Hunter Buck | New Petrographics 2019 Kahn Family Fellow



New Petrographics seeks to develop a new relationship between printmaking and place.  In contrast to the objective distance and grand romantic visions of much landscape painting these pieces are firmly rooted in the soil from which they are made.  Physical collaboration with raw material merges with more emotional reminiscence to create images which evidence the duality of our experience with natural places.

Utilizing forms, patterns, and impressions taken from the local geology and foliage, this series of intaglio and monotype prints implement a variety of mark making techniques such as drypoint, line etching, aquatint, mezzotint, engraving, and flatbite etching.  Shaped intaglio plates are cut out with a jewelry saw and printed with negative space surrounding the image. These prints reflect inspiration from distinct materials and abstract rock formations that are unique to the this particular landscape.

Observation, touch, process, and physical engagement coalesce in my prints to form a dialogue with abstraction, realism, and place.  New Petrographics serves as an experiential collection, illuminating moments of artistic clarity inspired by specific sites and moments of contact.

The Ink Shop awards the Kahn Family Fellowship to an emerging printmaker who shows promise and dedication to the world of printmaking. At the end of their tenure at The Ink Shop, the fellow is given a solo show, an opportunity to show us, and the public what they have been working on over the past year.

 This program is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

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