About Endless Summer


The Inspiration

Two sources of inspiration led to “Endless Summer”.  The first was Gretchen Schermerhorn, the artistic director of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.  She is always looking for ways to engage students, interns, and artists in artistic ways.  In this instance, in June 2015 she announced a print exchange to which 28 artists responded.  Each agreed to make 28 prints, 9” x 9” that in some way speaks to the theme: endless summer.

Gretchen’s invitation to participate in the exchange left me pondering what to do,  The word paintings of Mel Bochner was the second source of inspiration.  Bochner creates thesaurus paintings in which brightly colored words, synonyms, related to a theme are painted across large canvases, typically 4’ x 5’.  “Endless Summer” is based on the same idea, although much smaller in scale.  The print is a composition of the words “summer” and “endless” and synonyms for “endless”. 

In addition to being included in the summer exchange, “Endless Summer” was exhibited in the Pyramid Atlantic Invitational 10” x 10” exhibition in August 2015.

The Project

“Endless Summer” is an 8 color print.  The prints were made on Stonehenge paper.  Images are 7½” x 7½” on 9” x 9” sheets.  Speedball Acrylic Screen Printing Inks were used.  Adobe Photoshop was used for developing the screenprinting plates.  36 prints are included in the edition, 28 of which were included in the Pyramid Atlantic summer print exchange.  The project was completed in July 2015.

The Print Progression

The print progression showing the development of “Endless Summer” can be seen in a series of seven figures.  The first on the left shows the first two colors creating a blended background.   The other six figures show the letters printed with each additional color.
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Plate 1 (Yellow-Orange Blend)

Plates 1- 4 (Greem)

Plates 1- 7 Final Print (Black)

Plates 1- 2 (Red)

Plates 1- 3 (Yellow)

Plates 1- 4 (Purple)

Plates 1- 6 (Turquoise)