"Traveling the Steel Bridge" - Portland, Oregon original art, 13"x30" hand-pulled, photographic etching print the Steel Bridge.
This piece shows 3 angles of the Steel Bridge from the Eastside Esplanade, the Burnside Bridge, and the Westside Esplanade...fully seeing the multimodal functionality. It is the only bridge that supports cars, trains, bicycles, and pedestrians. The faded views of the vertical lifts are ghosts of the East and Westside perspectives. This pieces allows you to feel you are traveling from one side to the other seeing how the perspectives shifts.
To make my photographic montage etchings, I start by taking photos of buildings and signs I want to use, then I compose my scenes on the computer creating a photomontage, fitting the most culturally significant objects together like a puzzle into a cohesive scene.
To make the etching plates, I use a polymer photogravure technique to translate the photographic elements into printed form and then combine several plates into a single scene. I ink the plates with Akua water-based ink, and print them on Rives BFK cotton-based paper. Each square in the artwork is a different plate. It all comes together when I run the final through on an etching press – pictured above.
Each print is numbered, hand signed, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Limited Edition of 50
# Plates: 7
Technique: Polymer Photogravure
Prints are shipped in a sturdy roll and shipping includes insurance.
I have one available that is framed for $600. It is in a minimal black frame to not compete with the image. The framed print is available for pickup. Message me if you are interested.
Materials: photo polymer plates, camera, etching press, computer, water based ink, cotton based archival paper, solarplate.