Monday, April 4, 2011

Plastic + Film Show at the Nave Gallery

My image "Beach Walk" was accepted into the Plastic + Film exhibit at the Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA. The show runs from April 30 to May 21. This image was made with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera with an inverted lens. The print is an inkjet transfer print created with an image transferred to Arches silkscreen paper using Purell hand sanitizer as an agent to dissolve the ink for transfer.
So the print both looks and smells nice. :)


  1. Congratulations Jim! I love the image and I would really like to see an actual print. Sounds like an interesting process. I am starting to explore different printing techniques. I saw a show where the images were printed on rice paper (platinum.) They were very delicate and wispy. BTW thanks for photographing my prints at Rayko. I wish I could have been there.

  2. Congratulations, Jim! That light is just magical, and I can just imagine how fantastic the print must be. Your work is an inspiration!

  3. Thanks Carol and Jacki.
    It's a fairly simple process if you have an inkjet printer to print the image onto the transfer film.
    Carol, I saw hundreds of incredible platinum prints at the AIPAD show in New York a few weeks ago. It was quite inspiring and intimidating at the same time. And a friend of mine just did some Van Dyke prints on rice paper and they are quite beautiful. I just bought some rice paper to try inkjet transfers with.

  4. Just seeing this post now, Jim -- congrats on getting into the show, I'm really looking forward to seeing this print. I've just started experimenting with transfers (using gel medium and color laser prints) myself - had no idea Purell could be used ;-)

    Are you going to the Plastic + Film opening?


  5. Great, I love those inverted lenses
    Suzi :)

  6. Thanks Bonnie and Suzi.

    Bonnie, I use the Rite Aid generic hand sanitizer which evidently is Purell.
    And it's much cheaper. Some of the other brands of hand sanitizers either don't have as high a percentage of alcohol in them or they have additional ingredients which don't help the transfer process.