Tonight is the opening of Miniprint 14, the annual printmaking show/exchange/fundraiser at the Alvin Gittins Gallery, The University of Utah. This is the fifth year I’ve been invited to participate. After the first year, I decided to re-use and re-configure the same elements. 1:4 marks the third year I’ve used the red, black, and metallic silver color palette.
The first run of 1:4 is a photopolymer plate that I permanently mounted to MDF to make a re-usable, moveable block.
Comparing the placement of the first run (metallic silver) to the marked-up digital comp.
My favorite Van Sons Dutch Fireball (Pantone 185) is the fourth press run. The three type high blocks include a 4 pica wood type circle, a 24 point metal type circle and 15 pica wavy brass rule, all locked-up on the Vandercook SP-15.
I love how the red pops, bringing the print to life.
The fifth and final lock-up is the most difficult. Registration of the thin brass rules and tiny black circles (three 24 point Spartan Medium periods) is crucially tight. The complexity is compounded by canting one of the brass rules using angled wood type furniture.
The numbered edition is 65 prints, plus artist’s proofs. See the full print, along with my miniprints from previous years, on my website. If you can’t make it to the Gittins Gallery for the sale (December 4–6), contact me for purchase information.