Alex Barsky Answers...
What's your favorite riso color or color combo?
Right now I am using Mint and Bright Red for everything. Those are my '20 summa colors
Share 1-3 things about your technical process. (ie. how do you color separate?, how do you decide which colors, binding method, or paper to use?, is your process traditional, digital, or both?, if it's collaborative what does the back and forth look like?)
I have some thematic areas I often explore like humanity's relationship with nature and questioning if it's possible for them to live in harmony, or if it's even possible for humans to live in harmony with one another. I feel that I tell the same story over and over again with a different cast of characters, which is basically a person or people trying to come to terms with the bad parts of their own natures and how that affects the ecoystems surrounding them.
Share 1-3 things about your creative/conceptualizing process.
Distant Summer was created for Zine Hug's postcards for solidarity project, which aims to raise money for charity while facilitating analog communication during social distancing. I tried to encapsulate specific thoughts I've been having during this period of quarantine into single images. I don't know if I have ever felt so many emotions while looking at a banana turning brown before.
What did you have on your mind when you were working on this project/piece (or in general)? (ie. Does your work (this or other) relate to a particular current movement or concept?)
I think a good tip for riso and life in general is keep things simple. It's possible to go crazy with printmaking and you definitely should sometimes. But generally I think its good to keep simplifying things (from color selection, page count, binding, etc) as much as possible in mind!
Do you have any risograph-related tips and tricks you'd like to share?
Thanks for reading. If you're curious about printing with riso, it's easy once you get the hang of it, and super fun to try! It's a eco-friendly & inexpensive way of self-publishing beautiful & unique artwork =)