There are different types of lithographs. The more commercial version was printed on aluminum plates and tinted the memories of many Gen X children in the form of dictionaries, atlases and book plates.
The fine art version of the printing process uses soft stone to parse out oily and inky spaces to an awaiting piece of absorbent paper. This technique was the gold standard for artistic prints, able to transfer smudges and watercolor-like images to a series of prints without losing fine detail like what was found on etched copper plates.
Underwood typewriter on an armature
Self Preservation is a bronze sculpture in process currently that uses a 1922 Underwood portable typewriter together with eight bronze tentacles. Once I saw video of octopi walking on two legs, I knew I had to produce a sculpture that borrowed from the amusing, amazing motion of a cephalopod strolling on the ocean floor. Also I wanted to use this motion to communicate egress, the feeling that says, "I'm outta here", or moving on to something better.
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