LIVE from Tandem Press: The Making of Derrick Adams’ Self-Portrait on Float


Thursday, July 9

5pm Where

IG Live


Derrick Adams’ monumental acrylic on paper, Floater 80 (Self-Portrait), 2018, is one of the signature works in the HRM’s current exhibition Derrick Adams: Buoyant. Last year, the Museum acquired the 2019 print Self-Portrait on Float, which is based on the painting.

To create this artwork, Adams collaborated with master printers Jason Ruhl and Joe Freye and other artisans from Tandem Press, who together carved nearly 100 individual blocks of wood for thirty different colors and collaged gold leaf and paper fingernails onto each impression.

Join Jason and Joe live on Instagram from the Tandem Press studio at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as they discuss and demonstrate the process of making the print—from the breakdown of the image, to the creation of the puzzle-cut blocks, to the inking and printing of a run.


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