Intersection, Limited Edition 1 of 5 Art Print by Iskra Johnson

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Art Description

Printmaking: Digital, New Media, Manipulated, Charcoal on Paper, Canvas.

Limited Edition Fine Art Print
"Intersection," Edition of 5
Image size 34 x 24 with 3" unprinted border

This print is part of a series inspired by listening to music. This particular piece was visualized during a concert played by guitarist Bill Frisell and the debut of his album Big Sur. I wrote about the experience on my blog and then went home and created work in response:

"So often when I go to live music I stand at the end, I clap and I leave, and as I walk out of the theater I cannot recall one note, just a vague blur of feeling. As I listened to Bill Frisell and his Big Sur Sextet something else happened. Even as my mind ran into the high meadows, the soaring skies and the surf of this very particular place I could hear with a second ear the jazzness of it, which has its own narrative that lives in no place at all except this exact moment. I could see each note as a shape and a color colliding and riding with the others. Tone shapes and weavings and world-weary minor bending to reliable blue. The sudden shock of melody, but unsure of what that would look like, so very viola it was. My vision tripped and refused to picture: perhaps melody, the one singable memory, is incense after all, or smoke. But snare and drum and brush and repeated incantation, I could see this...." (

The work is composed from black and white charcoal drawings that are deconstructed, colorized and re-composed in imaging software, then printed on rag paper as a limited edition print. By starting with hand made black and white imagery I returned to my own roots in music studying jazz piano, violin and guitar and learning the black and white notation, the scales, the structure of music first. Only after really knowing structure can I go wild with the color of improvisation and melody.

This artwork may also be commissioned by special order on canvas or face-mount acrylic.



Intersection, Limited Edition 1 of 5

Iskra Johnson

United States


Size: 30 W x 40 H x 0.1 in

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