Pouring on Jamestown by Allison Bianco at Cade Tompkins Projects (IFPDA)

Allison Bianco recently completed a new edition entitled Pouring on Jamestown picturing the eastern side of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay diminished by a massive expanse of ocean below. The etching with aquatint captures a panoramic view of the island with ships steaming off Jamestown, Rhode Island. Layers of clouds and fog hang low over the land, screen printed in transparent seashell pink, day-glo green and chartreuse, setting a stormy atmosphere that highlights the circa 1920s architecture and landscape. All the while the sea churns, and smaller vessels approach the harbor cautiously.

Pouring on Jamestown 2016, hard ground etching with aquatint, screen print, 36 x 60 inches, edition of 7

Pouring on Jamestown 2016, hard ground etching with aquatint, screen print, 36 x 60 inches, edition of 7

 

Pouring on Jamestown (detail)

Pouring on Jamestown (detail)

This work was made with a single 3 x 5 foot sheet of roofing copper and was printed on the monumental printing press at the AS220 Community Printshop in Providence, Rhode Island. With a ten-foot press bed, it is one of the largest presses of its kind and was necessary for expressing the unbroken stretch of sea and land that the piece emphasizes. Pouring on Jamestown was partially supported by a Visual Arts Sea Grant from the University of Rhode Island.

Carbon paper transfer drawing onto the copper plate

Carbon paper transfer drawing onto the copper plate

 

Drawing on the copper plate with the etching needle

Drawing on the copper plate with the etching needle

 

Wax dam built to trap ferric chloride poured in to etch the plate

Wax dam built to trap ferric chloride poured in to etch the plate

 

Spreading ink on the plate

Spreading ink on the plate

 

Wiping the plate

Wiping the plate

 

Allison Bianco and Lois Harada pulling the print

Allison Bianco and Lois Harada pulling the print

 

Tacking the print to dry

Tacking the print to dry

 

Pouring on Jamestown is currently on view in Providence, Rhode Island and at Cade Tompkins Projects; and a companion print, The Old Jamestown Bridge, which pictures the 2006 dynamite explosion of the 66-year-old, rickety Rhode Island landmark was selected by juror Dan Walsh for Innervisions: New Prints 2016 / Summer at IPCNY (International Print Center New York), on view, June 16 – September 24, 2016.

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