Bill Ritchie's art in Washington State
Walter Parsons Collection
Actual photo of Walter's impression unavailable,
may vary from the above but this is a facsimile.
Little Spaceship Crash
Provenance: 1977. Print. Intaglio, relief, stencil, litho. Ochre, red, blue, black, gray. Image 12 X 9 in on 15 X 11 3/4 in Van Gelder Zonen (natural, buff) paper. No. 2/14/77IIIT/P10. Signed lower right.
About Walter Parsons: When we first met Walter was with KCTS-TV, Seattle's Public Television station, serving as COO, where he had a 15-year career. Most reently is Senior Associate at BMR Associates and Management Consulting Consultant, and is active on many non-profit boards with a focus on book arts and small press, such as Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, WA.
Ritchie's Comment: Spanning two years of development and about 75 impressions, Little Spaceship Crash was the seed for a larger work. These came out of the movie, Planet of the Apes. I like to tell the story about the path flown by the helicopter filming it, and then my entry into computers graphics and how I learned the X-Y-Z of IT. This print was test of methods I would need for a larger version, then the tests resulted in an edition that stood on its own.
Institutions and corporate collections: Art Planning Consultants, New York, NY; Baker University, Baldwin, KS; Landau/Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles CA;Oregon Arts Commission; Bill Mally Collection, University of Washington IMS, Seattle, WA; Norton Building, Seattle, WA; Teller Training Institute, Seattle, WA; United Pacific Reliance Corporation, CA; USIA Tokyo, Japan.
Exhibitions: Anne Hughes Gallery, Portland, OR; Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA; Kiku Gallery, Seattle, WA; Silvermine Guild of Arts, New Canaan, CT; US Information Agency, Tokyo Japan; Visual Arts Center, Anchorage, AK
Provenance: 1988. Screen print, 3 colors. Black, green (inks number more as sheens vary). Image 17 X 25 1/4 in on 22 X 30 in Arches 88. Signed lower right. Collections of over 50 members of CD/I Publisher's Club individuals, museums and corporations and Artist's Family.
Ritchie's comment: "I selected two images that showcased my use of computer graphics in their creation, and added them to C. T. Chew's brainchild--a four print portfolio of our work to finance the CD/I project launch. The Dreamer came from 36 Views of the Locus of Beauty. Mike Peterson printed this one and gave me the shiny-black-on--dull-black I wanted to make the otherwise static image 'live' as I move around the print. The acid green is from the first CRT displays that came with my first Apple II computer.
Provenance: 1988. Screen print. Eight colors: Black, silver, yellow-green, red, green and interference sheen colors. Image 17 X 25 in. on 22 X 30 Arches' 88. Signed lower right. Collections of fifty members of the CD/I Publisher's Club and the Artist's family & Fine Print Studios.
Ritchie's comment: "C. T. Chew conceived a plan to finance our joint venture into CD-based publishing. Art Student was our vision, a disk to contain 'everything an art student needs'. We contacted our patrons, friends and corporations. We raised the money we needed to buy equipment and research materials, tuition and some living expenses. Lunar Concerns started out as an Apple II dot-matrix print, and went through several metamorphoses. I have shown these prints numerous times and they have given me many rewarding experiences and developed relationships nationally."
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