“And silence, like darkness, can be kind; it, too, is a language.”
Hanif Kureishi, Intimacy and Midnight All Day
is*land :: a tract of land surrounded by water
After drawing, the stone is etched. Then, when ready to proof the matrix, the drawing is removed, buffed up with asphaltum, cleaned with water, inked up in Shop Mix Black, and proofed. Matrix 123.3 for ‘The Island’.
LAW :: Lithotine wash out.
LAW :: Asphaltum Rubbing.
LAW :: Water and Shop Mix Black Roll Up.
Mylar Proof over Work-In-Progress checking Registration and Appearance.
is*land :: a tract of land surrounded by water
Korns #3 Litho crayon on Aloys :: Making a Mark :: Edition #123 Matrix #3 :: conte crayon guide markings, gummed out non-image areas
First Etching a ~6 drop Nitric Acid @pH2.5
First Etching Detail of the Lake
“Derby Street II : Water Beneath” Edition of E.V. 1/12 - 12/12.
“I have to connect things in the world in a different way”
Anselm Kiefer | answering the question: “Why are you an artist?”
“If I were called upon to define briefly the word Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul.”
Layout in conté crayon and gum arabic
Painting out non-image areas with gum
Rubbing crayon application
Ready to etch. 12 drop nitric acid etch.
Etched stone. Gum buff and ready to roll up.
“ … I do not need to show my work, and I do not need to explain it. If the work doesn’t talk to you, just relax. Do any of you have to define yourself? It is very difficult to define yourself. It is even more difficult to reveal yourself.”
Louise Bourgeois | Statement, 1989
Drawing on the stone; Gum block out, Korns medium rubbing crayon and #3 Korns lithography crayon
The bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™
“Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.”
The big stone ‘ALOYS’ is named in honor of Johann Alois Senefelder
Johann Alois Senefelder (6 November 1771 – 26 February 1834), the inventor of stone lithography.
“Look, and look again,
This world is not just a little thrill for the eyes.”
Hansa, Primsrose & Warm (Chrome) Yellows + Litho Varnish #7 and Tint Base. Proof run on newsprint with layout.
"There's no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things."
"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen.
"When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
In the toMake™ pressroom mixing ink
One can not have too many pencils, ever.
This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls”
John Muir | John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir
Relief Matrix and Flocking from Generosity & The Way Across | Edition #109
An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water
Edition papers ready for more ink!
Checking the registration on ‘The Island.’ Editioned the water base in [ Imperial Blue + Litho Varnish #7 + Tint Base + Setswell ].
I made a relief matrix from cardboard. Gaylord Lake will be printed on the chine-collé in a clear tint base or varnish.
Proofing the varnish matrix of Gaylord Lake and the island.
Out & About south of the river today Noteworthy Paper and Press has reopened their newly located & renovated gift and print shop and it is wonderful.
“Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.”
F. Dostoevsky | The Idiot
Plate matrix for ‘The Island’; water layer #3
Emerald Green with Tint Base for ‘The Island’ forested or base matrix
Ink draws for ‘The Island’ forested areas matrix
New 20 and 25 inch scraper bars for lithography
Shimenawa :: the wrapping of sacred space. Mylar draft for the edition #109 ‘Generosity.’
So I proceeded with the layout for my initial idea of a shimenawa; used to indicate a boundary to something sacred, thus there be a sacred space called Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park! This is indicated in a stylized manner on the companion print ‘The Way Across’.
There are places, like this, that must be wrapped by shimenawa. We are such a selfish species. In her “Memorandum to the Animals” Amy Leach says “If you are concerned about the devastation of your genetic type and you do not see your name on the Keep-Alive List, you might think about clumping some vegetation together into rafts on which to rescue yourselves… Anyway, we need the space for our works and wonders. Many of you are being superannuated because we must give priority to our machinery, our televisions and computers and refrigerators and cars, trucks, airplanes, combination microwave/convection ovens with auto-time zone adjusters. We will still bring a few of you with us, especially those of you with rumps and ribs (please refer to the Keep-Alive List). But we are not going to waste time holloing for the bush babies, waiting for the mayflies to drift in and the kiwis to materialize. We are certainly not going to stand around until the tortoises figure out what’s going on.”
“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” Herman Melville | Moby Dick