Graphics and Printmaking

Head: Univ.-Prof. Jan Svenungsson
Drawing is the foundation of the visual arts. It is the beginning of all visualisation and the most immediate form of art making. A vast field of expressive possibilities extends from the starting point of Graphics/Drawing.

Regardless of the form in which the work is realized, drawing can be understood as an interface: between thinking and making; between observation and representation; between idea and image. Drawing functions as a tool for gaining tactile knowledge - or to implement it.

Parallel to the irreplaceable immediacy of the tool drawing, the different artistic printmaking techniques offer a whole range of process oriented and media related opportunities for the visual artist. A wide range of printing techniques is taught in the department: traditional analog methods as well as reprographics and the latest digital possibilities.

Engaging with traditional printing techniques offer artists a precise analytical tool for advance planning and analysing of images, in a practical as well as in an intellectual sense: boundaries are necessary conditions for freedom and transgression. Meanwhile, the fast and flexible digital development provides boundlessness as a principle.

Working with analog printmaking techniques and drawing encourage a particular kind of tactile intelligence, which can be utmost valuable for artists as an alternative to, and/or in conjunction with the rapid development of digital imaging media.

It is no longer possible to consider a technique as an end in itself. Every artist has to address questions of content, of subject matter. The substance of art is created in a non-translatable, dialogic process between the intention of the artist, the tools used and the public experiencing the work. In today's art, no hierarchy of genres exist. It has been replaced by a hierarchy of attention.