What is Notstock?
"Notstock" is an exhibition of poster art that will be on display at the historic Ellendale Opera House during the month of September.
Silkscreen posters created by some of the best artists in the Midwest are in the exhibit.
Print-making with phenomenal colors and creative skill. Notstock is a signature event held at Minot State College every year since 2007. Notstock is a word derived from Woodstock, Flatstock and "Why not Minot". It has encouraged engagement and exposure to the arts.
Silk screen‐printing is one of the newest printing techniques, yet it has ancient origins. Yet it 's one of the simplest, most direct procedures for obtaining multi-color images.
In the United States the screen print developed with in the commercial printing industry. Posters, displays, signs, and billboards were produced using this method, in great quantities. It was a reduction method similar to one used for some relief printing. Only one screen was used and the largest colors are printed first; then part of the design was blocked out with glue and a second color printed; and so on until the print was finished.
The potential for printing on diverse kinds of materials and surfaces was the n ext big step in silk -screening furniture, lampshades, rugs, glassware, plastic, leather, toys and textiles –the possibilities were almost endless.
Eventually photographic processes becam e the most important of all processes in commercial screen‐printing.
It wasn’t until the 1930's when a few artists and printmakers began to see silkscreening as potential for personal expression.
However, because exhibition opportunities were limited, due the to screen prints earlier commercial association, it was felt that a new name for the prints might link it to the fine arts. This is when the term serigraph was coined; seri the greek word for silk, and graph as the Greek word meaning to draw or write.
With the advent of Pop Art, serigraphs became ever more popular and focused on replicating popular commercialism.
No longer was the fancy word serigraph useful. Artists were producing screen prints, and they were bold, huge, and multicolored.
Andy Warhol was the father of Pop Art and prospered because of his early career as an advertising illustrator, as well as, James Rosenquist a former billboard artist, and Roy Lichtenstein, who was knowledgeable with the commercial printing processes. These three artists made people see silk‐screening as a high art form.
Silk screen printing is alive and flourishing today. It is used to make images and text on t‐shirts, labels, circuit boards, electronics, medical devices, signs, snowboards and skateboards.
There will be some exceptional silk screen posters on display during the month of September from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Also, the exhibit will be open all day Saturday during AppleFest.