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2006-2007 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.

 

(Maquette)
Fractured
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.

(Maquette)
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.

(Maquette)
Fallen
Multicolor Mixed Media Print
Edition Installation

Here the idea is about the multiple in print and growingly in our society the loss of the individual among the masses. I have been working around this idea for years in various approaches. Here it is represented by the repetition of the same figure cut out of the print and wired together. The pieces appear to be falling but remain fixed in space; one individual trapped among the doubles.

This will also be the display and collection of the entire edition in one setting; an idea I have been playing with using the entire edition as the peice. In monoprinting I do this quite often where I create the image and then break it down to dissolved elements through the printing process. This dissolution of the image and the form fascinates me. In this maquette the image is rather simplified but the final image will be more graphic and visually active with several layers of cityscape imagery. The image of the man I use here, and in several of my images, is one I found years ago in an antiques shop. The photo morgue, they called it, was a bin of family photos recovered from estate sales and dumped in massive box. The resurecting of an individual from the nameless masses is a theme that has tied my work together for many years.

(Maquette)
Fallen
Multicolor Mixed Media Print
Edition Installation

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