Jun 032011

Those who caught a post in November on my work with Anne Vibeke Mou will have had a glimpse into one of the areas of digital imaging I enjoy the most.

To my mind, scanning paintings and drawings at very high resolution, in order to produce an Archival Pigment Print, is one of the real opportunities to let the digital medium sing.

When presented with a pencil drawing, such as this piece by Liam Murray, I see it as the ultimate challenge to ensure that the print I make is extremely difficult to differentiate from the original.

Liam Murray Caravan

Liam Murray | Caravan

Scanned in ten parts on my Fuji Lanovia, I set about painstakingly stitching the elements together. No mean feat with so much detail and texture.

However, my workflow has been refined time and again over many years in order to perfectly achieve a truly seamless result.

Liam Murray Caravan

Detail from the 1.1GB Digital File

Making the final print with my HP DJz3200 on Hahnemühle Museum Etching 350gsm caps off the entire process with aplomb…

Liam Murray Caravan

Signature | Detail from the Archival Pigment Print

Liam Murray Caravan

Ladder | Detail from the Archival Pigment Print

This piece of Liam’s is undoubtedly quirky and he explains it for us here:

“The piece is called Caravan. I finished it in 2010. It’s a little anecdote on human endeavour. I like the metaphor of a dwelling built on a scaffold, an impossible scaffold. It’s a laborious and spectacular choice, with unclear motive and likely failure. Despite this, on paper at least, it exists.

“I enjoy finding these ironies and tensions in life. Sometimes the endeavour succeeds despite utter negligence, other times rigid efficiency results in disaster. Nothing in life is certain, but a desire to make sense of it persists.

“I have long been fascinated with the idea of the fluke, and the unpredictability of life. Stories of catastrophes and lucky escapes are reminders of how fragile we can be yet how optimistic we remain. My aim is to depict scenes inspired by that tension and irony. “Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.” This to me is a grand and playful paradox that might offer an insight into the root of my drawing.”

Liam Murray Caravan

Buckets | Detail from the Archival Pigment Print

Liam Murray Caravan

Ladder | Detail from the Archival Pigment Print

  2 Responses to “Liam Murray | Caravan”

  1. Clever work… both Liam’s drawing and Jack’s process of creating the print.

  2. Glad you like the work, John, and thank you for your kind words. JL

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