Rakish Light

About Rakish Light
Established by artists Deirdre O’Dwyer and Brian O’Connell, Rakish Light opperates two lithographic offset presses to reproduce images and texts transferred by the LA sun onto photosensitive printing plates. RL publications include a journal of unique issues, editions, and artists’ books by its founding partners, and collaborations with artists and writers on projects realized in the studio with the technologies and conditions at hand.

Rakish Light has three divisions:

1. Rakish Light Projects.
Publications and events conceived by Rakish Light.

2. Rakish Light Editions.
Rakish Light invites proposals for publications and other ideas that can be realized through the AB Dick 350/360.

3. Rakish Light Journal.
Unique issues of what the press prints, produced in perpetuity. Exploratory in nature, the contents of each may or may not have anything to do with anything else.

About thePresses
Rakish Light uses two AB Dick presses (a 350 and a 360, from the last century): lithographic offset presses that reproduce, through the mutual resistance of water and oil-based ink, images first transferred by the sun onto photosensitive plates.

Originally designed for commercial use, these presses, revived as Rakish Light, produce artists’ projects. Interested parties should bear in mind a maximum sheet size of 11 x 17 inches and potential print runs in the thousands.

About Brian and Deirdre

Brian O'Connell
Brian O’Connell is a multidisciplinary artist who works in technologies both old and new. He has exhibited institutionally and in galleries throughout the US and abroad. His public projects include a semi-permanent installation at the Central Library in Leuven, Belgium; a 13-foot concrete boat produced on the beach in Malibu, California; and a 30-foot concrete hull cast from an abandoned fishing boat in Istanbul, Turkey. Brian has been included in the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A.” biennial (2014) and MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York” (2010).

Deirdre O'Dwyer
Deirdre O’Dwyer is a Los-Angeles based artist who, when not putting together books, makes paintings using non-traditional materials. Her work has been included in exhibitions internationally, including at Matt’s Gallery, London, The Poor Farm, Wisconsin, Human Resources, LA, Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where she was the recipient of a Starr Fellowship.


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