Brian D Hodgson

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The tools, methods and the obsessional cross-hatched lines and matrices of the old engravers really draw me in, and in practice come quite naturally to me. When I hold a steel drawing needle in my hand and push through the wax ground to connect with the metal surface of the etching plate I find my location. But that is not the whole story.

Drawings can be made in many ways, like Organised Accidents, and Actions: the printing plate as a site of significant events. Process emotion, torn out of a metal surface through the vitriolic power of Acidic Consumption. You have to dissolve in order to create.

This is the way the acid works into a drawn line: it won't behave. It side-bites, under-bites and foul-bites, producing marks born directly from corrosion and attrition, infiltrating and infecting the drawing. Utilising this, one of nature's great processes, appears to accelerate and compress time.

Take a drawing through this journey and see the markings printed, standing raised and proud from the surface of the paper like black welts. Then take a magnifying lens, and the drawing becomes a surface to climb into and explore like a new kind of space.

Brian D Hodgson
April 2017



'Changing Channels' (first state) by Brian D Hodgson
Changing Channels (first state) (2017)
Etching
65cm x 75cm


'Changing Channels' (second state) by Brian D Hodgson
Changing Channels (second state) (2017)
Etching
65cm x 75cm


'Attrition' by Brian D Hodgson
Attrition (2011)
Etching
Edition size 10
Image size 9cm x 16cm
Printed on Somerset Satin White


'Corrasion' by Brian D Hodgson
Corrasion (2011)
Etching
Edition size 10
Image size 18cm x 25cm
Printed on Somerset Satin White


'Traverse I' by Brian D Hodgson
Traverse I (2015)
Photopolymer intaglio print with etching
11cm x 16cm


'Traverse I' by Brian D Hodgson
Traverse II (2015)
Photopolymer intaglio print with etching
11cm x 16cm


'Traverse I' by Brian D Hodgson
Traverse III (2015)
Photopolymer intaglio print with etching
11cm x 16cm


'Traverse I' by Brian D Hodgson
Traverse IV (2015)
Photopolymer intaglio print with etching
11cm x 16cm


'Traverse I' by Brian D Hodgson
Traverse V (2015)
Photopolymer intaglio print with etching
11cm x 16cm


'Time' by Brian D Hodgson
Time (2012)
Etching
Edition size 10
Image size 41cm x 61cm
Printed on Somerset Velvet Soft White


'Time (detail)' by Brian D Hodgson
Time (detail)


'Gravity' by Brian D Hodgson
Gravity (2012)
Etching
Edition size 10
Image size 60cm x 49cm
Printed on Somerset Velvet Soft White


'Gravity (detail)' by Brian D Hodgson
Gravity (detail)


'Serendipity' by Brian D Hodgson
Serendipity (2012)
Etching
Edition size 10
Image size 49cm x 73cm
Printed on Somerset Velvet Soft White


'Serendipity (detail)' by Brian D Hodgson
Serendipity (detail)


'Spurting' by Brian D Hodgson Detail of 'Spurting' by Brian D Hodgson
Spurting (2000) Spurting (detail)
Etching
Edition size 10
Image size 121cm x 30cm
Printed on Somerset Satin White


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