Industrial Complex by Peter Baczek

Industrial Complex by Peter Baczek

Industrial Complex

Peter Baczek

Title

Industrial Complex

 
Artist

Peter Baczek

  1945 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1983  
Technique
color aquatint and etching from four copper plates 
Image Size
11 7/8 x 17 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
53 of 80  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned; artist's chop in lower right 
Reference
 
Paper
Arches Cover wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
PEBA111 
Price
$450.00 
Description

Peter Beczek's subjects of choice are often simple architectural compostions, like many of the precisionists of the 1920s and '30s. Precisionism is sometimes defined as reduced compositions with simple shapes and underlying geometrical structures, with clear outlines, minimal detail, and smooth handling of surfaces.

Baczek used four copper plates and a combination of aquatint and etching, printing the subtle colors using methods he has developed himself - the resulting composition feels like a color mezzotint with its dark blacks and colors modulated with light.

The viewer's eye moves across the surface from door to window, horizontal to vertical, angles to flat spaces. The print sets up a tension with the large black surfaces of the foreground and the angled black building in the background.