a series of 5 prints created at Ningyo Editions, Watertown, MA with David Curcio and Edward Monovich
Ice Out at Walden 1-5, 2010
15” x 25”
collograph, dry point, japanese woodblock, digital print
by David Curcio, Ningyo Editions
The creation of Ice Out presented conceptual challenges that dictated new and unfamiliar technical means: how to depict the gradual melting of the ice-covered Walden across a small series of images that would bring the viewer from the crystalline chill of the frozen surface to the verdant expanse of spring’s arrival; how to depict a process so un-visual as arrays of wind speed and direction; and how to achieve narrative tone and color with the minutiae of this data.
The necessity to work both large (lest the data remain illegible) as well as with multiple images (in order to show the passing of time and changing data) led us to some unconventional methods. Working with Edward Monovich, experiments with Min-Wax™, various glues and acrylic mediums, sand and salt, used on matrices of simple cardboard sheets led very gradually to the resulting collograph plates, which describe the icy surface in the first three prints, as well as the guerrilla engraving technique used for the rough, dark blue nineteenth century data. Tried and truer mediums, both old (woodcut) and new (digital printing) helped round out images, and the resulting “hybrid” prints run the technical gamut from traditional to contemporary to (at least for this printer) wholly experimental.
Ningyo Editions, Watertown, MA, 2010
Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2010
Brant Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2012
Space Gallery, Portland, ME, 2012
Transit Gallery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2013