Martin Levine

Martin Levine

Coram, NY
Tribeca, Aquatint with Chine Colle
19 x 14

“Tribeca” is an Aquatint Etching with Chiné Colle printed with Bone Black ink on Shiro Gampi paper with a Lana Gravure backing sheet. These meticulously drawn aquatint etchings typically take 6-9 months to complete, due to my concern for detail, and intense involvement with each technical aspect of the medium. I draw from a composite of my photographs and on-site sketches, and for further amplification, work with an 8X jeweler’s loop, leaving no detail insignificant. The full range of tonality is achieved by dipping a rosin coated copper plate into acid 50-60 times. May images are intentionally devoid of humans, allowing the viewer exclusivity by minimizing any distractions. Unlike the limitations of a camera or the naked eye, every object near and far is rendered in extreme focus, allowing for more clarity and heightened observation. A fascination with exaggerated perspective, unusual vantage points and elongated shadows, continue to characterize my images.