Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton, N.Y., is holding its last exhibition of the season through Oct. 3 featuring artists Glen Baldridge and Bryan Graf. Baldridge, whose work spans drawing, printmaking, photography, installation and sculpture, also printed a sunset that covers the gallery’s windows.
Baldridge explains that the late afternoon light hints at the work inside that play on twilight and the refracted light in dense forest. “I was looking for a different effect and experience to relate to the conceptual space inside,” he says.
Baldridge purchased a sunset image from Corbis that was 50 MB, then used Genuine Fractals to optimize the image for printing. “I segmented the image in Photoshop for printing at 150 dpi. There are nine panels, so there are seams in the front windows. That’s the trickiest part, but I was able to make it line up nicely by being real careful,” says Baldridge.
Baldridge used LexJet Aqueous Perforated Vinyl so that you can’t see into the gallery, but you can see out. It adds a bit of mystery to the exhibition, which tends to draw people in as they drive or walk by. The sunset was printed on Baldridge’s 44-inch wide Epson Stylus Pro 9900 on 36-inch wide material.
“It’s a really nice material. It’s applied to the outside of the window and seems to last in the weather. The last project I printed on LexJet Aqueous Perforated Vinyl was up for five to six weeks and I didn’t notice any fading or problems with the image,” says Baldridge.