Stoney Road Press will launch 'Lake Eden' by Blaise Drummond in May 2016 at the London Original Print Fair in the Royal Academy, London.
Lake Eden was based on a building that was part of the campus of Black Mountain College, an experimental liberal arts college in North Carolina. Open for just 24 years from 1933 to 1957, it played an important role in the development of Modernism in America.
The college was associated with pivotal figures such as Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, Josef and Anni Albers, Rauschenberg, Walter Gropius and Merce Cunningham. The history of the college is now preserved through the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Centre located nearby. The buildings sit amongst woodland around Lake Eden and were constructed by students and faculty with collaborative input on the design from Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer.
Each individual window pane on the building has been applied by hand, with each colour having its own name. These names refer to the abstract design on the cover of a 1964 Bantham edition of J.D. Salinger's 'Nine Stories'. The short stories have titles such as 'Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut', 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish' and 'Just Before the War with the Eskimos'. In making the edition in the studio, the individual colours came to be referred to as Bananafish and Uncle Wiggily, Eskimos and so on.
Finally, the small plant which sits floating in space is the 'Greater Stitchwort', an indigenous plant to to Ireland which flowers in ditches and hedges in the spring time. The tiny piece of red tape which 'holds' the plant to the page is an additional collage detail, and even has a minute crimp to allow for the 'stem'. It is typical of the artist's love of visual puns and the dialogue in his work between the real and the represented.
'Lake Eden' is an intaglio print with applied collage details, in an edition of 40. It is available from Stoney Road Press at a pre-publication price of €2,000 for the first 10 impressions from the edition.
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