Published by CSS in 2015, Bill Thompson's 'Edition' is an etching with chine collé printed in graphite ink. The image measures 12.5 x 14 inches and the sheet 21.5 x 22.5 inches. It is printed on Hahnemühle Copperplate paper (host) with a Niyodo Kozo chine collé in an edition of 45. It is a more conceptually based print than what we normally expect from this sculptor, but a 'must have' for any serious print collector or aficionado.
With everything I create, my one guiding principle is that I use the least number of elements possible to make a statement. When printing, my images are generally monochromatic and feature a simple visual gesture – they tend to reflect the forms that I carve as a sculptor. After finishing a recent edition at Center Street Studio, my mind jumped track and landed upon an idea that completely eliminated the need for an image. More importantly, it embraced and broke down the basic essence of printmaking to its most elemental state. I based the idea on the fact that every print in an edition is essentially unique because of both the number change and the slight variation in the artist’s signature from print to print. Also considered was the practice of applying a hand-drawn/painted element to a print and the effect that has on its perceived value and originality. For Edition, I gridded out the entire edition with each square containing a number, as well as squares for the BAT and printer’s/artist’s proofs. To identify and individualize each print, I circled the appropriate number using a red colored pencil. As they progress through the number sequence, the hand-drawn circles vary slightly in shape, with the red adding a chromatic accent to the black and white grid. Edition is a print of and about a print edition. BT 2015