JANUARY 14 - MARCH 31, 2012
These three multiples and two monotypes are the work of one of Flatbed’s most respected artists, Linda Ridgway of Dallas. Linda teaches in the Dallas Co. College system and is a regular in Flatbed’s studios. In addition to Flatbed Galleries, she is represented in Texas by Dunn & Brown Contemporary in Dallas.
Linda is best known for her sculpture, especially cast bronze. Sometimes, she even combines sculpture and print, as in the case of the I Dwell in a Lonely House I Know relief print in this exhibition. It is one of two the artist has created at Flatbed so far in a continuing series based on first lines from Robert Frost poems. For I Dwell … , Ridgway worked with a crochet craftsperson to create the matrix with its text in crochet, then working with Flatbed’s master printers, inked it and printed it as a tiny edition of relief prints on paper. Then, she dipped the crochet piece in wax, formed it into a sculptural shape, and cast it in bronze. When exhibited as a pair, the sculpture sits on a small shelf below the print.
Yet the New Girl More Shines With Herself is another relief print made from a cloth matrix, this time from a girl’s dress. For other dress-based prints in this series, Ridgway adds details in graphite to the impressions. January Light is a lithograph from a metal lithographic plate, printed on Flatbed’s litho press. The artist derived this image from her black-and-white photograph. A rare medium for this artist, it displays the same, poetic aesthetic as her other work. Ridgway made the two monotypes by pressing actual plant forms—daisy bloom hubs in one case, and flower stems in the other—onto the paper. In one, the plant juice provides the ephemeral pigmentation, and in the other, the stems were inked and printed as relief images to which she added graphite detail.
Service and In-Service were the first works Ridgway did at Flatbed. They are part of a series of work in bronze and other media that she based on a set of paper dolls of U.S. first ladies. He technique in this pair is polymer gravure, an intaglio process that allowed her to utilize actual daisy petals for the imagery.
One of Ridgway’s masterpieces in print is the landmark work, The Vine Line Suite of three etchings. It is available for viewing upon request to Flatbed staff. For this work, the artist, collaborating with Flatbed’s founding master printer Katherine Brimberry, used nine-foot-long copper plates. She applied a soft acid-resist to the plates, then pressed actual vines into it and etched the vine image into the copper. The images were printed intaglio in graphite-colored ink, and also with a relief roll of cream-colored ink, producing the exquisitely graphic result.
Mark L. Smith, Curator