From the Don Widmer Gallery
From the Don Widmer Gallery
Title: Chicago River Bridge No. 8 (South Loop), framed: handmade abaca paper with pulp painting (2014), item 169.04
Description: The inspiration for this artwork was a series of handmade paper windows which I created for Art on Track Chicago 2011, a mobile art gallery which took place on a CTA elevated train and at Built Festival Chicago 2011. This image is pulp-painted onto handmade and pigmented abaca paper. Abaca is a species of banana native to the Philippines. Fiber from the trunk of this plant is used to create this thin, translucent paper. While the recently formed sheet is still wet, a series of stencils is placed over it and finely beaten cotton fiber (pigmented various shades) is sprayed onto the abaca sheet. After pressing and drying, the image becomes part of the sheet of paper itself, a handmade paper work of art. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting. Pulp painting architectural imagery on handmade paper has allowed me to explore the paradox between material and subject matter, described by one curator as “the ethereal nature of the medium married with the hardness of contemporary architecture.” This abandoned derelict lift bridge can be seen looking south of Roosevelt Road over the south branch of the Chicago River. Built in 1930 by the American Bridge Co. (New York) and the Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. (Chicago), this type of bridge is a heel trunnion bascule bridge, developed by Joseph Strauss of Golden Gate Bridge fame. A bascule bridge has a pivoting section that is raised and lowered with counterweights. The alternately inverted equilateral triangles seen in the bridge’s design use compression and tension to bear heavy loads. This triangular design is called a Warren truss. I created this paper artwork at Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland. This paper is pH neutral and archival. The museum glass provides UV protection. Although the pigmented color is more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. The unique wood frame resembles steel rebar and beautifully compliments the artwork. The color is dark gray. The artwork is floated on top of an archival mat which highlights the paper's deckle edges. Non-glare and UV resistant museum quality glass highlights the fibrous texture of the handmade paper. Comes with a one-sheet, brief description of the artwork. Artwork Size: 22.5 x 31.5 inches (approximate); 57.2 x 80 cm. Frame Size: 29 x 38 inches; 74 x 97 cm. Package weight = 8 lb.; 3.6 kg.; shipping/handling includes packaging cost and insurance.
Color: black, gray
Finish: Matted & Framed
Dimensions: 38 inches wide, 29 inches tall, 2 inches as its depth