Passages, digital w/montype
I will be opening an exhibition of new work at Galerie Hertz, 1253 South Preston Street, on Sunday, October 19, with a reception from 1:00 - 4:00. A series of digital monotypes created during the past year. A Digital Monotype, for my purpose, is an image that has been printed from an inkjet printer and then layered with traditional printmaking inks from relief and nonporous surfaces. Many of the images are actually layers of images. After shooting various landscapes from all of our seasons, I manipulate them in photshop to increase their density. In fact, when I shoot landscapes, it tends to be from a perspective within the landscape rather than at the landscape as I love the density and moodiness of that point of view. I then print the image onto a heavy Somerset Velvet paper with an Epson 7800 digital printer. Looking through other landscapes images I've photographed, I find another, usually a different season, that has a similar feel as the first one I printed. After manipulating that one, I feed the first image through the printer again and layer the second on top. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. I have a pile attesting to the later. When it didn't work, it was because the sensors in the digital printer couldn't read "white" paper, thereby causing the printer to quit in mid-image. However, when it did work, that's when I became more passionate about the possibilities. After having two layers of imagery printed digitally, I then took that print to my French Tool press and often printed color separation monotypes on top or relief patterns, adding more layers to the complexity of the images.
I hope you can stop by for the opening, or at least while it's at the gallery.