Skeleton Images Tossed by Chance
Highpoint Editions publishes Carlos Amorales
Free gallery opening & reception: Friday, October 15 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm
On view: from October 15 – November 20, 2010
Highpoint Editions is delighted to announce its publication of new prints by artist Carlos Amorales. Based in Mexico City and well-known internationally, Amorales embraces a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to creating his art. Through processes such as painting, performance, animation and design, he samples images from his Liquid Archive, a collection of drawings that he has assembled over the past decade. This digital archive contains more than 1,500 vector-based drawings, which depict everything from birds and wolves to airplanes and digitized paint drips. Amorales cultivates the replication and reconfiguration of his archive through collaborations with composers, animators, designers and other artists. While working with Highpoint Editions, this strategy led to the production of wonderful new prints.
A triptych of Amorales’ prints created with HP Editions features white, gray and black variations on an all-over bird pattern; Amorales experimented with Mylar, photocopier toner and floor wax to create a matrix for these photo-based lithographs. While at Highpoint, he also explored relief printing: Amorales inked laser-cut plexi shapes based on his Liquid Archive and printed them on the etching press. He was so pleased with the results that he used this technique in multiple new works. Five prints feature different configurations of an eagle’s head from the Liquid Archive. The plexi plates, which are incised with lines and wiped intaglio-style, were also rolled with dark gray ink. The eagle shapes were then overlapped and printed up to 150 times per print to form meandering, abstract trails with subtle shifts in tone.
Another triptych juxtaposes additional shapes from Amorales’ Liquid Archive: a bird’s head on human feet, hawks on slender legs and a woman’s torso rocking precariously on two legs (here, the incised lines resemble delicate muslin fabric when printed). In other prints, Amorales incorporated color into four relief prints; after shaking a handful of plexi templates in a box, he let them fall on paper and printed them where they landed (in red, black and blue). Please join Highpoint on Friday, October 15 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm for the opening reception of his exhibition Skeleton Images Tossed by Chance at Highpoint. This event is free and open to the public.