This artist’s proof of an etching by Di Falco is enhanced with watercolors and depicts a section of the his home city Camden, New Jersey. He employed the studio techniques of intaglio, aquatint, and drypoint on a zinc etching plate and developed the image in four Nitric acid baths. This hand printed work—executed on a Charles Brand industrial printing press made in New York City—was printed with oil base etching inks on RivesBFK white paper, both manufactured in France. The print size is about 11 by 15 inches and comes in a frame and archival mat about 12 by 16 inches. The etching was trimmed and mounted on another piece of RivesBFK white paper. Di Falco published and printed the work at Fleisher Art Memorial’s Center For Works On Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of their OPEN STUDIO IN PRINTMAKING. Fleisher Art School is associated with The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
NARRATIVE: Admiral Wilson Boulevard, a two-mile section of U. S. Route 30, opened in 1926 in Camden, New Jersey. It was the first “auto strip” in the United States, originally called Bridge Approach Boulevard, until being renamed in 1929 The Rear Admiral Henry Braid Wilson was a Camden native who had served in the Spanish-American and First World Wars. The road had a noteworthy bearing on the development of the South Jersey suburbs and Camden City in the twentieth century. The area even included the first drive-in movie theater in the world.
The artist states that, “My mother shot this photo in 1960 from her car. It illustrates how the lack of urban planning creates an environment devoid of beauty.”
Kitsch, New Jersey, Camden City, 1960, Pollution, Urban Disasters, Highways, Bars, Neon, Original Mixed Media, Cityscape Mixed Media