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RE: SPE and alt update

How does she (do you) coat such large sheets evenly with gum?



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From: wcharmon@wt.net [mailto:wcharmon@wt.net] 
Sent: 02 April 2008 21:57
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: SPE and alt update

Another tidbit I picked up from talking shop with her was that she is
making her negatives for her  'small' prints (22x30!!!) using conventional
film enlarged negatives. Only for her elephant sized prints (I think she
said these were 44x30) does she use digital negatives.

> On Tue, 1 Apr 2008, Clay Harmon wrote:
>> Fortunately one of the alt-artists was Soo Kang Kim (sp?), a South
>> Korean
>> gummist who produces large and luscious tri-color gums. I chatted with
>> her
>> for a while, and she mentioned that many of her 22x30 inch gums have as
>> many
>> as 10 gum layers on them. I was impressed with her incredible technique.
>> The
>> prints are compositionally spare and just (as they say here in Texas)
>> purdy
>> as all get-out.  If you ever get a chance to see her work, jump at the
>> opportunity.
> Sookang Kim was my student at Pratt years ago (notice I don't say how many
> years), and one of the most interesting things about that (to me, anyway)
> was that her very first gum print was as sophisticated in imagery and
> superb in technique as if she'd been gum printing for years.  I gather
> she's doing color seps now, and imagine them sep-urb, but in those
> (ancient) times she (and most of us) did them from black and white negs,
> usually 35 mm enlarged onto... lith film!
> As noted, her instant mastery (mistressy?) was uncanny... Whoever has a
> copy of Post-Factory #1 can see a black & white repro (printed much too
> black, hence very rough idea) of one of her first prints on page 6, with a
> brief outline of technique.
> And PS.  The only reason I can see to lament "alt" printing overshadowed
> by digital printing is that our supplies (dichromate, + other chemicals
> etc.) could be harder to come by. Otherwise, anyone can press a button...
> And the image is important, too... not just the process. (When the blend
> of process & image is perfect, it's perfect.)
> J.

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