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Artwork DescriptionThis print depicts interaction between a fish form and a bird form, rendered in print with the appearance of scratchings through deep black space.
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Artist StatementThe suite is a narrative set of images dealing with a salmon and a raven. The set is a creation story of sorts. The two animals are archetypal in these prints and take various forms as they act and interact with each other. They have forms. They are shadows. They are reflections. They wear each other's shapes. They eat each other purposefully or because they are blind. They mate and spawn together. They give birth. They exist together as dances of bones. These drawings are unique to my way of working. They are a reversal of the way I have always drawn and to that end I consider them fresh and full of ongoing possibilities. The drawings were made by scratching with needles, razor blades, serrated objects and sandpaper through a layer of autographic ink which had been brushed on lithographic stones. This technique is known as *manier noir* or *black manner*. There are few examples of it due in part to the meticulous nature of the work and the great difficulty in printing. All examples are very small, seldom larger than 10 x 10 [inches]. Notable examples are the lithographs of Redon and Bresden during the late 19th century and Rouault and Picasso during the 20th century. (Boyden, 1995).
LC SubjectPrintmakers
Prints -- Technique
Lithography -- Printing
Folk art
Narrative art
AAT Subjectprintmaking
color lithographs
CreatorBoyden, Frank
About the ArtistFrank Boyden was born 1942, in Portland, OR. He attended Yale University, School of Art, achieving a M.F.A. and B.F.A., in Painting, 1968. In 1965, he attended Colorado College, where he received a B.A. in Art.
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Award Date(s)1995
Artwork Measurementsvarious sizes; 11.5 x 17 inches and 14.5 x 17 inches
Materials/Techniqueall prints color lithographs printed on RIVES BFK white paper
Source Formatdigital photograph
Artwork SiteEugene Oregon. University of Oregon. Knight Library
Locationfirst floor, east hallway
Site Address1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene Oregon
CountyLane County, Oregon
Image Processing HistoryDigital file enters Photoshop CS2 in RAW format. Photoshop used to convert RAW file to 8 bit RGB. Archived tiff is saved. Photoshop used to reorient and crop image, set and neutralize shadow and highlight point, adjust contrast. Second production tiff saved. Color profile converted from Adobe RGB (1998) to sRGB, resolution set to 125 dpi and longer length resized to 875 pixels. Display jpeg saved after resizing.
RightsCopyright is retained by the artist or author. All rights reserved.
ContributorsUniversity of Oregon Libraries; Oregon Arts Commission
PublisherUniversity of Oregon Libraries
Digital Collection TitleUniversity of Oregon. Libraries. Oregon Public Percent for Art Digital Collection.
Contributing InstitutionContributing Institution
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