Artist Statement/Process

I carve inspiration from those who resist the majority and courageously embrace new ideas.  In my printmaking practice, being primarily relief process’, I like to delve deep into my chosen subject in an attempt to harness at least a portion of the passion that they hold.  I believe in the transformative power of personal expression, and it is through my humble portraits that I hope to inspire others.  I am excited by the work that has been done by Joseph Beuys, Grace Lee Boggs, Will Allen, and Cameron Sinclair.  All of these people are visionaries that break the mold and encourage people to think differently.

Yeeah Beuys! is a celebratory print with a little bit of humor to round it all off.  The print consists of two hand carved linoleum blocks and inkless letterpress, which was all printed on a Vandercook No.3 Proof Press.  The paper and eyelet are both found vintage paper.  This piece is a nod to Joseph Beuys and his call to take creative action to insight change.

 

Biography

Austin Boechler is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He received multiple scholarship awards and his BFA with a focus in Printmaking and Sculpture from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is a proud Milwaukeean who regularly exhibits and collaborates with other local talents.  Austin has a background in the Culinary Arts, and has worked under James Beard Award winning chef, Adam Siegel at the Bartolotta’s premier restaurant, Bacchus.  Austin’s passion to create (and inspire others!) could not be contained by the kitchen alone, and the switch from fine dining to fine art was a brilliant transition for him.  Austin’s current work focuses on figurative ceramic sculpture and relief printmaking techniques.  The work is a celebration of visionary leaders who reject the norm, and take positive action to change the way people think.

Austin has worked as the Assistant Manager at the Union Art Gallery, and as a lab technician in the sculpture area workshop at UWM.  He has also volunteered with several international organizations such as the SGCI and NSECA conferences.