At Crown Point Press, Tomma Abts Prints Like She Paints
For her second collaboration with the master printers at the renowned Crown Point Press, Turner Prize-winner four elegant etchings (all 2015)—are currently on view at Crown Point Press’s sunny San Francisco gallery space.
Installation view of “Tomma Abts: Four New Etchings” at Crown Point Press. Courtesy Crown Point Press and the artist.
The German-born Abts relocated to London in 1995 during the rise of the said.
At Crown Point Press, her process was faster, though not fast. Abts let the shape and size of the plates that she used (the ground for her etchings) guide her compositional choices. This resulted in a set of
In the cooler toned Untitled (Gap), thin yellow stripes jog up a blue background, lifting up and away at its upper left corner. Four spring-green circles arrayed in a row hover above, while a horizontal white band (or gap, as the etching’s title indicates) chops the composition into two uneven pieces. Such works reflect Abts’s focus on materials, process, and form, resulting in what she has described as “something being…an image and at the same time an object.”
“Tomma Abts: Four New Etchings” is on view at Crown Point Press, San Francisco, Sep. 4–Oct. 27, 2015.
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