A Bill Ritchie Artwork in

The Clint Pehrson Gallery

"Wave Square School"

1979 Intaglio printed from etched zinc plate. Image 12 X 9 in on 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 in Van Gelder Zonen (Natural, buff) paper. One of 76 impressions, including a special collector's edition published by Davidson Galleries. See also the Dan Mayer and Jundt Art Gallery Collections.

Artist's comment: The Wave Square had evolved from my "Squares" series (originating in a distorted T-Square like those that engineers and architects used t have on their drafting tables). At one point I used an architect's program to give me hundreds of views of the wave square, drawn on a computer plotter. Some of these views became the masters for a soft-ground etching for the print, "Wave Square School". The plotter drew on thin tracing paper, so when I overlaid them I could see several layers of the image.

Later, I wanted to create a mass of wave squares based on an experience I had at a fish hatchery. Looking in deep water I could see nothing, then I realized all I could see were thousands of fishes, a school. Like that school, I imagined thousands of T-squares in deep water.

Mr. Pehrson called me some years later to find out more about the print, which he had been given as an award for his volunteer civic work. For availability and pricing information, contact Davidson Galleries Contemporary Print Department


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