‘Correlation Matrix’ artist visits NMU

Noah Hausmann

Look. Look again. Tilt your head to get a better angle. Those are words. Or are they?

They’re letters, but what are they saying? What’s it all mean? I don’t know. But it’s beautiful.

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, visiting artist David Wolske will appear at the “Artist’s Talk” in the Art and Design Building.

Wolske will be speaking on “Correlation Matrix,” the current exhibition being held at the DeVos Art Museum at NMU, which he and fellow artist Vida Sacic contributed artwork for.

“Correlation Matrix” features artwork created using letterpress, an age-old print-making medium, of the sort first invented by Johannes Gutenberg, when he used movable type to print Bibles in the 1400s and began a printing revolution in Europe.

Letterpress traditionally is a grid-based system, carefully configured by hand to create level lines of easily-read text. But the letterpress of “Correlation Matrix” is contemporary in style.

Hand-set, Wolske and Sacic arrange the wood and metal type letters in their own avant-garde and abstract designs, overlapping letters, masking parts of others to create positive and negative prints, and mixing colors of ink or keeping ink from mixing for dynamic effect.

Some of Wolske’s works are also collages, using print fragments, the cut edges of previous prints, gluing and layering them to make patterns for further creative expression.

By using the seemingly old-fashioned medium in unexpected ways, the two artists hope to breathe new life into the future of the craft. Wolske earned his bachelor’s degree in studio art and his master’s of fine arts in graphic design. He is currently a visiting professor of graphic design at Indiana University Bloomington.

He has shown his work, lectured and taught workshops nationally and internationally as a well-known proponent of creative print making.

The exhibit “Correlation Matrix” began Aug. 22 and will continue through Nov. 6.