D R . F R A N K E L E C T R O S T E I N
THE PRINT COLLECTION
Music gave birth to one man. I have devoted myself to transposing the auditory signal into a visual record of this individual's struggle for survival. It may be a story you have already heard or a story yet to be written. In either case, it is a fantastic adventure into the purest forms of black and white and the experimental realm in between. It is a mysterious domain of juncture where we will find not just the tale of one man, but the legends of many: the chronicles of Dr. Frank Electrostein.
The story of Dr. Frank Electrostein is compiled into a seventeen-part, limited edition print collection. Each individual print is a linoleum relief cut and is hand-pressed in black ink onto 11” x 14” white Zerkall Frankfurt paper. I have always enjoyed the challenge of working with only positive and negative space; with this project, I have created a continuous narrative through visual format of multiple prints. The images are all inspired through a process of sequential listening of compilation music. Each song gives birth to a new frame in the storyboard of Doctor Electrostein's life.
This narrative opens with the electrocution of Dr. Electrostein by Count Drac Voltmier and his undead followers. To the Count’s dismay, the Doctor is not distroyed but instead given a power of electrical current. He uses this new energy, and his own knowledge of engineering, to design skeletal automatons which in turn host electrical bombs to help fight against the Count’s army of vampires. Through the additional construction of a time portal and with the help of his past self, Frank builds a force beyond what even his mind can endure.
Printmaking is a timeless method of art and illustration. It is an excellent medium of narration and can explain a message to the masses. With the crossover of science fiction and Gothic horror, I have conceived life through ink on paper. As long as the music feeds my ears, my hands will feed the world's eyes with the story of Dr. Frank Electrostein's persistent existence through this print project. I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I have enjoyed imagining it. All the prints within this collection are available in the store.