‘Ossuary’ by Grady Gordon
Artist: Grady Gordon
Medium: Monotype – Bone Black Etching Ink on Rives BFK Paper
Dimensions: 15″ x 11″
Year of Creation: 2019
About the Artwork:
“This is a piece in the current series ‘Ossuary’. The piece is based on the idea of the Revenants of the Ossuary escaping their confinement and finding a freedom in the afterlife.
The work is grounded in my fascination with the macabre and cemetery aesthetic. The unearthing or disruption of hallowed/sacred space is what the content is based in. The action of a sudden energetic chaotic release in an otherwise calm and peaceful setting is what drives these pieces. When I am creating the work, I think about a spectral explosion giving rise to the inhabitants suddenly
reliving life again, torn from their resting places and wreaking havoc.
My medium is Monotype Printmaking and is created through the subtractive method by adding etching ink to plexiglass and removing the ink with various mark making tools. Once I have found the imagery, I lay paper on top of the plate and send it through an etching press creating a unique print. It is the only way I’ve produced art since 2007.” – Grady Gordon
About the Artist:
Grady Gordon is originally from Santa Fe, NM. His art is deeply influenced by various mythologies from across the world. In each new series he finds a particular myth to re-appropriate into a new version, and of course creates the images solely in black and white. Grady utilizes the most crude mark-making instruments to bring about the characters that inhabit the invisible plane. He works entirely by removing thick black ink from a plexiglass surface. The monotype print is a study of impermanence. Unlike other forms of printmaking the monotype offers only one copy. The original image on the plate is then given back to the ether, back into the fabric.
C0-founder of the NEOTROGLOCISM movement- sophisticated mark-making, crude objectivity.
BFA in Illustration: CCA 2008.