April 17 2019//
This month I’ve been experimenting with test prints on acrylic for forthcoming London Group LG@KCC exhibition at Kensington & Chelsea College, Hortensia Road, London, May 2019. I will be showing a large image from recent Blender 3d Vertictecture series.
Images from Vertitecture series use complex 3d structures populated with visuals downloaded from online searches for disparate contemporary themes such as *fake news* *Ebay kitsch* *global protests*. They were also created using a combination of diffuse and transparent surface textures so I’m looking at how the resulting varied transparencies can work best with the clear acrylic media – The idea being to take the image off the screen to a medium that has screen-like qualities and exploits artificial light or daylight, and integrates that into the work.
In the first test (above) I tried out various gradient masks in image editing software before printing in order to make selected areas more transparent. However, it turned out that the image files could be printed without editing and the full range of transparency variations reproduced perfectly as faithful to the original image (below)
From the test print results, I also noticed that there can be an interesting random unpredictability in that sometimes solid white areas of the image print as totally transparent, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when the full-scale print is completed.
The final print will be 85 cm x 85 cm x 1 cm acrylic and mounted away from the wall by using wall posts to give the appearance of a suspended image.