Canto V , 1-9, 1997


Etching / lithograph / heliorelief woodblock

9 Prints: Each measures 47" x 31"

Edition of 20

This work is signed and dated on recto.

$30,000 - $40,000

About The Work

In 1996, Partenheimer completed a group of fourteen drawings on paper entitled Canto IV. Drawings of an intimate nature, small, marked by erasure, they were later considerably enlarged to form the basis of a series of abstract multimedia prints, Canto V, which the artist created at Graphicstudio in 1997.

The nine vertical prints of Canto V are an experience in blue, a kind of high alpine blue that is spiritual and earthly at one time. The black or white drawings contain, or float within, or are under, the blueness that is as transparent and individually marked with swirls and mottles as a watercolor painting. Within this fluid extent, blocks of tonally consistent blue recede and come forward, and constellations of fingerprints drift. Each element is so finely pitched in shape, color and tone, as to be in continuous struggle to resolve a balance with the others. With the prints torn to the edges of the imagery, shorn of clues, it is difficult to discern exactly how the works of art were made.

This multimedia series combines etching, lithography and heliorelief woodblock in each print. Within this richness, he limited his vocabulary to several visual units of each: six heliorelief blocks with Canto IV drawings, three lithographic plates with different configurations of large blocks of color, three softground etching plates, and three plates etched with spitbite/aquatint. Freely combined within a structure, the variations create nine comprehensive and clearly related prints. 

Courtesy of Graphicstudio/USF

About Jürgen Partenheimer

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