Jake Wallace's Industrial Landscapes have graced the walls of our pop up shows as well as of our clients private homes, but this open to the public piece is Jake's latest and largest work yet - spanning 32 ft illuminated by a LED light box. Starbucks' brand new location at 11 Penn Plaza (enter 32nd St and 7th Ave), Manhattan holds this just finished piece for all to enjoy. Please visit, grab a coffee and enjoy some custom local art!
Jake is one of the 6 original artists to Fiercely Curious, but if you have not yet met him, he is a Greenpoint, Brooklyn-based artist and printmaker who creates mixed media paintings and silkscreens based on original photography. His work is influenced by the classic industrial architecture of New York City – its inherent beauty and texture, and the stories told via the facades and lines of each structure.
The inspiration behind "Do Not Enter or Cross Tracks" was to create an abstract piece using various elements of industrial landscapes, found textures and the NYC railroad system which has been a vital part of the city for more than 150 years.
For this piece Jake collaborated with local master printers, Duggal Visual Solutions to create a high quality dye-sublimation print stretching across a 32 foot long canvas which was inlaid into a custom LED light box.
Here's some shots of the process where we took a few trips to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to visit the printing facility and work with the printers on site.
The print master ran test strips of the artwork in small and large scale to review the colorations over a light box which ran the full length of the room.
The print is first done on paper and then heat transferred onto the specially woven canvas with just enough space to let pinholes of light shine through.
One final review - approval is made and the full scale print is created (96 sq ft of canvas).
The light box has already been installed by the contractors and is waiting for the print to arrive. The print needs to be placed into the framed work with a lift and is the very last thing added before the new store opens!
Thanks to Starbucks for supporting local artists! We are elated to have had the experience of visiting Duggal's amazing printing facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and to have worked with such a professional team. We hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes tour!
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