United States of America 1925 – 2008
1974 Description: Mule (from Hoarfrost editions)
Collection Title: Hoarfrost editions
Creation Notes: Period of Collaboration: September - December 1974 Right to Print date: 1 December 1974
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, stencil, collage offset lithographic and newspaper images transferred to a collage of fabric and paper bags Support: cheesecloth, muslin, silk, satin
Impression: artist proof IV
Edition: edition of 33 plus 10 artist's proofs, 9 trial proofs, 1 colour trial proof, 1 right to print, 1 printer's proof, 1 printer's proof II, 3 Gemini impressions, 3 special proofs, 1 master proof, 1 Change Inc. proof
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1974
The Hoarfrost editions series, created at Gemini GEL, is named after the thin layer of ice that forms on cold surfaces. The series was inspired by Rauschenberg’s observation of printmakers using ‘large sheets of gauze ... to wipe stones and presses ... and hung about the room to dry’. By using transparent layerings of material, Rauschenberg allows the viewer to both look at and look through the work − to see both the positive space and the negative space, including the environment behind the work. Everyday objects, such as collaged paper bags, are in sophisticated contrast with the ghostly imprinted imagery and the folds and layers of the delicate fabric.
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