Look Again: The ACM Collection Inspires the Boston Printmakers

Art Complex Museum Exhibition, Duxbury, Massachusetts

May 17 – September 6, 2015

Birches and Pines
Birches and Pines
Michael David Boston MA 2015 Cliché-verre” 15 ¾” x 9 ¾” each My attraction to Daubigny’s print, “Effret de Nuit”, was for its subject matter and atmospheric tonality. Barbizon School artists like Corot and Daubigny captured romantic, dreamlike qualities in their landscapes that I share. The obscure technique that was used to make the print. Cliché-verre was a mid-nineteenth century hybrid of printmaking and early photography. Made originally on glass, a negative was made scratching lines through a light-resistant ground painted on the glass, which was then printed onto sensitized paper using sunlight. My adaptation uses Mylar and a light exposure unit to create a similar effect. The look of early photography has been an interest of mine that I have tried to reference in prints, paintings and drawings like this diptych, “Birches and Pines,” done after a trip to the Adirondacks.