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House Rotation Blue: West View, North View, East View,
South View, 2000
intaglio print with aquatint and photo-engraving
11 3/4" x 17 3/4" each; approximately 11 3/4" x85" installed
ed. of 15
Kevin Appel has produced an intaglio print with hand-applied aquatint and photo-engraving on Sommerset satin paper. Each edition consists of four separate images rendered in an ethereal, cool blue. The images are of an imaginary, idealized glass structure viewed from four different angles which represent a full rotation, (west, north, east, south), around the "house." Appel's challenge was to inspire the sense of a transparent material, glass, by subduing the opaque nature of ink and paper. This great technical challenge was overcome
through layering ink in multiple printing processes and through the skills of master printer Anthony Zepeda under Appel's direction.
Each edition is comprised of four elements of 11 3/4" x 17 3/4" each which hang in a straight line with approximately 4-5" between each frame (framing instructions included). The order may begin with any print and follow the compass in a clockwise rotation (i.e., west, north, east, south or east, south, west, north, etc.). It is accompanied by an 8 1/2" x 11" color photocopy of a plan view from which the image was derived.
In 1999, Kevin Appel was awarded the Citibank Emerging Artist Award by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles where Appel mounted his first solo museum show last winter. Additionally, Appel has had his work exhibited at Angles Gallery, Santa Monica; Food House, Santa Monica; South London Gallery, London; Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich; Deitch Projects, New York; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Appel is represented by Angles Gallery in Santa Monica.