Studies in Pink and Gold
matte lacquered prints by Richard Minsky
with 22K gold, 10" x 11½", in a pop-up display box
work-in-progress, expected completion September, 2020
pending box automatically raises the display easel when the
cover is opened. The archival pigment inkjet studies are lacquered
and mounted back to back on
binders' board before the gold is added. The suite will have 24 studies on 12
panels. They are made to be handled. The gold is tooled at different angles to create shifting patterns as the
viewing angle changes. The angle of the easel is adjustable. The
colors of pink change with different light sources.
The box top has a recessed lacquered panel rubbed to an eggshell finish.
The studies within the box are rubbed with felt to a soft matte
I've been working with color fields and gold dots since the early 1970s, including bookbindings, paintings, and prints.
Viewing each study it does not appear static, but keeps the eye and mind
moving, the attention shifting, the apparent relative depth of the layers
changing. As the light or viewing angle varies, other transformations take
place. At some angles all the gold shines, at others patterns emerge with
bright and dark gold. This affects the illusion. They are individual panels
because some compel the viewer to pick them up and turn them.
Each study elicits a different emotional, spiritual, or mental
response. For example, they may create a feeling of excitement, wonder, or
calm. Some are hypnotic.