"Lacan's Sardines" by Blair Saxon-Hill
"Lacan's Sardines" 2016
24" tall, 20" wide.
The collages are primarily made from forwarding the photographic space as form, or stated differently, the space that surrounds the object is the building material for my forms. I am interested in plays of perception, what-sits-on-what and our sense of knowing (using the document as the source for the new).
The source material for the collages are original book pages drawn from books that document sculpture and vessels and were published in the 1960s. That era utilized a now outmoded form of print technology called photogravure. Photogravures provide the highest printed tonal range and allow for texture to become very seductive. This print technology is rarely used today in publishing because it is too expensive. When this technology is used in commercial printing for publications it is technically called a “sheet fed photogravure”. To take my engagement with the print technology further, I hired a master printer in SF to make my collages into photogravure prints. Being a purest, I found a man trained at the famous Crown Point Press to print them on copper plates. This man was also trained in various printmaking techniques in Japan so he was able to print the gravures on a special super thin paper and adhere them to the cotton rag paper. The process of adhering is called chine-colle. I gave the printer three photographs of the works (two images of my collages, and one studio photograph) from which he made the photo positives for etching on copper plates. The works were printed on Gampi paper then chine-colle to the Somerset.
Print 3 of an edition of 10.
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