ELBKIN 2, Constructed Vapor Drawing, 1981 signed and dated 'L Bell '81' (lower center) vacuum coated metals and quartz on black Arches and Stonehenge paper 53 x 36in. (134.6 x 91.4cm)
PROVENANCE Private Collection, New York Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1981)
'I have an endless amount of anecdotes about "tripping" over my own work and finding gold. It happens all the time... I was working on a glass experiment with Eric Orr which required testing some coatings on glass in my vacuum coater. To protect the inside of the coater we used brown wrapping paper. It was during that period that I discovered that the coating stuck to the paper tank liner as well as the glass we were coating. When Eric and I finished the project I began experimenting with paper surfaces, thus inventing the "Vapor Drawings" something I still find interesting.'