My work is best measured by the end result — the article that tells the reader the who, the what, the why, the when and the how, as they say. But one of my favorite parts of the job is acquiring the material that helps me to answer those questions. It is in those moments that I learn a bit more about an artist or I am see the genesis of a particular piece. I see the power of collaboration. I get to listen to a rehearsal. I watch as dancers practice over and over again to get it right.
On a recent day, I had the chance to watch as artist Will McCarthy worked with Anthony Kirk of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in advance of a show of McCarthy’s work. The monotypes to be featured were mostly created in the print studios of this Norwalk, Conn., center. And, as late as a few weeks ago, pieces were still being created.
The video above shows the end result of a couple of hours of work. It was fun to see what the press would reveal, and I discovered that feeling of surprise still resonates with Kirk and McCarthy, even after years of making prints.
If you want to see the end result, the show opens with a reception on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m.. It will run through Nov. 4. A more comprehensive tale is set to be published in our Pulse section by week’s end.