Updated: March 17, 2013|
Luminograms by Jon Lybrook are paintings done on light-sensitive graphics art film with photochemistry. The work is then either backlit-illuminated, or printed using archival inkjet methods. The work is also printed using traditional intaglio printmaking techniques as monoprints.
"It is primarily a meditative and organic process of doing what Stan Brakhage called 'gardening'." Jon Lybrook said. "I start with a blank piece of ortho-chromatic film used in old-school graphic arts, under standard room lighting. I then work on a light table built into my darkroom sink and 'paint' on the film. Fixer dissolves the silver, while developer converts it into an opaque, metallic substance. There is also the added effect of chromoskedasic 'light scattering' that occurs where the illusion of color appears in the work."
"I'll spend anywhere from 20-30 minutes creating a piece and throw out about 80% of them. The ones that have the most promise get placed between glass and backlit, scanned to digital and printed as inkjets, or, if I really love working with the image, I create a polymer plate from it". Lybrook went on to say "The polymer plate of the image is then hand-wiped with locally applied, color ink, oil-based inks and printed on a traditional etching press. This style of wiping a plate is called 'a la poupée' after the French term 'little dolly'. The pieces of felt or rag sometimes used to apply the ink to the plate looked like little dolls children used to play with."
Jon Lybrook's Luminogram to Inkjet Print Transfers featured at The Creators Project Website
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