about this series:
This series of etchings was initially produced as a way for Tyrus Clutter to learn the technique of color viscosity printing. Originally developed in the mid-twentieth century by Stanley Hayter and Krishna Reddy at Hayter's Atelier 17 in Paris, the technique allows an etching plate to be inked with at least three colors simultaneously. Though multiple variations of colors can result from the mixing of the three inks, the plate is able to be run through the press in just one pass.
The imagery is composed of European cathedral floor plans and was chosen because alterations could be made to the images that would still allow the floor plans to be recognizable. The floor plans double as crosses and that double reading is mimicked in the titles which mainly come from biblical passages that include the word "plan" or some variation of that word. As with many words in the Christian vernacular, the words "plan" and "foundation" hold multiple meanings at the same time.
The top five of these intaglio prints are more recent and incorporate textual passages like much of the artist's other work. Two works on the bottom row explore the similarities between fundamentalist faith in both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Text makes up part of these images; both Hebrew and English texts from the Old Testament. For a further assessment of this check out Tyrus's Eye on Art.
Check out the video below which shows how the etching plates are developed and printed in this particular technique.