Invocation by Michael Ponce de Leon

Invocation by Michael Ponce de Leon

Invocation

Michael Ponce de Leon

Title

Invocation

 
Artist
Year
1983  
Technique
color mixed technique intaglio / collagraph 
Image Size
8 5/8 x 13 3/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
pencil editioned, titled and dated, "6/12/83" 
Reference
 
Paper
white Arches wove 
State
proof 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
18543 
Price
$250.00 
Description

By the 1980s the style of Michael Ponce de Leon’s work had developed into a kind of modern iconography, with imagery that cast off excess in favor of strong colors and dynamic shapes laid out on the sheet like emblems from an ancient city. His up-to-then four decades of immersion in the experimental printmaking world allowed him to explore unusual techniques with professional ease, and in “Invocation” we see the cumulative evidence of his artistic experience.

Layers of dimensionality - formed by collagraphy - are embedded, fossil-like, against a cacophony of form and color. The composition suggests a planet or a celestial being floating in space, surrounded by pinpricks of starry light. The central theme, swooped shapes appearing like two hands in prayer pointing toward a radiating point of light, offers a sense of hope in the midst of universal chaos.

 
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