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Copperplate Photogravures by Walt Goettman
November 2 - December 31, 2007
Opening Reception November 2, 2007 5:30- 7:30pm





This body of work is a sequence of images from an on-going project started in 2000 titled Beneath These Skies. The prints are copperplate photogravures aprroximately 9x9 on 18x15 somerset satin. The works present metaphors for metaphysical questions of confluent aspects of documentation and abstraction, the universal and the specific, connotation and denotation, the discursive and the intuitive, the empirical and the transcendental.

Since graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology, Walt Goettman has exhibited color and black and white work nationally. An interest in photo etching led to a specialization in copper photogravure which he studied at Crown Point Press and Pyramid Atlantic.

Photogravure is one of the most difficult and most beautiful photo-mechanical techniques uniquely combining velvet aquatint tones with photographic dilineation of detail producing dense blacks, detailed tonality, platetone, and embossed platemark with unrivaled archival permanence.

The foundations for photogravure were laid in the mid nineteenth century, but perfected by Karl Klic in 1879. The process has remained basically unchanged.The hand-pulled photogravure was virtually abandoned by the end of the first quarter of the twentieth century due to it's difficulty and impracticability. The resurgence of this process attests to the dedication of the modern practitioners who appreciate the unique properties of the photogravure print.

~ Walt Goettman