Jim Woodring’s “The Tree” & “The Cannister”

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:03 PM

THE CANNISTER — Although many clues have been scattered throughout the Frank stories as to the nature of Pupshaw’s specific biology, this is the first actual glimpse of what might be called the Mother Pup. As you can see it has a tremendous capacity for the sort of transformational influence that makes Pupshaw such a powerful protector and peaceable companion for the gormless Frank. Who is her beneficiary? Time will tell.

THE TREE — If you have ever spent a sleepless night tormented by the question of how Frank perceives the world through those fathomless eyespots, you may able to fully appreciate this rare glimpse of The Unifactor as it registers on his drawing pad. Yes, it is always The Age of Eyes and Things That Look Like Eyes where Frank lives. Do you want to see more? You will.
—Jim Woodring

We just released a pair of small, affordable Jim Woodring prints: “The Tree” and “The Cannister.”

We’re pretty excited about them.

They follow closely in the footsteps of the ever-popular “Squeaker in the Woods” and there’s something just right about this combination of size, paper, printing, and imagery. Jim’s drawings have a wonderful tension between extreme graphic simplicity and gnarly Rococo detail. He somehow weaves these disparate styles into seamless coherent scenes that present you with just enough narrative to get you thinking but not nearly enough for you to figure out what in God’s name is going on.

They’re like endless little mysteries wrapped up in a crisp, tidy clarity.

As such, I can’t think of a better vessel for them than letterpressed prints. The prints’ flat blacks, tiny details, and razor-sharp lines are as crisp as crisp can be. We’ve pressed the edition into a soft, off-white cotton paper with a very deep deboss. The paper puffs right out of Frank’s cheeks; it oozes out of every little textural nook and cranny.

They’re small, they’re cheap, & they’re great. Buy ’em today.

The Prints:
  • Printed from an original Jim Woodring ink drawing
  • Hand-printed on Rives Heavyweight printmaking paper in in black
  • Embossed printer’s chop
  • Signed & numbered by Jim Woodring

The Certificates of Authenticity:
  • Custom designed
  • Signed and numbered by the artist

The Editions:
  • Released April 2012
  • Print sizes are 8” x 6 1/4”
  • Editions of 50
  • 5 printer proofs
  • 5 artist’s proofs
  • 1 bon à tirer


Laura Brentley said...

Sleek texture and strokes. Love this classic piece!