United States of America 1925 – 2008


Scrape 1974 Description: Scrape (from Hoarfrost editions)

Collection Title: Hoarfrost editions
Creation Notes: Period of Collaboration: September - December 1974. Right to Print date: 21 September 1974
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, stencil, collage offset lithographic and screenprinted images transferred to a collage of fabric and paper bags Support: China silk, silk chiffon and paper bags
Impression: artist proof VIII
Edition: edition of 32 plus 10 artist's proofs, 4 trial proofs, right to print, printer's proof I, printer's proof II, 3 Gemini impressions, master proof, change inc. proof.
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1974

Edition Notes: Offset printed sunset image and newspaper transferred to chiffon; paper bags glued to China silk with acrylic polymer matte medium; offset printed shell image transferred to pink China silk; silk chiffon glued to pink China silk with acrylic polymer matte medium; offset printed airplane image transferred to pink Chine silk, glued to tan China silk with acrylic polymer matte medium; offset printed stone figure images, ostrich egg and newspaper imagery transferred to tan China silk; tan China silk with airplane image glued to pink China silk with acrylic polymer matte medium. The two holes at the top right and top left were machine-stitched to accommodate nails for hanging. Collaboration and supervision by Ronald McPherson. Processing and proofing by Charles Ritt, Ron McPherson, Barbara Thomason, Jim Webb, Edward Henderson. Printing by Edward Henderson assisted by Serge Lozingot, Edward Hamilton and Bob Bigelow.
Primary Insc: signed, lower right, black ink 'Rauschenberg' dated, lower right, black ink ' '74'
Secondary Insc: inscribed, lower right, black ink 'AP VIII'
Tertiary Insc: RR 74-691
Dimensions: overall 194.3 h x 90.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.1516
Image rights: © Robert Rauschenberg/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy
  • 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.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra