pale pink papermaking

My latest joy in the studio has been making paper with a new handmade sugeta mould. The mould consists of 2 parts – an interior flexible bamboo-splint mat, and an exterior framework which houses it. My main goal is creating consistent sheets – in color, texture and weight. I aim to make a good numberContinue reading “pale pink papermaking”

clouds in a sheet of paper

As one of the simplest forms of human technology, it could be argued that paper has had the most impact on the proliferation and preservation of knowledge worldwide. When I work with paper as a medium and/or as a support, some of the questions that provoke my research are: How do paper and books operate within social,Continue reading “clouds in a sheet of paper”

All Things Inter-are

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is notContinue reading “All Things Inter-are”

studio visits at VSC residency

I was awarded a Civil Society Institute Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center to participate as an artist-in-residence. I had my first studio visits here with Byron Kim, Jen Bervin and Miguel Luciano. Open Studios, book-spread inspired walls, influenced by writers in-residence… Visual Artists in residency, Vermont Studio Center May 2016 (Barbara White Studios)

Open Studio This Weekend :)

Jaz Graf Open Studio prints, book arts, and drawings Saturday and Sunday, Oct 18-19 from 12-5pm Merseles Studios – 339 Newark Avenue @5th St, in the Monaco Lock Bldg downtown Jersey City, NJ #69 on the JCAST Map http://www.thejcast.com (with 6 other art studios + resident artists exhibit) My work will also be included inContinue reading “Open Studio This Weekend :)”

New Print Edition – Part of MAPC Biennial Conference Portfolio Exhibit

This edition is part of an Exchange Portfolio to be exhibited at the Mid-America Print Council Conference – Print City Detroit 2014. It will be exhibited at several university galleries in the U.S. through 2015. More info to come.

exhibition in keene

On view thru June 8, 2013 – KSC Art Alumni Exhibition curated by Rosemarie Bernardi, featuring works of Randall Merchant, Jaz Graf, Katie Houle, Eileen Longe, and Nicholas Petrow. My work was featured in a recent article by Summer Dawn Hortillosa in The Jersey City Independent – http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/2013/04/29/a-lasting-impression-artist-jaz-graf-deconstructs-materials-to-build-new-ideas/

raw pull

A mixed media monoprint workshop with Catherine Bebout nudged me to operate outside of my comfort zone. I’m so inspired by the richness and depth in her work, particularly the “Mapping the Body Series.”  After a 4 day workshop,  experimenting with color and layering using large collograph plates, stencils and polystyrene, I pulled this. And forContinue reading “raw pull”

bon dia

Inspired by the patterns and colors of wandering around Morocco and Spain, I created a portfolio of 10 stenciled monotype prints. I was awarded an artist residency at Can Serrat, on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain, where this collection of work was created. I highly recommend this location for international artists of many disciplines toContinue reading “bon dia”

busy weekend!

Fri, Sat and Sun have been jam packed with amazing arts events! This weekend is Jersey City Artists Studio Tours. Selections from the 2010 GRAF X-change are on exhibit at the Grassroots Community Space. A visit to the NY Art Book Fair @ MOMA PS1 was intoxicating and stimulating. An impressive collection of books andContinue reading “busy weekend!”

basket sculpture #1

My time at WSW was incredibly productive and restorative. The community of artists, instructors, staff and interns were all insightful and warm. Amazing things go on at WSW! I was honored to have Kirstin Demer, a handpapermaker and bookbinder, as my instructor. I learned how to make paper from abaca, flax and thai kozo. ExploringContinue reading “basket sculpture #1”

escape

This week I am preparing for my escape into the woods. I was awarded a class scholarship at Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate NY.  So I will spend a week living in a tent and biking back and forth to my Sculptural Papermaking class!! Should be a good time unless I get eaten by wildContinue reading “escape”

int’l print exchange – hosted by La Calaca Press

La Calaca Press and Expressions Graphics invite you to participate in the first LA CALACA PRESS International Print Exchange and Exhibition. This exchange is open to printmakers from the USA and abroad. Submit 15 hand-pulled prints, each 9″x7″ by September 15. Find out more.

Participate in the Sketchbook Project

Art House Co-op (now located in Brooklyn) is having another Sketchbook Project series of exhibitions all over the country! $25 gets you a book and return it by Jan 31st 2012 to have your work seen by the masses! Read more about it here…

Art Benefit!

