Monday, November 16, 2009

"pushing the spaces" preview

this is the preview for my solo at black maria gallery's project wall this saturday the 21st. i have spent the last few months developing this series, that i began over a year ago, mostly focusing on some very old forms of print making.

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please note that these are one-of-a-kind prints; all have been reworked after printing. there are no editions available at this time. should black maria and i choose to make editions available, they will more than likely be limited to less than five, as i do not relish the idea of cheapening my work by making it hackneyed.

below i've included definitions of print terminology to help explain the processes used.

after the playing stopped
acylic on canvas
28'' x 20'' unframed, 32'' x 24'' framed

the resting place
acrylic on board
4.25'' x 6.25'' unframed, 8'' x 10'' framed

the persistence, artist's proof
solarplate photogravure on copperplate paper
9.5'' x 7.5'' unframed, 20'' x 20'' framed

the acquaintances, artist's proof
solarplate photogravure on copperplate paper
5.25'' x 8'' unframed, 16'' x 20'' framed

the collection, 1/1
drypoint on copperplate paper
7'' x 5.5'' unframed, 17.5'' x 18'' framed

the rehearsal, artist's proof
lithograph on rives bfk heavyweight
7'' x 12'' unframed, 17.5'' x 24'' framed

the path, artist's proof
lithograph on rives bfk heavyweight
6'' x 9'' unframed, 17'' x 22'' framed

the commencement, artist's proof
cliche verre on ilford matte paper
6.5'' x 5'' unframed, 13.5'' x 12.5'' frame

all frames (with the exception of the resting place) were designed and built by me out of poplar. the prints are float mounted on acid free black matboard and recessed 5/8'' behind plexiglass.

list of terms:

- intaglio - printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface, known as the matrix or plate. to print an intaglio plate, ink is applied to the surface and then rubbed with tarlatan cloth to remove most of the excess. the final smooth wipe is often done with newspaper or old public phone book pages, leaving ink only in the incisions. a damp piece of paper is placed on top and the plate and paper are run through a printing press that, through pressure, transfers the ink from the recesses of the plate to the paper. wikipedia

- solarplate photogravure - an intaglio printmaking process in which photographic images are printed using forms of mechanised etching of light sensative platic plates then developed in water.

- drypoint - a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a copper plate (or "matrix") with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metal or diamond point. wikipedia

- lithography - a method for printing using a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a completely smooth surface. in modern times, the image is made of polymer applied to anodized aluminium plates. The smooth surface is divided into hydrophilic regions which accept a film or water and while damp, these areas reject ink and hydrophobic (water repelling) regions which accept ink because the surface tension is higher on the greasier image area which remains dry because the water will part and run off the greasy image. This process is quite different to gravure or intaglio printing where a plate is engraved, etched or stippled to make cavities to contain the printing ink. wikipedia

- cliche verre - a method of etching on a ground-coated transparent material, or painting and drawing on a transparent surface, such as glass in this case, and printing the resulting image on a light sensitive paper. wikipedia

- i would like at this point to express my thanks to columbus college of art and design and their print department for their assistance, especially students mathew clark and jennifer sands.

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