Proposed Installations and Print Projects
Lately my thoughts about
prints and printmaking have been under a microscope. I have attempted
to look past tradition and convention and see what could be possible
with an open mind toward the print. In this investigation I have
been seeking new techniques and materials; toward redefining
the Print as we currently know it. The printmaking world has
been bound by tradition and nostalgia; largely limited to the
wall, under glass and confined to a frame. Digital, while quick
and sometimes exciting, seems limited to me. The ideas are rarely
refined as much as actual hands-on work develops.
I have several new projects underway currently and will post
them here as they bare fruit. This is an experimental page. Some
will be finished pieces, others will be maquettes I have built
to help work out the idea in real materials instead of just a
page in my sketchbook. I'm not claiming all these explorations
are Earth shattering but they are building to something that's
yet to come. Please check back and see what's next in Print.
MonoPrint and Mirror Installation
The idea in this piece
is to break away from the normal way in whcih we see and interact
with a print. The scale and the distance we are forced to be
from the piece challenges the viewer to reconsider their approach
and the work. A print is normally viewed behind glass and protected.
Here the glass/mirror has been shattered and the print has been
pinned to the wall. The full impact of the piece is felt when
the viewer moves around the fractured glass changing the experience
of the image and interacting with both the room and the audience
like no other print could.
Cast Paper Print
and Plate Projection Installation
Here again is another
approach to the print. In the foreground is a cast paper standing
print. The form will be entirely formed from cast paper and recycled
prints. The mold will be inked and then the paper pulp will be
pressed into the form. The inked areas of the mold will transfer
their information to the casting and then we have the print.
In the background is a plexiglass engraving projection. The plexiglass
plate will be engraved and inked like a normal engraving but
instead of printing the plate I will project the image onto the
walls. The idea is that a print and all visual information is
made up of pigment, substrate and light. Here I am doing away
with the paper and leting the light and pigment carry the image.
Ink colors and tints will, if transluecent, transfer to the wall
just as it would onto the paper itself. This piece will (forgive
the pun) force people to look at the print in a new light.