Johns's earlier drawings and sculptures provide the subject matter for these prints. Starting from a photograph or drawing of the original work, he has extensively reworked and developed the motif using etching, drypoint and aquatint techniques. Johns underscores the metamorphosis that each image undergoes from one medium to another. In 1978 he noted, 'one does the same thing two ways and can observe the differences and samenesses - the stress the image takes in different media'.
Gallery label, August 2004