Joseph Velasquez and His Drive-By Press
On this edition of our show, we speak with the artist Joseph Velasquez, who has an MA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the co-founder of the Dirty Printmakers of America, is a curator at the SlingShot Gallery (in Madison, WI), and is one of the creators/participants/educators behind Drive-By Press (which, per its website, is on a "mission to share [its] enthusiasm for printmaking with audiences everywhere.") Now based in Austin, Texas, Velasquez tells us that he began Drive-By Press in order to give demonstrations --- from the back of his truck --- of relief printing, screen-printing, woodcutting, etching, engraving, lithography, etc. This was back in 2005, and ever since, Drive-By Press has visited schools, programs, galleries, art fairs, and communities all across the country. Tonight, Friday the 1st, as part of the Brady Arts District's First Friday Art Crawl in downtown Tulsa, Drive-By Press will be offering demonstrations and creating artworks (from 4pm till 9pm) at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education, which is the magnificent new facility connected with the University of Tulsa and the Gilcrease Museum (at 124 East Brady Street). For more about Drive-By Press, please visit this link.