The Clevis by Holly Downing

The Clevis by Holly Downing

The Clevis

Holly Downing

Title

The Clevis

 
Artist

Holly Downing

  1948 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
2001  
Technique
mezzotint 
Image Size
three plates in horizontal row (diptych), 7 x 9-5/8" platemark for each plate 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
4 of 40  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
cream Rives BFK France wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
HD169 
Price
$800.00 
Description

Downing creates a mezzotint triptych using three separate plates. Her subject is a clevis, which she explores in three different positions and three different light sources. Mezzotint is a reductive process, starting with all black and evolving to light.

A clevis is a U shaped metal connector, in this case with two circular holes through which a cotter pin or bolt can be inserted to create a fastening system into which a tang is inserted. Downing uses just the clevis as an object to examine.