It was a buzzy feeling, setting up my images, snacks and a few belongings in the Helen Frankenthaler Cottage. This was going to be the shortest residency I’d ever done. A single day.
When I arrived Saturday evening one of the print assistants gave me a tour, showed me deep drawers and bound stacks of paper, shelves to the ceiling with inks, and presses of all sizes. I plotted out horizons, gradients, mixed colors, marked drawings and played a bit before having a cozy dinner out with Center for Contemporary Print director and all-around mensch, Laura Einstein.
Who was at my door at 7:30 am with coffee and Turkish Breakfast? Ms. Einstein again. Seriously lovely.
I showed Chris my drawings and experiments and then watched him pop open a few more cans- more efficiently than I had the night before. Chris Shore was my collaborative printer assigned to help me print whatever I wanted during my Monoprint session at CCP. If these experimental prints turned out, one would be donated for the Monothon auction and fundraiser.
There were ink-resisting xeroxes, brayer-rolled gradients, cut templates and hand-painted edges galore. The drama always involved registration and the application of just-right-pressure. As you can see in this moment:
There are several excellent places in the NY metro area where you can have an edition printed. At the Center for Contempora