The Atlas Of Dreams - Color Plate 97-98

Richard Maier

Los Angeles, United States

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This plate is a unique accident in The Atlas Of Dreams. I really liked the engraving that I used for Color Plate 97. In fact, I liked it so much I had first tried to use it in Color Plate 96, but it just didn’t work there. Frustrated, I then I tried to use it in Color Plate 97, where it worked quite well. Then two weeks passed in which I didn’t do any work on the Atlas. When I resumed work, I had forgotten all about Color Plate 97, and once again set out to make that engraving work, this time with a new companion layer. After several hours of messing around in Photoshop, I had something I was very happy with. I printed it out and laid it next to the older proofs to appraise it… then my eyes shifted left and saw Color Plate 97 lying there next to the new proof… When I realized what I had done, I decided to write my new print off as a goof and got to work on Color Plate 98, using the companion layer from the goof. When THAT print was done, I was also very happy with it. But the next day, looking at all the proofs, I decided I liked the goof too much to abandon it. So with the b&w version of Color Plate 97, here are four variations on two themes, entwined. The name is a bit awkward, but I wanted viewers to realize that this plate is related to Color Plates 97 & 98.

“Color Plate 97-98” combines a 19th century engraving from a Dover collection with two paintings created by my father, Gus Maier.

“The Atlas Of Dreams” is an ongoing project begun in 1999. Each ‘plate’ is composed of several different images layered to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Tangled white borders bleed into centers. Source images may include – though aren’t limited to: period engravings, filtered stock photos, ArtMatic renders, NASA images, and the paintings of my father, Gus Maier. Keep an eye out for stray creatures poking and prodding at the fourth wall, and remember to bookmark your place before you close the Atlas for the night…

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