Kayrock Screenprinting Fosters Artist Growth
Brooklyn-based Kayrock Screenprinting has multiple programs aimed at producing silkscreen prints, paper prints and books of art; however, the 100-year-old converted rope factory is much more than the home of a studio offering printing services. Founded by Karl LaRocca in 1998, Kayrock is an artists’ collective that collaborates with other artists to create, distribute and promote their work to the betterment of all involved.
LaRocca himself paints, draws and prints – sometimes focusing on geometric shapes and color patterns, other times reproducing ATM receipts and discarded government documents. His work is exploratory and elegant: reserved with its statement and punctual in design and implementation. It’s the practical applications of art production that really make LaRocca and his studio stand out.
For starters, Kayrock accepts applications from artists of all walks of life, screenprinting experience not required, to take part in a collaborative process called “Fresh Prints!” wherein guest curators select artists from a pool of submissions on a yearly basis. Together with Kayrock, they design and produce a series of 150 prints signed and numbered by the artist. It’s the perfect opportunity for idea-focused artists lacking in physical or financial means, or creative minds who just want to collaborate without a formal introduction.
In another program, the Editions series, Kayrock invites hand-picked artists to work with them to create a design, paying for production and materials while splitting profits 50/50 with the artist. The work is often astounding, if not varied. Some artists use the opportunity to make a statement, political or otherwise. Still others design intricate works of color and design. On top of prints, the studio also produces beautifully bound books featuring even more specially invited artists.
In an interview with Gothamist, LaRocca says, “the style is that there is no style, no form.” That much is clear from the sheer variety of work expressed by a long list of artists for an even longer list of clients including galleries, publications, bands and long-established institutions. Take a look at some of the magnificent pieces to emerge from Kayrock’s efforts and be sure to check out our own Shared Walls program at IPaintMyMind.