The printmaking process is an ever-evolving dialogue between the artist-printmaker and the matrix offered by the Lithographic limestone. The ideas are fluid and can be captured in the form of a proof at any moment before a further exploration and development can proceed. The focus of this presentation will be on a series of 16 lithographs from the permanent collection of the HRC titled “Transformation Sequence”, a series created with this “fluid evolution” concept in mind. A short talk about the process of lithography prior to the presentation will be given.
In my work, I seek to explore a range of contradictory themes within a given image. Because I am a twin, I have an interest in what manner dualities are revealed. By resurrecting references to past art historical periods with what I might refer to as a surrealist’s mind’s eye, I contrast figurative and abstracted styles; I recall art historical images and treat them within a contemporary context. In doing so, I hope to suggest opposing and duel characteristics simultaneously, contrasting through a personal symbolism such themes as:
Realism vs Distortion
Submissive vs. Assertive nature
The real vs. the anonymous, ephemeral and spiritual
Further, I specifically choose the medium of Stone Lithography to do my work because it offers what I believe is the avenue for the best presentation of my ideas. The processes offer visuals that cannot be achieved any other way. Also, the process of working through the different states of the imagery gives me the greatest freedom in exploring the realm of the subject matter.
Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St Austin, TX 78712-1455. Denius Room
About the Organizer/Venue
The Harry Ransom Center is an archive, library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the United States and Europe for the purpose of advancing the study of the arts and humanities. The Ransom Center houses 36 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and more than 100,000 works of art.
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