Join us Saturday, April 9th for GAME SHOW FEVER!!! A fundraiser for Art House Productions and Pop-UP Art in Jersey City, NJ. Lots of fun, games and wacky outfits! General Audience tickets are $10, or be a contestant for $25 and play to win some fabulous prizes donated by local businesses! I will be oneContinue reading “Art Benefit!”

print exchange / call for entries

RSVP for this print exchange! Oregon Ink Spot’s annual print exchange is coming up! Send in an edition of 15 hand-pulled prints, each 5″x7″ and you will receive 13 prints from various artists. Deadline is May 6th 2011. View prospectus. ************************ Call for entries at Washington Printmakers Gallery National Small Works Exhibition. Submissions must beContinue reading “print exchange / call for entries”

curatorial project

Today was the de-installation of Greg Letson’s work at Windows on Columbus. This marks the end of my one year term as guest curator of this venue.  I organized 4 large-scale solo shows of local artists work, planned 3 opening receptions and was featured in an article in the Jersey Journal. Its been an honorContinue reading “curatorial project”

endangered print

    An interesting collaborative project  – 365 days of print – invites 10 artists each month to utilize the daily newspaper as a source for art-making. I will be participating for the month of March and will post updates regularly to their blog. Check it out to see all the interesting work or toContinue reading “endangered print”

International Exchange Exhibition

Check out all the works from the 2010 exchange! The Project Space Exhibition got enormous praise and the reception was well attended. For those of you who participated in the exchange, thanks for all of your amazing work and contributions to this project. Thanks to ProArts for partial funding of this project.

FUNDING SUCCESSFUL for the FIRETABLE MURAL!

Eileen Ferara, Rebecca Sullivan and I have been working on a mural for the Greenville Fire Department’s Kitchen table. The table is a reclaimed bowling alley from recently demolished Roosevelt Lanes in Jersey City. On the table, we incorporated imagery requested by the firefighters. Our mural is nearly finished! We are putting on some finishingContinue reading “FUNDING SUCCESSFUL for the FIRETABLE MURAL!”

Language(s) – Works of Greg Letson

Another one of my curatorial projects at Windows on Columbus – 135 Greene St, downtown Jersey City, NJ Greg Letson – Language(s): selected paintings from 2003-2010 Large scale mixed media oil paintings on view Nov 20th thru March 7th 2011. Opening Reception Friday, Dec 3rd from 6-8pm (part of JC Fridays) The work is aContinue reading “Language(s) – Works of Greg Letson”

Light Spaces – Opening Reception

Show #3 of 4 in my curatorial project at Windows on Columbus. Featuring the oil paintings and drawings of Daniel Brusky. On view until Nov 18th 2010 Opening Reception – Friday, Sept 10th from 6-8pm Location: 135 Greene St. @ C. Columbus Dr, Jersey City, NJ *This exhibit and my profile was featured in theContinue reading “Light Spaces – Opening Reception”

Multiform – Works of Megan Klim

I curated an exhibition of Meg Klim’s work at Mack Cali and Windows on Columbus in Jersey City. Exhibition will be on view February 12 thru May 7th, 2010. Klim works with a visceral array of media which often include wax, shellac, thread, glass, paper, wire and wood. I am drawn to her aesthetic andContinue reading “Multiform – Works of Megan Klim”

take a picture feb 5th @ 11:11pm (eastern standard time)

The Art House Coop wants your photo for their new Brooklyn Art Library. Everyone from all over the world is welcome to participate and will take a pic of the same moment. Print it out, send it in and it will be exhibited in the grand opening of Art House in NYC. Check this linkContinue reading “take a picture feb 5th @ 11:11pm (eastern standard time)”

handmade gifts for the little ones

so my nephew is big into science and nature so i made him a book to jot down his microscopic findings and inventions. the best gift i got as a kid was a microscope and i loved eyeballing weird things – the covers of this book are a compilation of all things scientific made byContinue reading “handmade gifts for the little ones”

playing exquisite corpse

The “Exquisite Corpse” game was played by the surrealists in the early 1900’s as a means of playing with form and concept. You start by drawing a “head” and then folding over the drawing and passing onto another player, who will continue to draw the “body” without looking at the head. It is then passedContinue reading “playing exquisite corpse”