toMAKE™ Press :: Map-Making for a Future to be Possible.
the Artist, Founder & Printer :: Steven R Holloway
I STOP and then I watch, I count, I measure ... I OBSERVE. Stopping is, it turns out, difficult and takes a great deal of effort and practice. What is your practice? How do you stop? There are ways but they all involve effort. And really good stopping means making many many efforts, repeated over and over until you have entered into the place itSelf. And felt and enJOYed and got wet and dirty and cold and sun cloud water exposed. So maybe, and I say maybe because a thousand times stopping and returning and observing will not guarantee the mysterious gift of the EXPERIENCE. But if and when, because good stopping like the real work will reveal the I-Thou, the experience of the Other, then and only then do I find that pressure within that asks to speak, and that demands voice. This is the RESPONDing. My work, my responses, arise from stopping to observe a place, always, always. Stopping to observe and experience. My medium happens to be limited-artist-editioned prints, maps and lensless images using stone and plate lithography, intaglio, relief, silk screen, chine-collé, hand mixed inks etc.
& the Cat
the Practice of Right MAP Making
Stopping to Observe, Experience and Share :: the Place itSelf
Visiting a place; field research for the edition “Generosity”
… and then you realize that there is something to say about this Beauty, this Joy, this livingness. And this something is a pressure from withIN that must speak. Practicing come to fruition and you put the tools to work.
vb ‘to mak’, making, to make :: to make bread, to make music, to make love.
The tools I use for my voice, this voice that speaks through me, are those of the printing press.
Stone and Plate Lithography. Relief, Letterpress, Intaglio, Collagraph and Chine-collé …. The process begins; rises from that place seeking expression and voice, sharing.
Notes, Ink Selection, Care and Drying
Signing the edition, Numbering, Record Keeping , . . and Sharing the Gift.
Performance & Mapping Out
dancing the ‘Smokey the Bear Sutra’
A toMake® short short on the occasion of the spring 2012 performance of dance anywhere® in Missoula, Mont. Performed on top of Mount Sentinel above the high water mark of Lake Missoula reciting 'Smokey the Bear Sutra' by Gary Snyder. "I DEDICATE MYSELF TO THE UNIVERSAL DIAMOND BE THIS RAGING FURY DESTROYED." while holding a large whisk to shake up the sleeping beings below, above, before, behind and within.
Watch the Performance
ONEPixel™ :: an act of kindness
OnePixel™ Boston documents through direct observation the site on the ground that is represented by a single pixel in a Landsat7 satellite image.
in the Body of a Prayer
"In the Body of a Prayer" is a camera obscura installation for Pentecost 2011 in the Chewelah United Church of Christ chapel located beside Chewelah Creek. The camera obscura in the Chewelah UCC chapel works within the power of prayer but, just as we are invited to enter into the body of the camera, we are also invited to enter into the body of a prayer; the physical body of a prayer.
Watch the Construction of the Camera Obscura
Accidental Furrows: 8' 19.2" dancing in the S ch' wee la Valley
Accidental Furrows ... dancing to a poem by Antonio Machado, at noon in the S ch' wee la Valley the piece, 8' 19.2" (the time it takes for sunlight to reach the valley), a Dance of the Planets work, is in reverence for the soft earth breathing and the full waters flowing, and in conjunction and in celebration with dance anywhere® 2011. ©steven r holloway 2011; a toMake® Press short short.
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Responding to a Real Place; the making of a map
Map showing field work visits
Riparian corridor in the Kelly Island complex.
The waterway(s) in the Kelly Island complex.
Field work notes and mapping
Lensless Image during field work visits
Three-Colour Lithograph Edition: “Again, A Real Place”