November 2013

Eivind Natvig at Trondheim Kunstmuseum

For the week of the Trondheim Dokumentarfestival, Eivind Natvig was exhibiting from his series Du er her no (You Are Here Now) at the Trondheim Kunstmuseum, one of Norway's most prestigious galleries.

15 stunning prints were hung in the gallery's auditorium, while a larger edit of the work was shown on two screens in the reception area.

The Trondheim Kunstmuseum's Autumn programme states:

"Natvig's images linger somewhere in-between the genres of documentary and fine art. The series Du er her no depicts Norway in this realm, but through the eyes of both the person who left and the person who returned. He shows Norway as both an exotic and strange place, but at the same time somewhere mundane or trivial. The images have something both for the enthuiastic tourist and the native suffering from wanderlust. The images are full of juxtapoitions - they refuse to make a stand or take sides. But then again, it might not be a question of taking sides."

Natvig's Du er her no will be the second publication from Tartaruga Press, due for release early 2014.

Wadada Leo Smith at Cafe OTO

Tonight is the second night of a 3-night residency at Cafe OTO from Wadada Leo Smith, presenting his epic work Ten Freedom Summers. The three collections (one performed each night) comprise a total of over 7 hours of music, inspired by, and documenting, the story of the Civil Rights movement in the USA. The 4CD recording on Cuneiform Records was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Music Prize.

I had the honour of printing the limited posters for this show (1-colour screenprint on 350gsm archival stock, 100 copies only) which are available for sale (and signed by Wadada!) at Cafe OTO, and was there for the first collection performed last night by Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet, featuring the Ligeti Quartet, plus visuals from Jesse Gilbert. A stunning and powerful set, it included the recent addition to the collection 'That Sunday Morning', a Coltrane-referencing commemoration of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and closed appropriately with 'JFK', given the 50th anniversary of his assassination today.  

The second and third collection from Ten Freedom Summers will be performed at Cafe OTO tonight (Friday) and tomorrow. Highly, highly recommended. Some more pictures of the print below:

Tartaruga Print

When Tartaruga was established five years ago, the idea to screenprint record sleeves was borne out of necessity, rather than with any particular idea or aesthetic in mind. It was crucial to keep any production costs down to the absolute minimum; printing artwork directly on to blank card seemed like a good (and cheap) idea. The idea was always for Tartaruga to have a certain look and feel, without dictating too much what each individual release might look like - it was important to leave the artist in control of design, and each release is still viewed as a very close collaboration with those involved.

By fixing some limitations - printing on the same kind of card, using one colour only, stitched sleeves - each release would fit alongside the others, whilst also never getting stuck in one particular style or design type. This print work has gradually expanded to printing in other formats; foldout paper inserts, gig posters, album posters, t-shirts, and 12" record sleeves.

This includes work for non-Tartaruga projects too, such as this recent print work for Vivod, a label run by Ali Renault, putting out limited vinyl-only releases. Vivod is a valley near Llangollen in north Wales, and the artwork for the releases (all done by by Grant Cowan) depict the faces of World War II soldiers who lived in the area, all printed as halftone images directly onto the paper sleeve with the record inside, each one printed in a slightly different hue.

The new Prints section of the website showcases a variety of Tartaruga print work, including an archive of screenprinted posters, and the brand new 'I Can't See Much', a very limited edition set of four screenprinted photographs from Josh Lustig. These are halftone prints of four images originally found in The Marshes, printed on to Chinese Xuan paper, a very thin kind of rice paper more often used for scrolls, writing and painting, but which forms a great canvas for this kind of stark black and white photography.


I Can't See Much is presented as a handmade, large (A2-size) card folio case, containing the four prints found within. Only twelve of these have been produced, and all are numbered and signed by the artist.

All items in the Print section are for sale (if still available).
To contact Tartaruga about any print work send an email to info [at] tartaruga [dot] co [dot] uk