Intersect: Pass

Released Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pass, by Intersect.
15% of the sale of this print goes to American Forests.

Shannon Rankin and Justin Richel are an artist couple living and working in Rangeley, ME. They both have Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME, and have exhibited their work individually throughout the U.S. and Europe. Intersect is where they come together to make work they would never make on their own.

About the print:
The piece is titled Pass from our recent collaboration as Intersect. The original is an abstract collage composed of gouache painted elements, loosely exploring the idea of surpassing the ordinary in search for a transcendent level of knowledge. This collaboration has provided us with the opportunity to expand our individual processes, allowing for the work to be more open, and more abstract.

Pass is printed on Hahnemühle’s Photo Rag 308 gsm archival fine art paper, with pigment-based Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks. It is guaranteed to last for up to 108 years. Each print was signed and numbered by both artists.


Process image of the scraps and bits we accumulated over the course of our collaboration.

What has inspired you recently?
Living in the country means nature inspires us everyday. We are amazed by watching our garden grow, the migrating birds and other creatures that visit us throughout the year, the stars in the sky, and the dramatic shift of the seasons. We are so fortunate to live here.

Why did you choose to pair American Forests with your print?
We chose to pair our print with American Forests, because living in rural Maine, we see a lot of trees being hauled away daily and this makes us very sad. If only we could all tread a little lighter.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
We believe that art has the ability to inspire positive change in the world, and it is happening right now. Can you feel it?

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
It would have to be Buckminster Fuller for his passion to create a more sustainable planet for the greater good of humanity. His Dymaxion Map reveals our planet as one island in one ocean, reinforcing the elements that connect humanity rather than separate it.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
There are so many out there that we adore, but for this interview we would like to mention a few artists that we know and admire, who live and work right here in Maine: Anna Hepler, Joe Kievitt, Lauren Fensterstock, and Karen Gelardi.

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