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The Moon & Six Cents - Limited Edition 8 of 10


United States

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Size: 11 H x 8.8 W x 0.1 in

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Art Description

Printmaking: Linocuts on Paper.

When I started this image I don't think the asteroid or even the coins were part of it. I think it was just the view of the moon when I was walking up Dawson Road one night, flipping a coin. Somehow Somerset Maugham's novel "The Moon and Sixpence," inspired by the life of Gauguin, got into it. I was working on my lecture on animation, "It's About Time," and thinking about the coming industrial collapse due to global warming, which is now pretty much locked in, especially after the recent U.S. election. I was also reading Sean Carroll's book about time, "From Eternity to Here" (which btw is the book I'm "sleep reading" in the print of that name). Carroll writes:

"We find ourselves, not as a central player in the life of the cosmos, but as a tiny epiphenomenon, flourishing for a brief moment as we ride a wave of increasing entropy from the Big Bang to the quiet emptiness of the future universe.“

And somehow I realized that even our destructivity is a part of that natural wave of entropy. That our cars, our oil wells, our bombs are all a part of nature. And that from the point of view of an alien watching us from a few light-years away, it wouldn’t make any difference whether the biosphere is destroyed by humans or by an asteroid. Both are natural phenomena, and the biosphere would be toast either way.

But the funny thing is, that sudden realization of your own insignificance, pulling the rug out from under your self-importance, can somehow be a source of inspiration for an artist. Why is that? Maybe because no matter how relative our reality may be, or how insignificant in some other, larger reality, it’s still real to us! Maybe it’s the reality of these precious, passing moments that inspires us! This thumb, these coins, that black crow, the asteroid, the moon and the white crow are all part of the same parabola.

From this image I made a painting, a watercolor and this print. It's a 3-color linocut, image 10 x 7 inches, sheet 11 x 8.5 inches. There are four left in the edition. I can ship them in a white or off-white mat, 14.5 x 12 inches.

The Criswell Linocut
I began these experiments with linoleum back in 1999. Although these prints may resemble etchings, drypoints, lithographs or some strange hybrid, they are true relief prints, printed in two or more colors from linoleum blocks. I didn't invent this technique - Picasso and his printer Arnera did - but I've adapted it to my own purposes and, since nobody else in the world is doing it as far as I know, I'm calling it "The Criswell Linocut." The two most important things about this technique is that (1) I cut the designs with a drypoint needle and (2) that I print the dark color first and the light color second. This enables me to draw my image directly on the key block, just as I would draw with a pen on paper, rather than cut away everything BUT the image as in traditional relief printmaking. For more info about this, checkout www.warrencriswell.com/linocuts.html.

Keywords: Penny, Crow, Linocut, Coins, Nickle, Asteroid, Moon

Subjects: Landscape

Styles: Fine Art, Realism

Mediums: Linocuts

Materials: Paper

Prints: Landscape Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Realism Art Prints, Linocuts Art Prints, Paper Art Prints

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