9/20, Insolvent, 2014
Lacquer, enamel, dissolved silver on paper
29 x 18 inches
Aldrich Edition of 20 unique prints
Courtesy of the artist
All proceeds benefits The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Michael Joo has created an editioned series of unique works on paper in connection with his Aldrich exhibition, Drift, that reflect his interest in the physical forces in nature that determine elemental form. Harnessing the dynamic effects of surface tension and organic accident, Insolvent takes the mirroring technique used to create the interior surface of Marble Strata Room and applies the process to rag paper. The image is made of an emulsion of silver nitrate, the same material used in traditional black and white photography. Instead of capturing a photographic image, Joo has used the medium—tempered by the natural unrest between oil and water—to explore the beautiful subtleties of liquefied silver.
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