I found Three copper-plate dry-point's I made in '98. These prints were done in French Black on Fabriano Artistico 100% rag-paper and have been stored between Acid free foam core within poly film. Paper Dimensions are 10" X 10", plate dimensions are 6" X 6". These prints read correctly and the plate has been cancelled.
This is an edition of fifteen prints I made of my first "sculpture studio." It was an eight foot by eight foot walk-in closet. Man, the mess I would make in there.
In the top left corner are some manuals and reference binders and books, next is a box I salvaged from a Buddhist temple on First and Commercial in Vancouver. They were throwing it out. It looked like it held statuary, all nicely lined. Well, It was now full of Plaster of Paris. Next to the box are some hand tools and tool cases and then my coveralls.
Under the top shelf there is a specially-made shelf unit that holds a variety of concoctions, brushes and utensils and a sliding mitre saw. Hanging over the closet rod is a bag of shit, likely rags... The studio also doubled as a Print/Design Studio so, that is likely a sheet of either Fabriano Or Rives BFK in the foreground.
There are three of these prints remaining, Numbered 12/15, 14/15 and 15/15. the print bears the edition number, my name, the month and year.
Dry-point etching is a process whereby you scratch lines in a copper plate with a scribe to create an image. You then ink the plate by throughly wiping it with your desired solvent-based ink and then carefully and meticulously wiping the ink off until the only ink left on the plate is the ink in the scribed lines. You then place the plate face up on the press bed, place some soaked paper on top then press blankets and then you roll the press bed through the press. For an edition to be true, each print must be identical, so the wiping of the ink is crucial. Too little wiping too dark, too much wiping, too light...
With the process of etching, you are always printing the mirror image of what is on the plate. This print, however, "reads correctly." This means that this print is not the mirror image of the studio. This plate was made by drawing the studio, then placing that drawing in front of a mirror and transferring it to the copper plate, so left is left and right is right, my coveralls were hanging on the right just as in the print.
The print comes complete with off-print documentation and is listed as unframed.
Framing is available.
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