Less Toxic Printmaking
When he was studying Fine Arts, Pablo discovered that engraving allowed him to create images without taking anything as a reference, no model, nothing to copy from reality, but instead he could create internal, intimate images. This was one of the reasons why he chose this technique. And he never left. The other reason was the possibility that it gave him to multiply the image. For years, in his workshops he began to make a less toxic engraving, replacing those products that are harmful to health and the environment.
Graphic artist Pablo Delfini visits ´ace to present his book Less Toxic Engraving, together with an exhibition “Graphic Exchange” of artists who have worked, collaborated and learned with him.
ABOUT THE BOOK Less Toxic Engraving (the blog book), by Pablo Delfini
The book exposes the relationship of artistic engraving techniques with a less polluting and more sustainable work ethic that is in harmony with health and the environment. The author explains, in a clear and detailed way, the development of less toxic lithography techniques (lithography without water on aluminum and on tetrapak, lemon rubber lithography, lithography on marble, lithography on polyester); less toxic Chalcography with salt mordants (etching, aquatint, sugar etching, soft varnish, acrylic wash and electrolytic etching) and with direct incision (engraving, drypoint and mezzotint). In the “Works” section, he presents a selection of his lithographic and intaglio prints.
In the “Miscellaneous” section, it refers to the techniques of moku-hanga, frottage, etching on tetrapak, water monotype and hectography. He also develops folded graphics, playful editing, creative cleaning, and describes Gruppo G.I.R.I and Grupo Menostoxicolatinoamerica. In the “Graphic Exchange” section, 20 artists participate with prints made with the techniques mentioned in the book. In addition, each section of this book is closed by the “Stories” section of the blog.
ABOUT PABLO DELFINI (Argentina, 1959)
He studied Fine Arts at the Manuel Belgrano (1982), Prilidiano Pueyrredón (1985) and Ernesto de la Cárcova (1994) schools, specializing in Engraving. At the same time, she studied Animation Film at the Institute of Cinematographic Art of Avellaneda (1983). In 1999, he held a seminar on New Lithographic Techniques at the University of Victoria, Vancouver, Canada and in 2001 a Metal Lithography Workshop at the CIEC Foundation, International Center for Contemporary Prints in Betanzos, Galicia, Spain. In 2012, he takes a moku-hanga course and in 2015 a mokulito course, both with professor Alejandra Dorsch in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He teaches workshops at the following national and international engraving encounters: Xylon Argentina, Bs As (2002, 2003, 2007), Martín Malharro School of Mar del Plata (1999, 2000, 2009, 2015), Workshop 99 of Santiago de Chile (2008), Municipality of La Serena, Chile (2009), Scuola di Grafica D’Arte, Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Italy (2017). From 1998 to 2012 he has made individual exhibitions both in the city and in the province of Buenos Aires, as well as in different cities in the country. From 1989 to the present his graphic work has been selected in numerous salons, biennials, triennials and international calls in Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Korea, Cuba, Spain, USA, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.
In 2016 he received the Grand Acquisition Prize for his work Vitral at the 105th National Hall of Visual Arts, Engraving Section. Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Less Toxic Engraving
Editing and coordination by Laura Scisciani from Taller Publica Libros.
Size 20 x 25,5 cm, 304 pages, matte illustration cover 350 g, interior illustration matte 115 g full color.
Printed in December 2021, in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
Fabiola Mercandetti, with Brief History of Non-Toxic Engraving
Melisa Scisciani, with Expanding the Work: Metaphor and Technique
Mónica Vidal, with Expanding the Work: Creative Processes and Experiences