Hung Liu: Limestone Series
There is a romanticism to traditional lithography that stems from the anachronism of drawing on stone. The limestone itself is ancient and carved out by hand… and the process of making a delicate drawing on something so unwieldy is the antithesis of the modern world, in which technology has erased the need for this kind of printmaking.
There is something primal about seeing a drawing on stone that is uniquely satisfying. Often the stone itself has a quality to it that is more beautiful than the paper prints pulled from it, and is something usually only the print maker sees.
The stones, once printed, are laboriously grained to resurface the stone and the image is erased leaving no trace of the drawing except for a patina of ink on the side.
So what better way to marry anachronism and irony than to recreate antiquated image making using a digital process? The end result is similar in concept to a ghost in a jar, bringing the spirit of a different time into the present. That is the goal of the limestone series