Ideas and possibilities for final show?

Projecting on Lithographic plates – with image exposed on surface of plate, plate can then be inked in any colour.

Slide projector/carousel showing images from project – Showing the same image over and over.

Using projector to separate CMYK colours on top of printed image – projecting black onto CMY image – might be too difficult to line up precisely.




I think the use of video in my work is important for the same reason I moved from painting & drawing to printmaking in the first place. Printing an image allows for almost exact reproduction (and when painting I’d only be trying to achieve the same). So video for me sounds like the next logical progression.

I think there is a strong correlation between the printed image & film, so I want to look at how film and print can relate and interact with each other when setup as an installation and see what possibilities this might bring up? This also relates back to the film reference with ‘Stalker’ and will allow me to further explore the relationship between the two – i.e. the cinematic experience of film and the still image. Possible use of screen shots/stills from the film although I’m not entirely sure if this is that relevant to the project as a whole? (Will have to try it to find out)

The initial project/images relate to ‘Stalker’ and ‘Film’ also in another way, one image is black & white and one full colour. Stalker is filmed in b/w to start with then colour once they reach ‘The Zone’

MA Printmaking symposium presentation text

Slide 1 – Title
Introduction – Name
Slide 2 – Stalker with projection
So I’m not sure I would call myself a ‘printmaker’ at the moment as my current practise has finally started to move away from what I would call a traditional approach.
This work was made very near the start of the course, combining print and image projection, and I never really took the idea any further until this year. This particular work was influenced by Andrei Tarkovsky 1979 film ‘Stalker’
Slide 3 – Richard Long
This is all part of a project called – ‘Documentation of Journey as Portrait’ and I’d been looking at Richard Long as I felt he was using self-portrait in a similar non-direct way, documenting and capturing his activities
Slide 4 – Ruins double CMYK print
I have been trying to do the same though Printmaking and spent a long time solely making Offset litho prints and not really getting it to do what I wanted – create an immersive experience for viewer, so they could see what I did – I was limited in terms of speed, scale cost.
Slide 5 – Island digital print
I moved to Digital printing – With this I was able to work faster, and on a bigger scale. My project was looking at two places, these being Scotland and Cornwall.
Slide 6 – Darren Almond Mountain print
Looking at Darren Almond for similar visual style and the technical aspect of his photographs, using long moonlit exposures
Slide 7 – Darren Almond Split image
And again
Slide 8 –Quarry digital print
While photographing these sites I was also documenting them with video which I wanted to use in combination with the printed image
Slide 9 – Video – Float/print projection
I wanted to start using video as it allowed more of a narrative to form in the work and different relationship between the other still and moving images.
Slide 10 – In Limbo video & print
Another important aspect that video added is time, and I have been using thee long fixed shots I think taking earlier influence from Tarkovsky filming of certain scenes.
Slide 11 – Trevor Paglan
I’ve also been looking at American Photographer Trevor Paglan…
Slide 12 – Trevor Paglan
…due to the documentational nature of his work, and again the technical expertise of his photography.
Slide 13 – Not lost yet – Projection and print
I’m now concerned that I have moved to far from print or that what I am doing isn’t technical enough compared to the CMYK litho prints I was doing before, so have been looking for ways in which to reincorporate this into what I’m currently doing and have been printing onto different surfaces and…
Slide 14 – Projection onto Litho plate
…projecting onto Lithographic plates

To work with Lithographic printing. I feel that this could be the best way to get the most accurate reproduction of an image.

The presentation & displaying of the work is important; Work on a larger scale, I think this is important in relation to the re-forming of a place/image although maybe scale isn’t the correct word. The work must have certain weight and impact to it, not just a print on paper pinned/framed on the wall. (Something more substantial could possibly solidify that memory?)

Work with the intention of the outcome being used as an installation.

Incorporation of other types of media into the work – Projection and video based (projection of still images alongside printed image) – Look at Doug Aitken

To use different materials to print onto for construction of installations – wood and aluminium.

For the work to be more immersive for myself and for the viewer (can this be done with scale)? As I would be trying to recreate a place & time or memory of both.

Make the context & narrative clearer? Do I need to? (Refined maybe?)

To make a visual reconstruction of a place I have visited. This doesn’t mean it will be an exact photographic reproduction of that place as my experience will have been unique and open to interpretation by the viewer. Look at land artist that work closely with the environment and surrounding for context- location based artists? – Richard long/ Robert Smithson.

Will video allow for a different reading of the work compared to a print?

I think the way in which I’m working at the moment is too slow and not enabling me to reach any kind of finished piece of work quickly enough, and always with the same outcome!

I want to try combining the Litho prints with solvent transfers (I have done alot of this in the past so it nothing new but the immediacy of the transfer combined with the litho process could be a good balance)

Also need to stop working in editions as really this is only catering for the commercial side, and more importantly is a waste of my studio time, when I should be focusing on the ideas….

I’m finding it quite repetitive just constantly making editions of an image, and all I have at the end is this pile of paper. It doesn’t hold enough substance if that’s the correct word? My only options are then for displaying the work are either framing or clipping to the wall….

Need to try different surfaces to print onto, or maybe not be so meticulous and waste to much time over making one series/image. Each image doesnt need to be so precious I guess?

I want more of an installation based outcome, but always end up with the same thing every time.

Something to think about over xmas….