bARBER was named the recipient of the 2020 Island Press Emerging Artist Research Fellowship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his residency was rescheduled for June 2021.
For his project at Island Press, bARBER created a complex and playful double portrait, b and e. This is a 4 plate collagraph and relief print with a la poupée inking and chine collé on Hannemuhle Copperplate Bright White paper.
bARBER mixes inks while summer interns Byron Ashley and Emerson Alexander gather materials and assist.
bARBER and Tom get ready to print one of the collagraph plates for the first time.
One of the collagraph plates - you can really see how Barber translates his use of collage in his paintings to the printmaking process. This is the plate that is printed mostly in ultra marine blue.
bARBER makes an impression of his lips.
Experimenting and proofing different colors and orders for the plates.
bARBER, Untitled (Black American Flag Lips), Screenprint, 11 x 15 ½ inches, Edition of 10
Untitled (Black American Flag Lips) is the Helper Print created by bARBER during his residency to give to the assistants and interns that worked on his project. His flag is inspired by David Hammons’ African American Flag (1990) and was made from a direct impression of bARBER’s own lips.
This Helper Print is not available for purchase through Island Press.
Editions from this project