Thursday, March 28, 2013

Something New


"The Curtain Rises"

I'm happy to share with you a new piece of art--one that involves a wholly different form of printmaking than the block prints you're used to seeing.

This is "The Curtain Rises," and it's a monoprint--a one-of-a-kind print--that I created by screenprinting an image drawn in chalk pastel. Does that sound weird? It is kind of weird. And it's somewhat unpredictable. I couldn't tell precisely how this print would turn out until I lifted the screen off the paper. That's part of the magic of printmaking, though. For this piece in particular, the imperfections made the image more evocative.

I've been experimenting with unusual forms of screenprinting, and I'll show you the results as I continue practicing. I'm enjoying the freer, more expressive feel of these techniques. They offer a lot of flexibility for images, and they allow me to mesh my drawing with printmaking. (Everything in "The Curtain Rises" is hand-drawn.) I'll continue to create block prints--in fact, I have two new ones in the final stages of carving--but you're going to see a lot more of these screen monoprints from me as well.

"The Curtain Rises" will be available in the silent auction for Opening Night: A Benefit for Alabama Landmarks, sponsored by the Alabama Theatre Junior Board. They're planning to recreate the Alabama Theatre's opening night in 1927, which promises to be a lot of roaring, Gatsby-style fun. I can't wait to debut this new piece in that setting.

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