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Printmaking: Etching, Mezzotint, Oil, Ink, Paper on Paper, Other.
This etching was created with the techniques of intaglio and drypoint. The image was inspired by a still from the 1927 silent German film METROPOLIS. I etched the work on two separate zinc plates, which each measured four inches high by five inches wide, or 10.160 cm by 12.700cm; therefore, the overall visual image measures eight inches high by five inches wide. The etchings plates are plated simultaneously on the printing press to create this “Etched Diptych”. The paper or print size is about twelve inches by ten inches wide, or 30.480cm by 25.400cm. Four separate nitric acid baths were required for me to be satisfied with the final etched design. I hand printed this work in 2017 at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, which is part of Fleisher Art Memorial’s Campus and in their program entitled, THE OPEN STUDIO IN PRINTMAKING. This is a print from the LAST Edition of Four Editions; each edition is limited to only five prints and is executed in different colors of ink on different papers.
The 1927 film by Fritz Lang, METROPOLIS, is one of the finest examples of German Expressionist cinema; it contributed innovative levels of art to the future history of filmmaking. This marathon work blends science fiction with religion and politics and takes place in the future year of 2026 C.E.; the work examines a larger than life urban environment ruled by billionaire industrials and corporate kings. The ingenious sets were heavily influenced by the artistic movements of Futurism, Cubism, and Bauhaus. The script, which was written by Lang and his wife, Thea von Harbou; the film features Gustav Frohlich, Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, and Alfred Abel. The poetically gothic special effects, like the sets, were unlike shown previously in the cinema.
THIS PRICE INCLUDES THE MATTED ETCHING IN AN ARCHIVAL MAT; A GLASS & WOOD FRAME (Type – Edge/ Semi-Ornate) 11 INCHES BY 14 INCHES WIDE, COLOR - BLACK); ALL HANDLING COSTS; SHIPMENT COSTS; CARDBOARD SHIPMENT CARTON; BUBBLE WRAP/PACKING MATERIALS; AND, CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY. The work is wired and ready to hang. Framing includes a brown craft paper backing. A wall hook and nail are included.
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