Rock Drawings represents Long’s first print series. Each of the screenprints is made from a photograph of an original rock rubbing, produced on an eight-day walk from the Rimrock area of the Mojave Desert in Southern California, in January 1994. The area is extremely dry and the landscape is studded with rocks and boulders. The dryness made it the perfect location for making rock rubbings. Richard Long has made walking into a form of sculpture. He has remarked that ‘A walk is a line of footsteps, a sculpture is a line of stones. They’re interchangeable and complementary. For me, walking can liberate the imagination. Through the rhythms of walking, sleeping, walking, sleeping, I can understand better the rhythms of nature’.
|Artist Description||Richard Long (born 2 June 1945) is an English sculptor, photographer and painter, and one of the best-known British land artists. Born in Bristol, Long studied at the University of the West of England's College of Art during 1962-65, then at St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London during 1966-68. Early on he established a pattern of marathon walks in remote areas from which he brings vestigial traces, such as stones, mud and driftwood, along with documentation such as maps and photographs, back to the studio to give landscapes a presence in the exhibition space. He has exhibited consistently over 40 years in Europe, the US and Japan and is the only artist to have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize four times, winning the award in 1989.|
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|Sheet Size||79 x 73.5cm|
|Sheet Size (Inches)||31 x 28.9in|
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Screenprint – three screens for each rock drawing printed on 300gsm VelinArches paper. From a series of 13 screenprints titled Rock Drawings published by The Paragon Press in 1994.
|Technique Pop ups||Also known as silkscreen. In its simplest form, this is a technique by which the artist blocks out a section of a fine, woven screen (formerly made of silk), which is stretched over a frame. With a squeegee, ink is pressed evenly through the screen on to a sheet of paper beneath. Only the areas of the screen not blocked out will be printed. The artist will use as many of these transparent sheets (separations) as the numbers of colours required in the print, and each sheet must be aligned very carefully with the others. The films are transferred on to the silkscreens via a light-sensitive process: only the areas which are painted by the artist will be blocked out and will not allow ink through.|
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