Follow the Leader
1984, print, 22.5 x 30 inches,
Franklin Furnace became identified with artists' right to freedom of expression during the "Culture Wars" of the 80s and 90s. (Please see the NEA 4 Essays for analyses of this time.) In the new millennium, the importance of free speech has not diminished, so the organization is inviting Franklin Furnace Alumns to prepare works of art to be sold for its benefit. Entitled FREE SPEECH, one artist's work will be published annually. We are grateful to Tom Otterness for inaugurating this series with FREE SPEECH.
Image size: 8 5/16" x 10"
Stone size: ~ 12" x 16" x 3"
Edition of 12
The photographic image was transferred onto 18 separate lithographic limestones. The image (the artist's grandmother) on each of the limestones was processed to allow for pulled impressions. The back of every limestone holds a unique image from the stone's previous use in a ceramics factory. The artist's signature is on the back of the stone in black.
All stones used exist as an edition of multiples printed by Brian Garner at Litho Shop in Baltimore, MD (January-June 2011). The project is composed of an edition of 12 stones, 3 artist proofs, 2 printer's proofs, and one bon á tirer. This is 1/12.
"Sometimes no matter what you do, no matter what you change, no matter what you give up-you cannot get someone to love you, even your own mother."-what my mother should have said to her own mother but never did.
HEART ATTACK, 2010
Digital C-print, 32 x 42 inches,
edition of 15
Contact Martha Wilson,
Franklin Furnace Archives. Inc.
martha AT franklinfurnace.org