frigid, but fruitful

28 Oct

As the winter air settles day to day, flakes fall then melt off. The western New York landscape changes from vibrant foliage atop the trees to decayed lumps descending to the earth. Although events like this inevitably happen each year I can’t help but to look up at the sky and be overcome with a sense of surreality.

Within this semester I’ve become more independent and somewhat mechanical in terms of work habits. Days almost always begin habitually with a gym session from 7-8AM, a cup of french pressed coffee with breakfast followed by the choice of art history readings, video editing, or drawing/printing in my studio space.

Here are some recently edited photos of work going in my December show. The 1st is a refined frame design from last semester that consists of 3 zinc plate etchings scanned and printed on transparencies. The transparencies are then placed in thinly cut slots so their contents line up in succession of foreground middle ground and background.

The second image (photographed poorly) is a 4 layer reductive monoprint. More specifically, the image was produced using the cmkyk method and printed from an acrylic plate. The color layers are as follows: yellow, orange, red, magenta, cyan. By using a graphite drawn composition I placed it underneath the acrylic to use as a guide. Once the surface of the plate has ink applied to it I then began wiping away material and creating texture in a way that lined up as well as emulated the shape of the detail from the drawing. Mounted on top of the print is a painted poplar frame with a singular slot cut into the center. Within this slot is an 18×24 transparency of a digital print.

 

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4 Responses to “frigid, but fruitful”

  1. Christian Jaskolka October 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    The second one came out well, I almost get a sense of viewing these lizards from an aquarium or something with the transparency layered on top.

  2. lizbeth October 29, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    me encanto, excelente trabajo!!! felicidades

  3. Ed Mighell November 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Thanks for “liking” the Object Runway post. It’s nice to see other printmakers and what they are up to. Red Grooms did some cool separations of fore/middle/back grounds and I saw a couple of his sculptural pieces on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum on Long Island. Your monoprint is way more detailed than any I saw others doing when I was taking classes. Keep on keeping on.

  4. Elizabeth MacDonald December 6, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Well done! Thank you for visiting my blog. If I read your explanation of your process on the reductive mono print correctly… you are combining the mono print with a digital transparency? Is your line work on the transparency? I really like the effect.

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