Rubycon is the title of Tangerine Dream’s 6th studio album, and is also one of the first records I ever bought, way back in the late seventies or very early eighties I guess. Tangerine Dream were early adopters in the synth revolution, using (multiple) synths to create their dreamlike musical soundscapes. There’s also a nod to the idea of crossing the Rubicon, as the original study has a deliberately watery feel, working as a circular adjunct to the cerulean blue variant of Lyric SV, another deliberately wave like piece, both of which I hope evoke some of the interest you get when you see the ocean breaking onto the shore. The print club edition turns away from that however. The palette here is inspired by the strong pinks and greens that you see in tulips, and particularly the parrot and viridiflora varieties that really dazzle in the garden as the early summer months come in.
I like to think that the Print Club editions may have some kind of seasonal component, arriving sporadically, in much the same way that cut flowers come into the home, each bunch replacing the previous one, catching the eye for a fleeting period, before inevitably being replaced. A small meditation on the nature of time perhaps.
As ephemeral works, being supplied in an irregular sequence, it may well be that the Print Club editions can function in a similar way, which of course also speaks to the long tradition of Japanese wood block print making, as rapidly produced, deeply ephemeral pieces, designed specifically for seasonal display in the home. I like the idea that the editions may be seen as a metaphor for seasonality, and the inevitable parallels that draws with the arc of time, and the ability we have to sense that passage of time thorough the transit of the seasons each year.
“…Edition 8 is going to be a celebration of Spring, and in particular that particularly beautiful combination of greens, pinks and deeper carmines that marks out the first flush of really powerful colour that comes out here in May. I've attached an image here of my new tulip border, that I planted deep in the midst of last winter, with freezing hands, sure in the knowledge that I would get a sensational blast of colour as the gardening year really gets going this spring. I have to say that I didn't plan for the bright orange ones, but in fact they have been a serendipitous addition that has no doubt been bolder and better than my original choices…
…Edition 8 is being colour balanced and tested today, and will be printed here over the next day or two, and as such will certainly be some variant or version of the latest colour palette for my Rubicon study, which will be suffixed 'viridiflora'. I've yet to nail the exact blend of greens and pinks that I want, but I think it'll resolve shortly. I'm expecting to make the image area about 44cm SQ, in order to provide a good blast of colour, and allow the details to reveal themselves, so I guess the paper size may end up around 50 / 60cm. All will become clear as the work progresses... I hope it has something of a 'parrot' feel, if you're up on your tulip types…”