Kenneth Lantz


Human Wishes

Wishbone Installation
Wishbone Installation
3D Printed Wishbone
3D Printed Wishbone
PLA Plastic Numbered Edition (not limited) 2"x3"
3D Printed Wishbone Framed
3D Printed Wishbone Framed
PLA Plastic mounted inside a 5"x7" frame
Bronze Wishbone
Bronze Wishbone
Cast Bronze, Limited numbered edition of 40
Bronze Wishbone Framed
Bronze Wishbone Framed
Cast Bronze, Limited numbered edition of 40 mounted inside a 5"x7" frame
Wooden Wish
Wooden Wish
Birch Ply (laser cut), Limited Edition of 9
Postcards
Postcards
Letterpress Bristol Card Stock
Cupcakes
Cupcakes
Bronze, 3D Printed PLA, Limited Edition of 7
Cupcake
Cupcake
Bronze, 3D Printed PLA, Limited Edition of 7
Embossed Wishes
Embossed Wishes
Hahnemuhle Durer Etching Paper 300 GSM, Limited Edition of 90
Embossed Wishes Detail
Embossed Wishes Detail
Hahnemuhle Durer Etching Paper 300 GSM, Limited Edition of 90
Embossed Wish
Embossed Wish
Hahnemuhle Durer Etching Paper 300 GSM, Limited Edition of 90
Embossed Wish Framed
Embossed Wish Framed
Hahnemuhle Durer Etching Paper 300 GSM, Limited Edition of 90
233 Pennies (Unframed)
233 Pennies (Unframed)
Digital Print (Epson 9900), Epson Cold Press Natural 325 GSM, Limited Edition of 9
217 Pennies (Unframed)
217 Pennies (Unframed)
Digital Print (Epson 9900), Epson Cold Press Natural 325 GSM, Limited Edition of 9
219 Pennies (Unframed)
219 Pennies (Unframed)
Digital Print (Epson 9900), Epson Cold Press Natural 325 GSM, Limited Edition of 9
That Moment (Unframed)
That Moment (Unframed)
Dry Point Intaglio, Arnhem 1618 245 GSM, Limited Edition of 15
Wishing Well
Wishing Well
3D Printed PLA Bucket, Bronze, Steel, Rope, Pennies

We’ve all done it more times than we can count. It is one of those rare things not affected by geography, culture, or time. It is a uniquely human trait, a coping mechanism our brains have developed to work through intangible concepts. Problems we can’t quite solve, whether large or small invoke the simple gesture of a wish.

This body of work utilizes the subject matter of tangible objects associated with wishing. Wishbones are inherently loaded objects. The wish requires an action between two people, each hoping to come away with the larger piece. The power of the wishbone lies in the potential wish and the connection between those two people. The cupcake with a single candle pays tribute to the first wish we ever make, even if it is made for us.  At that moment unbeknownst to us we are indoctrinated into the club of wish making. It never leaves us and the tradition passes on.

All of the pieces are printed at some point in their existence. The embossed paper was created with a 3-D printed plate. The bronze wishbones are from 3-D printed patterns and the cupcakes utilize 3-D printed candles. Even the laser cut wishbones are a version of a print. This non-traditional approach to printmaking creates a relationship between the pieces that is unique to the world of printmaking. The final print is only realized by creating a printed original, invoking a parent / child relationship within the work.

My hope with these pieces is that the imagery will recall memories of past and current hopes and wishes. The action generated, whether it be to take a wishbone and break it with someone or to take the wishbone and keep it as a reminder of wishes past and future, are all calculated potential responses. Each response will be unique to the individual but everyone can understand the simple idea of being able to print a wish.