We approached Amir Hariri, NYC, because of the way his works focus on capturing the third dimension, playing with optical illusions to transcend 3D objects into 2D forms. A multi-disciplinary background in painting, sculpture and printmaking, meant Hariri was a perfect fit for our new Elegraph printmaking medium.
Hariri takes inspiration from his New York City surroundings, capturing passive interactions and exchanges with our built environment. "This transiency of occupied space is further examined, formally, by layering carefully drafted graphite and ink drawings with various types of paint (oil, house and spray), concrete, plaster and wood to showcase the interplay of symmetry, tangency and congruence, with material authenticity. It is here that the interplay of various stages, from demolition to renovation, form a new ground for imagined dwellings forged from the fragmentation of existing buildings." Amir Hariri.
Using our Elegraph printmaking platform, digitization of two base plates allowed Hariri to manipulate these mediums further, interchanging elements and adding elevation, texture, and shadows within the digital realm.
Amir Hariri - Artist & Printmaker, NYC
Like traditional printmaking relationships, alta's collaboration process is integral to Elegraph Printmaking. Starting with a concept discussion, Amir Hariri was quick to understand the new opportunities our platform offered his vision and quickly took pen to paper, ready to share initial sketches.
Hariri physically worked on two source plates, provided by alta, consisting of paint and a few small concrete forms. After these were scanned by our Art Processing team, alta’s Master Printer worked on the digital file, creating new elevation, texture, shadows and forms from the physical inputs to bring Hariri’s vision to life.
Through discussion and true collaboration, we provided Hariri the ability to engage with his work in a different way and developed new ways to blend 3D with 2D, creating sloped elevation and adding geometric forms that fall outside physical methods.
By conducting a virtual and physical shadow study of an all-white print, Hariri was able to plan, and further push, his vision for an iteration with the most intriguing illusions of light, shadow and depth in 2D and 3D.
Our collaboration with Amir Hariri also helps demonstrate the exciting possibilities of iterating, almost infinite times, to produce original artwork from one, or many, sources. By digitally intervening, manipulating and transforming his sources we had the flexibility to dive deep, take risks and experiment – all with the comfort of being able to rewind, adjust and try something different until his vision was met.
The result of our beta collaboration with Hariri is three incredible Elegraph Prints that are the tip of our new printmaking iceberg.