In this macabre work, Di Falco combines the genres of printmaking and painting. His artist proof of this black ink on white RivesBFK paper etching, executed in the studio processes of intaglio and aquatint, was adapted from an albumen print created between 1865 -1886, artist unknown. This early photograph is from the A. D. White Architectural Photographs Collection, Cornell University Library. It represents a detail from the bas relief sculpture of THE LAST JUDGEMENT on the portal of the Cathedral Saint-Entienne in Bourges, France, built 1190-1275.
The original title of Di Falco’s silver ink on black paper etching was, HOW IT ALL ENDS IN BLACK AND SILVER. There is an optical illusion in this etching that requires the viewer to stand away from the work. This illusion translates into a winter landscape of barren, snow-coated trees reflected in a flowing stream’s water. The etching won FIRST PRIZE in printmaking at the NAKED IN NEW HOPE Exhibition 2014 at SIDETRACKS GALLERY in New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA.
The artist began to enhance his etched artist’s proofs after losing access to his etching studio a half year ago because of the viral crisis. He hopes to return to his studio after Labor Day of 2020. The media includes etching ink, RivesBFK white paper mounted on three pieces of Stonehenge black paper, gouache, pulverized mica, gold dust, and Windsor Newton watercolors. Di Falcos hand printed etching--executed on two individual zinc plates--was created on a Brand press, industrial floor model made in New York City. All work was done at Fleisher Art School’s Center for Works on Paper, located at 705 Christian Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Di Falco placed the etching plates side by side on the press simultaneously to produce one image with a separating space. Each plate measures 5 inches high by 7 inches wide, making the etched image 5 inches high by 14 inches wide. The print size is about 10 inches high by 18 inches wide. NOTE This work ships to the collector with a frame and mat. The frame measures about 26 inches long by 12 inches high.
France, Intaglio, Aquatint, Gouache, Original Painting, Architecture Painting