These prints combine the ideas from 'sticks and stones' and the cardboard constructions. They are printed from pieces of prepared torn cardboard, extensively hand inked. All these monoprints are printed in a single pass through the press.
Hillside, tree, sun
I have been inundated by cardboard boxes coming into my home this summer. As I recycled them, I started to admire the cleverness of the designers, creating boxes with a minimum of waste and adhesive, while still being able to create string and often compartmented containers.
I took the opportunity to unfold these creations, and created simple prints from them. A few are here, the rest are at https://davidcovert.art/the-art/boxes.
These constructions were inspired by the recent paper prints and the vast quantities of cardboard that come into my house. I have always been attracted to corrugated cardboard, I think it is because of the structure underneath the placid surface. And then! you can expose the deception!.
I am also still mulling about how to display these. Is the border strictly necessary? Should it be a thin line? are these meant to be freestanding or more or less wall pieces? This is definitely work in progress...
Anyway, here is a set of pieces. The top one is 18 x 24 inches, the rest are 18 x 12 inches.
Another set of prepared paper monoprints from the underground studio! Enjoy
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12 x 18
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Peach on a Branch
Newsprint, wet and then dried, sealed with acrylic medium, torn and viscosity inked. Some paper with applied texture. Printed on BFK Rives with Akua inks. Image area 12 by 18 inches.
I have always been a quiet fan of the quiet work of Donald Judd. Here is a review of a gallery show at Gagosian https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/arts/design/donald-judd-gagosian.html. There is a show at MOMA (somewhat online) as well. For audio from artists and critics here: https://www.moma.org/audio/playlist/306, and a micro interview with the artist, https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5076.
There is a constant influx of cardboard boxes into my life & home. Many are pretty plain, with just a mysterious size/shape code to distinguish them. But often inside those simple housings are examples of the cardboard boxmakers high art. They are folded from a few complicated pieces of corrugated so that they don't need to be glued together, and often create multiple segments within the box itself. Here is one - a camera came in it.
A Sea Crow sitting on the balcony of our hotel in Naples Florida. It was quite unconcerned about our presence, allowing us to get many pictures.
carborundum with stencil 18 x 12