The Term : Giclée (pronounced Zhee-Clay) is a French phrase refering to an
elevation in printmaking technology. Images are
generated from high-resolution digital scans and
printed with archival quality inks onto various
substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base
The Printing Process : Giclée prints are created typically
using professional 12-Color ink-jet
printers. The paper or canvas is carefully attached to a drum that spins while infinitely small pixels of rich, vibrant archival inks are sprayed at a very high speed. The Giclée printing process provides better
color accuracy than other means of reproduction and renders an amazingly smooth an consistent image.
The Quality : The quality of the Giclée print rivals
traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing
processes and is commonly found in museums, art
galleries, and photographic galleries. Giclée prints have become the standard in the limited edition print market.
The Market : Numerous examples of Giclée prints can be
found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the
Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries.
Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800
for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and
$22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004,
Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.
About the Print
Over the centuries human understanding of our place in the universe has evolved dramatically. For instance, Copernicus was the first European who developed a the idea that the sun and other planets didn't spin around earth . Instead, the earth and other planets circled the sun (to be fair Greek, Muslim and Indian intellectuals had hypothosized this earlier). This Copernican inversion was both revolutionary and challenged by the church as heretical. Our understanding of the universe and physics has continued to grow. Today, there is this idea that there isn't one unverse, but multiple universes in a kind of cosmic froth. Imagine that! What would Copernicus think? Yet, this idea is hardly known today. Just ask anybody you meet if they know what the mutliverse is. The media spends more time on the passing farces of movie starlets than on understanding our place in the universe.
I began this painting wanting to investigate the idea of multiverse bubbles. I decided to use the flash of white light and the evolving color spectrum in these bubble shapes and make them within a human scale. I call it the "Dance of the White Light Spectrum" because this light dances across the multiverses and the characters act and react to this light and each other.
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