At a time when “new media” is all the rage, Salt Lake City artist David Wolske uses a centuries-old printing technique that has disappeared from its once-ubiquitous place in the commercial world but which lives on in small studios like Wolske’s and at book art centers like the University of Utah’s Red Butte Press.
The former graphic designer turned to letterpress because he yearned for a more tactile experience in making art. He collects antique wood type, singly or in full collections, and by rotating, masking and layering them, creates dynamic abstract work he calls “isotype prints.”
His efforts garnered him a Utah Division of Arts & Museums visual arts fellowship in 2014. He’ll be part of an exhibit honoring recent fellows at Rio Gallery this month, and in March will exhibit at the Salt Lake City Main Library. In this video profile, Wolske lets us into his studio to talk about the development of his work and shows us how he develops his unique prints.
The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.