Ramble More Design uses age-old technique to create modern art

Maine’s Ramble More Design uses a centuries-old technique to create modern art



MAINE,, STEVE MINICH TAKES US INSIDE THE PORTLAND STUDIO OF ‘RAMBLE MORE DESIGN’… —(23-28-23) NATS OF ROLLING UP— (23-39-26) “I THINK MY BIGGEST HOPE IS THAT PEOPLE REALLY CARE ABOUT THE PROCESS I’M WORKING IN.” FOR TIMOTHY GOLDKIN, THIS PROCESS IS JUST AS RELEVANT AS THE FINISHED PIECE….. IN ADDITION TO USING A ‘DAB’ OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY,,,, HE HAS MASTERED THE USE OF OLD PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTING TO TRANSFORM SMALLER NEGATIVES FROM SEVERAL DECADES — – INTO MUCH LARGER WORKS OF ART… (23-37-12) “WHAT I REALLY LOVE IS THE JUXTAPOSITION OF TAKING THESE OLD ARCHIVE IMAGES, TO DIGITIZE THEM, DIGITIZE THEM THEN TAKE THEM TO THE FUTURE (BUT AT 23-37-23) THEN REPRODUCE THEM IN NEGATIVES AND USE AN ANALOG OR ARCHIVE MEDIA AGAIN TO RECALL THEM IN THE PAST.” -LITTLE NATS- GOLDKIN EMPLOYS “A PAIR” OF ANALOG MEDIUMS, BOTH ARE CENTURIES DATED…..TO CREATE HIS LINE OF “BLUE” PRINTS — IT’S A PROCESS CALLED CYANOTYPE — WHICH ACTUALLY USES UV LIGHT,, ,, –NATS OF PASTING– THE OTHER IS ‘WHEAT PASTING’,,,,, A HOMEMADE GLUE CONCOCTION MADE WITH FLOUR — ALTHOUGH,, REALLY,,, PLUS IT APPLIQUE PASTE, PLUS MORE DEFECTS OR INPERFECTIONS IT EXPOSES — (22-56-00) “AND IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE IT PERFECT.” ONE OF HIS WHEAT PASTA MURALS INSIDE THE THINK TANK IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND, HE POINTS TO THE MANY WRINKLES AND BUBBLES – ALL THESE FLAWS, WHICH REMIND US – THIS IS ART.. ( 22-56-31) BEING JUST A PIECE VINAL ON THE WALL WHEN YOU WALK TOWARDS IT YOU CAN SEE EVERY MOMENT, EVERY MOMENT YOU SEE SOMEONE’S HAND YOU CAN TELL A HUMAN BEING THE DID. THE WORKS ALL HAVE A COMMON THEME — A LOOK AT AMERICA YEARS AGO — IN THE DAYS BEFORE COMPUTERS AND SMARTPHONE SCREENS — PEOPLE HAVING FUN,,,,, (23-34 -48) “SO I FIND THESE OLD PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW PEOPLE BEFORE THE SCREENS WERE EXISTING, THEY SHOW HOW PEOPLE WORK, HOW PEOPLE PLAY.” –NATS— GOLDKIN IS THE FIRST TO UNDERSTAND WHY IT’S USUALLY THE PIECE THAT CAPTURES THE EYE… BUT TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROCESS, HE SAYS, IS TO RECOGNIZE WHY YOU ARE LOOKING AT “ART” AND NOT JUST A PERFECT OLD PHOTO… (23-34-56) “I THINK THERE IS A LOT WE COULD LOSE IN THIS DIGITAL AGE AND I’D LIKE TO TRY TO RETURN MOST OF IT AND INSPIRE THE PEOPLE TO FIND INSPIRATION.” GOLKIN SAYS THE INSPIRATION FOR HIS WORK COMES FROM THE MANY YEARS HE SPENT AS A SELF-DESCRIBED VAGABON — TRAVELING T

Maine’s Ramble More Design uses a centuries-old technique to create modern art

“I think my biggest hope would be for people to really care about the process that I work in,” Timothy Goldkin told WMTW. For Goldkin, this process is just as relevant as the finished piece. Along with using a bit of digital technology, Goldkin has mastered the use of antiquated photographic printing to turn decades-old, smaller negatives into much larger works of art. “What I really like is the juxtaposition of taking these old stock images, scanning them, scanning them, then bringing them to the future – then reproducing them as negatives and using them again. an analog or archival medium to take them back to the past,” Goldkin said. Goldkin uses a pair of analog mediums, both dating back centuries, to create his line of prints. One is a process called cyanotype, which uses UV light. The other process he uses is mashing wheat. Goldkin uses a homemade glue concoction made from flour, although he deliberately uses more paste, which creates more flaws or imperfections in the pieces. One of his wheat paste murals hangs inside the Think Tank in downtown Portland. He says the many flaws, wrinkles and bubbles remind us that the piece is art. “Instead of just being a piece of vinyl on the wall, when you get close you can see every moment, every moment you see someone’s hand, you can tell that a human being did,” Goldkin said. Whether wheat paste or cyanotype, Goldkin’s works all feature a common theme: a look at America years ago, long before computers and smartphone screens. “I find these older photographs show people before screens existed, they show how people worked, how people played,” Goldkin said. “I think there’s a lot we could lose in this digital age and I’d like to try to bring back as much and inspire people to be inspired by it.”

“I think my biggest hope would be for people to really care about the process that I work in,” Timothy Goldkin told WMTW.

For Goldkin, this process is just as relevant as the finished piece.

Along with using a bit of digital technology, Goldkin has mastered the use of antiquated photographic printing to turn decades-old, smaller negatives into much larger works of art.

“What I really like is the juxtaposition of taking these old stock images, scanning them, scanning them, then bringing them to the future – then reproducing them as negatives and using them again. an analog or archival medium to take them back to the past,” Goldkin said.

Goldkin uses a pair of analog mediums, both dating back centuries, to create his line of prints. One is a process called cyanotype, which uses UV light.

The other process he uses is mashing wheat. Goldkin uses a homemade glue concoction made from flour, although he deliberately uses more paste, which creates more flaws or imperfections in the pieces.

One of his wheat paste murals hangs inside the Think Tank in downtown Portland. He says the many flaws, wrinkles and bubbles remind us that the piece is art.

“Instead of just being a piece of vinyl on the wall, when you get close you can see every moment, every moment you see someone’s hand, you can tell that a human being did,” Goldkin said.

Whether wheat paste or cyanotype, Goldkin’s works all feature a common theme: a look at America years ago, long before computers and smartphone screens.

“I find these older photographs show people before screens existed, they show how people worked, how people played,” Goldkin said. “I think there’s a lot we could lose in this digital age and I’d like to try to bring back as much and inspire people to be inspired by it.”

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