A couple of years ago a friend who is an artist and instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago asked me if I had ever done any xerox prints. I didn’t know what he was talking about.
He described how you take a xeroxed image and transfer it to another surface using acrylic medium to glue the copy paper to (say) a panel, let it dry over night and then get it damp and carefully rub off the xeroxed paper. What is left is a more or less intact copy of the, um, copy. After keeping this in the back of my mind for a few months I decided to give it a try with one of my images printed on a thermal printer. I had been painting these entirely by had for a few years and I was done with that process because it is extremely time consuming. (See previous posts, “Paintings from Digital Images #1 – 8, where I describe the thermal printing/painting process.)
Someone offered me a small show at a coffeehouse and I thought this xerox thing might be a good way of coming up with a nice body of work. It proved to be true, if not lucrative and it was fun solving all kinds of technical problems. The least fun part was working with acrylics. I hadn’t had anything to do with them since high school and I see I was right to leave them alone. But they did the job, so I shouldn’t complain.
The above are all mixed media using inks and acrylic paint in sizes ranging from 24 x 18 down to 5 x 7.