Swarm Container #200

Swarm Container 181

I am not there yet. The piece above is #181. It will be soon though when I reach this number and it is important only because I randomly placed a value on that number about 2 years ago seeing it as threshold to cross. While it has not been crossed yet the demand for The Swarm Containers is high and continues to grow. I have glass and backing board cut through #210 with frames cut and ready through 191 and, as always, enough torn and cut prints to push me through at least #500.

The Containers are evolving along with The Swarm and I think that the introduction of Trophy like elements into The Swarm will only make them more in demand.

To see them in person please stop by Twilight Artist Collective in West Seattle.

Reflected through Art.

Art is a reflection of society and the human condition and sometimes it is a literal reflection of its viewers. The Habitats are made with pigmented resin and provide reflective pools inside their structure. My younger brother took this shot at a recent show of mine. It is a self portrait as seen through the art, which makes it all the more rich in its ability force a contemplation of ones self. The viewer cannot help but see themselves while investigating the artwork. Look Closer.


The show at Wallflower Gallery was a beautiful combination of all the work The Sporozoan has thus far produced. I blended the Cavity prints with The Swarm and Trophies. The only thing missing was The Shrine. The space lended it self to The Sporozoan beautifully. The Swarm was playful in its movement around the space and it was great to see the different places that the Cavity prints could go. It allowed me to better visualize the piece as a whole art object rather than individual pieces. Seeing the torn prints pinned to the wall and complete prints cut, torn and folded into themselves in the Trophies was exciting and educational for me. The boundries of the piece, as a whole are limitless and I intend to push them again and again.

Who is Printtroll?

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Printtroll came into being about 20 years ago in the print studios of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I had been printing the a la poupee prints of the Robin plate all night. At about 7:30 AM a fellow print major Shelleen came into the shop to start prepping for that days class. I had been up for almost 2 days straight and was working on caffeine and nicotine alone. Shelleen was every bit the printer I was not. She was organized clean and precise when it came to making and printing her work. I was like the Tasmanian Devil. I took over whole rooms and printed for hours on end with no real empathy for anyone else. I was dirty, surly and spoke to almost no one. Honestly not much has changed in the past 20 years. Shelleen asked me how the printing was going and I must have just grunted at her or something because she just replied: “RobRoy you are the troll of the print studios!” and she left me there.

I didn’t start using the name Printtroll until about ten years later while talking about the incident with a mutual friend. It makes sense as a persona and I find it fits me to this day. I believe all my work grows out of the Intaglio print, which is a physically demanding process to make and print. I dig at my plates like an animal but have also matured as an artist to become more precise and searing with my emotion.

The Sporozoan Cavities Suite is the ultimate example of who I am as an artist to date. It is also the culmination of the creation of my persona as the Printtroll. Once the suite is finished I will move on to the work that it has allowed me formulate while processing and printing the suite.

Where it all started.

Robin Revisited.

Robin was the model who helped me create the foundation of The Sporozoan Cavities Suite. In 1991 I was in a sophomore at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and my drawing class very regularly had Robin as a model. He had a great body to draw from, long and dancer like and he always found interesting poses. Unfortunately he was incredibly annoying. He talked a lot and pestered the instructor with silly questions. One day I became so frustrated with him that I tore him limb from limb in my drawing. I was left with a lot of body parts.

I took the drawings home and discovered his chest cavity in my drawings to be very interesting. I reworked it again and again. Eventually I made this print (this image is the second version) from the drawings after attaching some hips and a part of a leg. I still have this plate and have revised it several times. Looking back I know this is where The Sporozoan Cavities was born.

I find it exciting that the rage and frustration of 20 years ago has matured into metaphor for everything that my work currently embodies. It is the blood and guts of humanity that The Sporozoan Cavities is about all the stuff that we love and hate.


Back in the print shop.

Getting my Kickstarter project written and up was good for me. Now I have to get it funded. Funding through Kickstarter is different than most grants. The money doesn’t come from a trust and it is not chosen by a small group of people. With a Kickstarter grant the money comes from many people all donating what they can, whether it is $5 or $500 the amount doesn’t matter. What matters is that a large number of people come together to back a project they believe in. In my mind the more backers the better.

Although it would be great to have the amount I am looking for to be achieved in one fell swoop I like the idea a large number of people taking part in making something happen. 100 backers would be awesome and that would mean my average backer amount would only need to be $40. 150 backers and my average would only need to be $26.60.

With Kickstarters reward system backers not only have the pleasure of helping someone accomplish something they also can have a piece of the project being created. For instance every $25 backer of my project gets a Tiny Sporozoan Swarm. Of course rewards are not given out unless I attain my goal because unless I attain my goal I receive nothing from Kickstarter.

It is a great place to become a part of large and small projects and to help someone who is trying to accomplish a goal that might be virtually unattainable without that help. Find out what kind of philanthropist you are check it out today.

Sporozoan Swarm at Mithun.

Sporozoan Swarm at Mithun.

The Sporozoan Swarm has found a temporary home at the offices of Mithun in Seattle. The offices are a beautiful mix of old a new. Set inside a renovated pier building on the Seattle waterfront that provided The Swarm a perfect place to grow. This install is going to evolve over the course of its time there. I will be returning to the Mithun offices once a week to modify and add to the project.

The picture above is a detail from the main lobby install. More images can be seen here.

Sporozoan Shrine.

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The Sporozoan Shrine will be on display at Lafamilia Gallery at 117 Prefontaine Pl S Seattle beginning June 3rd – opening reception June 3rd 6-9. The Shrine is a menagerie of work stemming from and revolving around The Sporozoan Cavities suite of Intaglio prints.

A Swarm to build on.

Swarm install at Skin Care by Casey.

The Sporozoan Swarm is a modular work of art, made up of torn and cut Intaglio and Lithographic prints combined with drawing, with a projected 500,000 components. These components break down from The Swarm into many small clusters and migrate around the world. The Swarms component structure allows it to ebb and flow through spaces in a fluid way, wrapping around doorways and shifting through corners: it suggests the fluid dynamics of life. Small Clusters of The Swarm are installed in places that are not typically seen as “art viewing spaces,” allowing the greatest number of viewers the space to commune with the piece, free of sterile pretense, or limited access. This way of viewing makes the work become more a part of the viewer’s multifaceted memory, rather than a one-dimensional ornament. 

A great deal of site specific or time limited work relies on photography to allow viewers to witness and “own” the art. With The Sporozoan Swarm, the owner of the work or “The Keeper” of a Cluster becomes part of the larger whole of the interconnected world-wide installation. And while viewers are able to see photographs of my installations all over the world, providing a macro perspective, they are also able to install a piece of the whole on their wall using their own aesthetic, their own voice.

These Keepers become aesthetic partners when they decide how Clusters or individual pieces of The Swarm should be displayed. The Keepers physically touch, interact with, and hang the same pieces that I have printed, torn and drawn, contributing to the evolution of the whole. By handling the work they make it a less precious, more tangible, common grounded thing. The element of many small pieces available to people all over the world connects The Keepers to me and to the large-scale public installations of The Swarm I create. The Sporozoan Swarm acts as a binder of all of its Clusters and Keepers by connecting them through its on-line locating map and its serendipitous collective experience.

Art can change our world. Just let it be a part of your life.

Another Chance.

Sweetie Boutique Swarm

Sweetie Boutique has asked me to stay on for another month. This will give all of you who weren’t able to come last month another chance. It also allows me to be more prepared. I will be showing new Swarm Containers, at least one Trophy and two prints from The Sporozoan Cavities suite and of course the two installs in the display windows.

Come out say hello and check out the work. West Seattle should be hopping.

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