This body of work responds to recent social and political upheaval, a climate the artist describes as “fragile” and characterized by a looming sense of threat. Themes include the widening wealth gap made worse by Covid, a sense of social divide, environmental concerns, and personal experiences.
The artist’s process is playful and painterly, approaching carving the blocks as sketching on wood. Spitzack experiments with various iterations of block combinations, adding and subtracting elements and layers of the composition until he is satisfied. These woodcuts are printed without a press, allowing him additional freedom in his process.
Charles Spitzack was born in 1987 in Minnesota and raised in the Twin Cities. He received a BFA with a focus in Print Arts and Drawing from Cornish College of the Arts and has participated in residencies at Rockland Woods and Mokuhanga Project space. As a Pacific Northwest-based artist, he teaches woodblock printmaking at Pratt Fine Arts Center and also works as a carpenter, a process that reflects his interest in the physicality of woodblock prints and his ability to find inspiration anywhere. His work has been shown extensively in the Pacific Northwest and internationally." (Promo Copy)