Story last updated at 12/3/2008 - 2:02 pm
JUNEAU - Gordon Harrison is this month's featured artist for at the Juneau Artists Gallery. In addition to new glazes and ceramic designs, he has also created framed fish prints in the Japanese "gyotaku" tradition.
These ink prints on paper or cloth are taken directly from a fish. Gordon is a sport fisherman, and his art has been inspired by the abundance, diversity, and extreme beauty of marine life in Southeast Alaska. He began making plates and platters with images of local fish and crab some years ago. Printing fish was a logical next step: instead of taking an impression in plaster, he dries the fish thoroughly, fixes it to a board with its fins and tail flared, and inks it. Then he presses Japanese paper or fine cotton cloth over the fish. The printing process wrinkles the paper slightly. These wrinkles are evidence the print is an original. Gordon says for him, the artistic appeal of these images is their expression of both realism and ethereal abstraction.
Harrison's work will be on display at the Juneau Artists Gallery in the Senate Building at 175 S. Franklin St. during the Dec. 5 Gallery Walk reception.