Wingate Studio is pleased to announce Falling (blue concentrate)
, a five-plate aquatint etching by Barbara Takenaga. During her second project with Wingate Studio created in Fall 2017, Takenaga explored territory relating to her newer body of work. The artist’s paintings have evolved from compositions of swirling dots emerging from a horizon line to looser crackling explosions over washy backgrounds. As Robert Kushner said in an interview with Takenaga in 2013, “Through the years your work has evolved and grown. Yet you always seem to retain a sense of Takenaga. No matter how experimental, they express your own unique vision. One of these aspects is your hybridization of abstraction and illusion.” Through this transformation the artist continues to be fascinated by the Big Bang, as is evidenced by her imagery.
Takenaga used the intaglio process, specifically soap ground, to achieve a nebulous, freeform background without preconception. Beforehand, though, she painstakingly hand painted lines to create the crackling foreground. As systematic as this may look, the artist followed what she refers to as a “Zen Surrealist” approach, looking at the lines and waiting for them to tell her where to go next. She has said her work “still seem[s] to naturally gravitate, or maybe anti-gravitate, to some kind of explosive/implosive situation.”