Views of Taiji” fine art print, 18″ x 24″

  1. “100 Views of Taiji”, fine art print 18″ x 24″ of the original 100 paintings 8″x 10″ oil on canvas. When I first started taiji quan in 1982 I thought, wow, this is what I have been looking for my whole life. Now, after 34 years and having studied with three distinguished masters and I still practice and teach taiji. In the summer of 2003 I followed the taiji form and used small 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ black and white photographs from my master’s grandfather, Tung Ying Jie’s Red Book as inspiration. I painted one 8″ x 10″ canvas per day. All 100 original paintings were exhibited in Honolulu’s Chinatown twice and at the University of Hawaii’s Hamilton Library. The paintings are now in private collections in Hawaii, Hong Kong, New York, Berlin, Montreal and other places. The fine art print is  sprayed with a protective and anti-fungal coat, hand numbered and signed by the artist.
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“One Hundred Views of Taiji” hand signature

 

These fine multiples are available directly from me. Each order will be treated with utmost care and attention. Contact me via e-mail: dieter.runge.808@gmail.com, FB or Linkedin, or instagram. You will help me keep making art, music and allow me to enchant you with taiji, yoga, ayurveda and many more stories.

Coda: For Your Pleasure, the second album by the ground breaking band Roxy Music came out in 1973 and sounds as good and radical today as then. While the Velvet Underground did hang out and collaborated with Andy Warhol, their songs and sound was fully developed when they met Andy, and it is Roxy Music who I truly consider the first fully ‘warholian’  rock’n roll band. Both Brian Ferry and Brian Eno were art students, Brian Ferry being a student of Richard Hamilton, the British pop art guru. Roxy Music consciously applied art history and concepts to pop music creating some of the most exciting music of the time along with Lou Reed, David Bowie, Marc Bolan...

“The Sphinx and Mona Lisa, Lolita and Guernica  – did the Strand,” Roxy Music

While we are talking visual arts, the early Roxy Music covers where just as groundbreaking as the music influencing many bands later on. Nile Rogers from Chic admitted in an interview how influential the band was on them and how they completely ripped off the cover art.

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For your Pleasure, Roxy Music, foldout cover, inside, 1973

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For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music, vinyl 12″, fold out cover, Karl Stoecker, 1973

 

 

 

What Goes On

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original mini. is it worth to restore?

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be cleaning you out
For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from the beyond.

My friend Lucie Lynch posted this Rumi poem on her facebook page this morning and since it is exactly what I like to express here, I just pass it on.

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this thrush visits me every time I take out the compost

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oh yeah, those rainbows. view from my lanai

Success, failure, health and illness, accidents, bad or good economy; it is all part of our existence as human beings and has all been part of my life this year. Early in the year I went through a 3 week class to  be able to work as a substitute teacher in Oahu’s public education system and for the private schools as well. I thought that I would be working by March, but it didn’t happen until the beginning of the new school year in August. Still, I have worked only one single week full time, some 2 or 3 days some even less. It is probably ok this way, since I am not sure if I could have handled more days. I have worked with 2nd graders all the way to high school seniors in Waimanalo, Kailua and Kaneohe. Right now the 2nd graders are my favorites. I have worked in art, English, math, science and PE (physical education) and also Special Ed. As a substitute teacher I experience the public education system from the underbelly, so to speak. I have met kids from heartbreaking backgrounds, a family with 10 kids, who live on the beach, I have met teenagers who read and write like 4th graders, and have no motivation whatsoever in school, but dream that they will become professional body boarders, and I have spend the last day of school with 6 special ed kids that ranged from completely non verbal, with severest bodily and mental malfunctions to a kid that knew all large and medium cities in Europe and their location in relation to the next boarder and when they were bombed during WWII. I have also met well adjusted students who are a pleasure to talk to and who seem to move with ease through a system that seems beyond repair. I try not to judge what I experience, which is sometimes very difficult, especially when faced with a bratty kid, who’s only intend seems to be to make my life miserable.

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if the classroom looks this good, the substituting usually goes smoothly

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if the teacher’s desk looks like this, trouble might loom ahead

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yes, sometimes there is love

It had been my intention to get back into painting, and to collaborate with others as much as possible. I invited Mike Nice to create a large Ganesh woodcut together and we did. My band Alice Neel played a few gigs culminating in a fun show last Saturday and we are in the middle of recording 3 songs. I also created a wood cut series of the Sri Yantra, and a second edition with the great help of my assistant Jenny, who is visiting from Hamburg, which was part of a flurry of art happenings at the end of the year. Like last year, when I had the opportunity to teach printmaking in New York city, the end of the year brought home some  fruits of my labor. I sold 17 prints of the second yantra edition, my track racers print won a price in a show in Boulder, CO, I was invited to print 60 postcards for the Hawaii Arts Alliance, I taught a yoga workshop at Yoga Hawaii and finally my biggest painting sold.  Alas, I never got really into painting. I did create a couple of small paintings, but I never could establish the daily practice of painting again.

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Ganesh wood cut traveled to Kauai

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Sri Yantra, 16 x

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studies in oil of the lanai view

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wood cut print taro leaf postcard for Hawaii Arts Alliance, Mane’o = itchy

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“water’ oil on linen by dieter runge at Cedar Street Gallery with Michael Schnack

Sitting in the dark and practicing pranayama and meditation and doing asanas, the physical part of the 8 limbs of yoga, that, I did do on a daily basis. It is what keeps me together and allows me to continually evolve, at least that’s what I believe. You’ll be the judge. I also went through some depressing days and weeks, a few month of emotional turmoil culminating in a serious shoulder injury and fortunately a period of healing and realignment. I wouldn’t be here now without the help of some of my amazing friends. You know who you are and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I continuously ask my self: Who am I? And: Who is asking the question?

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Kayo Iwaki practicing warrior II at my house

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seen on Kaneohe Bay Drive, is it a Christo?

Am I an artist, a teacher, a musician, a yogi, an anarchist, bohemian Buddhist monk? The eminent Herbie Hancock, who practices Nichiren Buddhism, like Wayne Shorter and other jazz musicians of his generation since the early 1970’s, puts it this way: ” I realized that if I perceive myself as a musician, somehow there’s an invisible barrier between myself and people who aren’t musicians. But if I define myself as a human being, all the barriers disappear.”

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Jaimey Hamilton-Faris grooving with the drums. Thanksgiving

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Jenny Wuebbe and unidentified enjoy Thanksgiving

Now, what does it exactly mean to be a human being? This is the task of our lives to find out and to present the result that we come up with as truthfully as possible at any moment.

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what else can be said?

A few years ago a friend asked me for some words of wisdom for the new year. Here is this years expanded version. I am responsible for my experiences (stop blaming everything and everybody else including myself). Everything that happens to me has several dimensions, among them emotional as well as spiritual ones. If I want change I have to work on all the different levels. Without clearing up my stuck emotions, I am doomed to repeat my negative patterns. Ultimately, all the solutions are on the spiritual realm. I wish everybody great holidays, the best 2014 and much Aloha!

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Andrew’s winter solstice party

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