Dirk Hagner

San Juan Capistrano, CA



As an artist I have chosen printmaking as my medium. I get excited about ink and paper. The textures, the subtle build-up of sheen in successive ink layers, the gentle dimensionality impressions leave on the sheet, the feel of the printing blocks, the sounds and scents – it’s the whole mix. It is seductive, challenging, often surprising, and always exhilarating.

In employing traditional and current methods of image- and print-making the results connect me to our past while allowing me to speak with contemporary relevance.

Lately I have also been interested in artist books. Printmaking and book arts share the same birth mother. Artist books can beautifully showcase a suite of prints and letter types enrich the work graphically. Sometimes the work is type-driven, which really should be thought of as mark-making; sometimes it is image-driven. Books substantially aid me as printmaker, provide context, impart rhythm, and provide a tangible dimensional experience.

If weren’t a printmaker I’d would want to be a composer/musician. I would switch instruments at will, go from the piano to the violin, from the rhythm section to oboe, trumpet, guitar or tuba; maybe add a bit of cello. Love it. And yeah, I forgot the flügelhorn, of course.

Systemic Things – Because Things are the Way they are they won’t stay the Way they are, 9 colors, two-sided screen prints on black paper. Duplex green/dark-gray cover boards, bound with Kraftex leather strip. Closed 6.25 x 6.5 x .375 inches, (16 x 16.5 x 1 cm); open 13 1/8 x 6.5 x 6 inches, (33.3 x 16.5 x 15.25 cm). Edition of 20, signed and numbered.
Double Calamity in C-major, Letterpress on stained paper, 16 x 12 inches (40.5 x 30.5 cm), edition of 10, signed and numbered.
Pain du Monde (I), Plumbago frottage on translucent vellum, 19 x 13 inches (48 x 33 cm), variable edition of 3, signed and numbered; part of a series of three.