These prints date from my middle college years until the mid-90's. I'm being a bit arbitrary in dividing this batch of prints from the ones I called "newer prints" the newest of the old and the oldest of the new may be only weeks apart. I do feel there are stylistic similarities among these that set them apart from the "new" and vice versa. Besides, I had to draw the line somewhere, didn't I?
With only a few exceptions, the media is oil based relief ink. The technique used is called "Styrofoam block, reduction printing." It is very similar to woodblock printing, but a block of Styrofoam (usually a recycled meatpacking tray) is used in place of wood. Reduction printing is a technique that allows printing in color using a single block. Starting with a fresh, uncut block, I print the first color. I then cut, gouge or trim the block to reduce the surface area, and print a different color on top of the first. Each cut area allows the earlier color to show through. I prefer to print each color while the previous color is still wet. This allows the colors to mix on the paper and achieve some very interesting, unpredictable, results. This also makes it very difficult to print in editions (multiple, identical images). I use each block to print many different variations of the same basic image, as you will see below.
Click on any of the thumbnails below for a closer look. Another window will open with a larger image in it.
This section is a little sparse right now. I have quite a lot of prints for this page, but I still need to make digital photographs of many of them.
All images ©2001 by Christopher Setlock