I have been obsessed with the simplicity of the square from my earlier days as a practicing architect. I realised then that most buildings inevitably need to expand, to grow in a natural way, where the expanded structure retained an expression of entity. Various efforts at realising this necessity led me to developing a multi-cellular system of building based on a square – the most logical structural form, capable of expansion equally on all four sides, capable of expansion horizontally and vertically, capable of creating ever evolving space as expressed by Max Bill in his teachings at the Bauhaus. This theory was applied to the design for Galway University using concrete structure and with steel structure in the design of the Carroll Cigarette Factory at Dundalk, now adapted for educational use by the Dundalk Institute of Technology. The Carroll building expresses the freedom possible within the discipline of a rigid structural logic. This obsession with the square has inadvertently persisted within my more abstract drawings, allowing me extraordinary freedom of expression with the discipline of the square. It allows me to explore within very definite limits. This set of images is from a series based on four squares.
Ronnie Tallon, 2013
Plate: 38.5 x 38.5cm
Sheet: 59.5 x 57cm
Edition of 50
The Crossing and Passage Through are a pair of striking new prints created by Sara Lee in collaboration with Stoney Road Press.
The novel mix of woodblock and polymer intaglio etching creates a series of delicate layers of ink, making full use of woodgrain which becomes an integral part of how the image works. The wood itself has been carefully selected to suggest, for instance, a fast moving sky, a rolling mist or the gentle rippling of water.
The images are contemplative and tranquil in mood, suggesting a quality of trancendence acknowledged by the artist in their titles.
Medium: Woodblock and Intaglio
Image: 42 x 59.5cm
Paper: 58 x 72.5cm
The text, by Paul Muldoon, is hand-printed letterpress and the book contains eight original etchings by the artist Rita Duffy. Hand-bound with a matching slipcase, this special edition will be limited to 150 copies and each numbered copy will be signed by the writer and artist.
Commissioned by the Honourable Irish Society, the cantata will be performed with music by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, as part of the 2013 Derry-Londonderry City of Culture celebrations.
The next 20 books are available at the price of 750 euros each.
The published price will be 1,250 euros
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'These two Intaglio prints, Insomnia and Bardo, produced with Stoney Road Press in 2012, are from a series of new works made in consideration of states of in-between-ness. The specific intaglio processes engaged with at Stoney Road, incorporating light-sensitive materials in a dark-room process brought ultimately through tradition-infused printmaking techniques, have helped clarify a number of very specific attitudes towards the theme which none of the other studio activities with which I engage, painting, sculpture and drawing, could otherwise achieve.'
Medium: Intaglio and carborundum
Plate size: 38.6 x 29.9cm
Paper: German Etching 300g
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