Craig Mains

Craig Mains You-Assemble Zoetrope

Storm Surge and Oil Rig   U-Assemble Zoetrope
Medium  Mixed Media 
size 11" x 12" x 11"

Flood Channel (ghost 2) detail
  laser cut monotype - image size 20” x 15”

Craig Mains

I'm usually making images of things that have gone awry typically by natural causes or human miscalculation. Large man-made objects and proscribed spaces appear to me as attractors of natural malaise: bridges beckon rivers to swell and wash out, trailer parks are tornado magnets, golf courses want to be struck by lightning and off shore oil platforms are asking for a storm surge.

Recent prints include a series of U-assemble prints, one diorama and several zoetrope monotypes. The zoetrope is an early cinematic device, a cylinder with sequential images positioned between slots. When the cylinder is spun, an animation is revealed. These prints are laser-cut so one could pop the images out and insert their tabs into matching slots to create a 3D print. Each of the images are based on a mishap involving a circular spin like that of a zoetrope.

Craig Mains is director and exhibit and publication designer for The Ink Shop Printmaking Center. He received a BFA in photography from Cleveland Institute of Art and studied printmaking while working for the main research library at Cornell University.


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