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Jerry Morin Collection

Cyanotype 1981 Poster

Provenance: Six-color offset lithograph. Tones of blue, overprinted with transparent gloss yellow process PMS inks on white 165 lb Warren Patina pH Neutral paper. 40 X 24 3/4 in.

Artist's comment: "Though this poster was printed by offset litho, we made the plates from hand drawn masters. To create the blended colors I worked with the plate maker and printer plus I mixed the inks. Three sources make the image: A map of the Colorado River, a leaf-like diagram I used for computer animation and the famous woodblock print by Hokusai titled The Great Wave . . .  I  was influenced by cartography, computer technology and Japanese culture and also names of my family and studio mates.

"I met Jerry when he was helping me and my students in the video studios at the University of Washington. He was one of the engineers on the staff at Instructional Media Services. When I published the big blue poster, he was among the staff people who wanted one. I saw him about twenty years later and asked him how it was holding up. "Fine," he said, "It's still hanging in my place!"

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