Bill Ritchie's art in Washington State
David Bethlahmy Collection
Locus and the Sea Squares
Provenance: 1982. Intaglio, and relief print. Blue, gray, red-orange and black on 21 1/2 X 15 in. papers, 29 X 20 1/2 in. Japanese paper. No.141, from variable edition of 141 prints. Signed lower right.
Comment: This print is from a series of 141 trial proofs and artist's proofs in "cycles" of around 15 each, and each in a different color combination. I made them in the processes of cyanotype, woodcut, and intaglio techniques. This one was the last in the edition and was the subject of the video (now on DVD); I gave it to David for his constant support of the poster project based on the series. The images are from three sources: A map of the Colorado River, at the Crossing of the Fathers; the leaf shape I call locus--the path of a moving point (drawn to establish data in a computer program); Finally, The Great Wave was drawn from the famous print by Hokusai."
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