Exploring the Grand Canyon with a process that links modern-historical photography with modern-historical exploration.
"Grand Canyon Gravure" is a project that has grown into something more incredible than I thought it could ever be. It is the convergence of two different adventures that started 10 months apart: learning photogravure and a 16 day winter trip through the Grand Canyon.
The goal of this Kickstarter venture is to get the raw material needed to finish the second half of this photographic/historical project called "Grand Canyon Gravure".
In the 18 months since emerging from the Grand Canyon, 12 gravure plates have been made. Each plate has been used to make an edition of 10 prints with sepia ink. Some have been used to make an edition of 10 prints with a special mixture that I call "Thalo Black". 12 (or more) additional gravure plates are planned. With each of the 24 total (or more) plates, I plan to make editions of 10 prints for four different ink colors: sepia, thalo black, dark brown, blue black; making a total of 40 prints per plate (not including the traditional printer's proof and artist's proof).
The specific goal set here on Kickstarter is the minimum amount required to get the raw material to finish this Grand Canyon Gravure project, provide conservation storage for the finished project, and get it ready for gallery/museum showing.
The first photogravures have already received some acclaim.
"Havasu" won 1st Place Alternative Photographic Process and People's Choice in a Rangefinder Magazine competition. The image was published (full page) in the March 2012 issue. "Havasu" will be included in Soho Photo's annual competition which opens on July 5th of this year. It was also included in shows at Photoworks Gallery in Glen Echo Park as well as a January show at The Kiernan Gallery.
"Campsite Quanta" was included in a show at Open Shutter Gallery and won Best in Show at ARTSPACE during a show called "Altered State?". The thalo black version was in a show at MPLS Photo Center over this past winter.
When the 24 plates have been etched and editioned I plan to finish a proposal for showing them at Kolb Studio on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where they can provide a modern link to the long tradition of photographic exploration in the American southwest. 24 plates might not be quite as ambitious a project as Edward S. Curtis' The North American Indian, but the choice of photogravure (as the longest-lasting, most archivally stable photo process) is the same.
A book component to this project is planned, but that depends on time and money. The first step is finishing the prints and securing more gallery spaces for showing. Anything above the goal set here will go towards framing and gallery costs as well as (and most preferred) towards the book.
For the sake of full disclosure, here is a list of the raw the materials that this project will get:
200 sheets Rives BFK off white printmaking paper
200 sheets Rives BFK white printmaking paper
20 photogravure plates (some extra plates just in case...)
2 lbs. Graphic Chemical Sepia etching ink
2 lbs Graphic Chemical Bone Black etching ink
1 lb Graphic Chemical Thalo Red etching ink
2 lbs Graphic Chemical Dark Brown etching ink
2 lbs Graphic Chemical Blue Black etching ink
26 yards of tarlatan wiping cloth
24 plastic squeegees
1 roll glassine barrier paper
20 archival boxes (11" x 14" each)
4 plastic waterproof storage boxes
I have access to an etching press, my own UV exposure unit & contact frame, and I am the printmaker so don't have to hire outside help.
That's it! All money raised for this project goes directly towards this project!
Here is a link to the 12 images/plate which have already been completed. They are the photogravures and archival digital reprints of the photogravures that are available for backers at certain levels. http://artandwater.smugmug.com/Other/Grand-Canyon-Gravure/23034401_vqCsZB#!i=1853015620&k=nNj2Qww
Here is a link to the 12 cyanotypes which have already been completed. They are the cyanotypes and archival digital reprints of cyanotypes that are available at various levels to backers of this project.http://artandwater.smugmug.com/Art/It-Must-Be-A-Grand-Canyon-Trip/16436635_d84gVQ#!i=1614434614&k=hNH5NWB
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A postcard-sized, hand-made cyanotype with a hand, written thank you on the back, and an ARTandWATER sticker.Estimated delivery:
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Signed copy of booklet-zine titled "It Must Be..(a Grand Canyon trip): Drawings and Throughts from a winter trip from Lee's Ferry to Diamond Creek (December 19, 2012 - January 2, 2011). Plus an ARTandWATER sticker. ISBN 978-0615444055Estimated delivery:
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Archival Digital Reprint of one of the photogravures already completed (or one of the cyanotypes). These are reproductions made on cotton paper, using one of Epson's professional inksets. They will be placed in a cotton conservation mat with acid free foam back, wrapped in a clear plastic presentation bag. Outside of mat is 11" x 14" for easy framing. Image is approx. 6" x 9".Estimated delivery:
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Hand-made cyanotype on 100% cotton paper. The image size is approx. 8" x 10" (depending on which image you choose), and the paper is 11" x 14" so it will be easy for you to find mats and frames for the picture. The cyanotype will be signed on the back.Estimated delivery:
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"The Fun Package": One Hand-made cyanotype on cotton paper plus...One Archival Digital reprint plus...One ARTandWATER cotton tshirt plus...One signed copy of the booklet "It Must Be...(A Grand Canyon Trip) plus...One ARTandWATER sticker.Estimated delivery:
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Everything from "The Fun Package" plus a one-time consultation/instruction session re: creating digital negatives and other digital workflow issues (in person or if you are too far away to do this in person, I am happy to work with you several times via email/skype).Estimated delivery:
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Choose one of the following original, hand-printed photogravures in sepia ink on 100% cotton Rives BFK printmaking paper. The print you choose will be conservation matted with 100% cotton mat board and backing. You will be able to pick ONE from the series that has been completed so far..."Havasu 2"..."Camp 118.6"..."New Years Day"..."Deer Creek"..."Deer Creek Logic"..."Tequila Beach"..."Matkatamiba"..."Elves Chasm (Looking Out)"..."Elves Chasm (Looking In)"..."Winter Canyon" Total number in sepia edition is 10 prints each. Some are already sold to collectors.Estimated delivery:
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Choose ONE of the following AWARD WINNING original, hand-printed photogravures in sepia in on 100% cotton Rives BFK printmaking paper. The print you choose will be conservation matted with 100% cotton mat board and backing. Pick either "Havasu" or "Campsite Quanta". Total number in sepia edition is 10 prints each. Some are already sold to collectors.Estimated delivery:
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One original photogravure plus all the reprints!!! Essentially you are pledging $300 plus $150 so can get the awesome things from both of those categories. You get one of the limited edition, hand-made photogravures, so that you can enjoy the subtle nuances of the original image as well as it's superior longevity, AND reprints of the images produced in 2011 that have been imaged for digital reproduction on archival materials.Estimated delivery:
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Choose any four (4) photogravures from the $300 pledge level and be the first to receive one of the future prints that this project is funding! (current photogravures will be shipped to you at the end of the summer and the future print will be shipped when completed some time in the Fall)Estimated delivery:
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"The Complete Collection" All 12 existing photogravures, and all 6 cyanotypes (you choose cyan blue or toned red/brown). The 18 pieces will be carefully matted with 100% cotton mat and backing. They will be shipped to you in a museum conservation box for safe keeping.Estimated delivery:
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