It has been a busy two or so weeks since the last post. The weekend before Memorial Day, my wife and I were in North Carolina for a wedding of two of her college friends and the few days before that and afterwards were full from finals and grading. But, this past friday and today were productive days in the studio working towards the final product for Stephen Evans and last Tuesday I met with my next collaborator.
It is looking very likely the next edition will be produced in collaboration with a friend, Stephen Lambert. He is a friend from high school that I reconnected with once I moved back to the DC area and he works for a local security software company as a computer engineer. We met and discussed the needs and possibilities of an edition and what could be the outcome of the process. He seemed very interested and already has a bit of a creative side with his programming and own drawings. Stephen has for the past few years competed in a few limited time game programming challenges and has always had an interest in seeing how code becomes visualized with different programs and processes. So though it is not definite, it is likely that will be part of the direction we go with the work. As for process, that is very much up in the air, but I am personally interested in seeing what can be done with programming and controlling the laser cutter or CNC router.
As for the current edition, I met with Stephen Evans today in the studio to go over the color swatches I pulled and see what reds he was interested in for the second layer. Along with checking out the colors, Stephen drew out the image on a pronto plate for the second layer. This red will be printed over top the initial first photographic image, creating a conceptual impression into the original image and paper with the next layer of ink. I ordered aper and inks today with the intention of being in the shop in the next week or two to mix up a batch of red for printing and then to finish off the edition. With this edition possible ending in the next few weeks and the next scientist edition possible taking more time to get started. I am considering asking another artist to create an edition this summer, as I will have the time to invest in it verse during the school year. I’ll post as soon as I know whether it will be on or not.
Check out the images below of the swatches, proofs and Stephen drawing the second plate.