Aaaaaah: nothin’ like the smell of fresh ink in the morning….well, at least not for a printmaker. When you get just the right tone to glide and buff just perfectly over just the right image that was etched just as desired onto a finicky plate– yes, that’s amore. Practical Art’s featured visual artist for June, David Higgins, can attest to that. And for him, what’s desired from each print changes with each round of curiosity. As visible in his series “wire(d)”, sometimes he seeks a thick saturation of vividly-colored ink to activate a striking abstraction, and other times it’s subtle shifts in gradation to create a closer representation of reality. Take a gander behind the scenes at this multi-step precision process:
Make sure to see his work in person during the month of June at Practical Art! This First Friday, June 6th, is the artist reception from 7p-9p where Higgins will be on hand to talk about the different printing techniques employed in a series exploring the complexities of connection and communication in a desert metropolis.