Heartland of Darkness
Heartland of Darkness is a hand-pulled lithograph. The image size is 11″ by 14″. The paper is trimmed to the edge of the image and has no border. The image is printed on Arches Cover, an archival rag paper. This image is available unframed and shrink wrapped. Framing is available upon request but may take 1-2 weeks.
Heartland of Darkness is a lithograph created from a line drawing of my childhood farm near Arcadia, Wisconsin, and in the Buffalo River Valley. The farm buildings are abandoned and overgrown. The farm backs up to a bluff.
This lithograph was completed at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. It is a 2-color lithograph, hand drawn and printed by Faye Passow. The image starts with a line drawing which is done plein air at the site of the subject matter. I apply a black rectangle of ink to a litho stone and then trace the line drawing onto the ink surface, which has been buffed with talc for handling purposes. I then scrap out negative areas using single edge razor blades and not necessarily following any logic. The stone is etched, processed, re-etched and printed in black on Arches Cover, a rag paper. After a week or so of drying time a yellow/brown, mostly transparent ink is printed over the entire image. This deepens the black in the image and gives the whole work an aged and luminous feeling. The art trimmed to size and signed and numbered on the reverse side. Hand lithographs are multiple originals. This lithograph has a limited edition of 18 with 1 Artist’s Proof. Each one is an original.
Heartland of Darkness received 2nd Place at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibition in 2009 . This image has also been in a number of exhibitions including Trouble in Paradise, a solo show at Swan Song Gallery in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, Press Gang at Stevens Square Community Arts Center in Minneapolis, Stop the Presses, Graphic Art in a New Light at the College of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Disorderly Details, a two person exhibition with Jody Williams at Form + Content Gallery and Minnesota Surrealists, a two-person exhibition at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
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