The following was written by Cori Burton, WPG’s spring intern from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). You can see Deron’s print “Different by Design” in the Impressions From the Press Room exhibition, and there are more to view in the bins and Flat Files.
From far away, Deron DeCesare’s prints look like photographs. The rendering of the landscapes he portrays is so detailed, it seems as though no leaves on the trees are left out, or he somehow managed to capture every blade of grass in a field. It isn’t until the viewer gets close to the print that he sees that DeCesare has mastered the skill of using the right mark-making techniques to suggest the environments he describes.
In Area Boundary (2009), DeCesare uses blunt painterly marks to evoke the leaves of evergreen trees, which is contrasted against the straight jagged lines of the fence in the foreground of the piece. As the viewers eye travels back into the landscape, DeCesare gives less detail, with quick sketchy lines and blurry tone channeling the mountains in the background.
This technique of suggesting objects by using different mark making approaches works very well with his subject matter. In View From the Top (2009), the image is of two figures standing atop of a mountain and looking down to the environment below them. To render the environment below, DeCesare uses obscure marks that are not very distinguishable from one another. What this does is further put the viewer at the top of the mountain as well, looking down with the two figures at this blurry small place below them.
Another element of DeCesare’s prints that makes them so alive and believable is the movement he creates with expressive mark making. In Whiteout (2009), DeCesare compellingly uses a sweeping or dusting effect to make the atmosphere of the snowstorm portrayed seem real, and all the more troublesome for the figure skiing in it. Overall, Deron DeCesare has proved confidently that he has mastered the technique of intaglio and monotype printmaking. He can transform the process and materials into what he wants them to become, which is truly admirable.