English Eccentrics [Dye Transfer Print] 1991
English Eccentrics – 16 x 20 Dye Transfer Print
30 x 23 frame with plexiglass all archival framing
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Original image taken in 1986 at my downtown Los Angeles studio for a store on Melrose Ave. Captured on 2 1/4 plus X film, this image was then printed on 4×5 Kodalith film in Dektol and subjected to post production aging. Created for my 1991 Dye Transfer exhibit in Cann France. (Midem)
Dye transfer print – a chemical photographic printing process that creates a full-color print by the use of three color separations, each controlling a layer of dye. The Eastman Kodak Company. In 1994 Kodak discontinued a special film called Pan Matrix Film which I needed to make this kind of print.
These are the “real ones” my fine Art that has traveled, hung, and been seen “Shipped from L.A. to New York” and places between.
As careful as we are here – Frame or plexiglass may show light signs of having been out in the world and lived…
Back in the day, there was a great shop on Hollywood’s Melrose Avenue called English Eccentrics. I don’t think they had a slogan, but it should have been Serving All Your Vinyl and Leather Needs.
They gave me a long chain and let me run. In return, I gave them an image that is still one of my personal favorites. I look at this now and see bits of Man Ray, plus touches that draw from both the Dada and Surrealist movements.
Of special note: the staining was accomplished with a single cup of very strong black coffee. Sure you could get close with Photoshop(as it was just released version 1.0), but no software will ever be able to stand up to a nice hot Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.