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David Rathman

David Rathman at work

David Rathman

Dangles and Snipes

Highpoint Editions is delighted to present Dangles & Snipes, a suite of ten prints created in collaboration with artist David Rathman.

As Kris Douglas, chief curator of Rochester Art Center writes, “Through his masterful use of [the medium] Rathman confronts iconic emblems and motifs regularly associated with notions of masculinity. his works present themselves as fractured narratives—a singular, crucial moment of action in an otherwise protracted story that has been gradually unfolding out of view.”

With this work, imagery is drawn from moments of heightened intensity in hockey, a sport Rathman finds aesthetically fascinating. In the artist’s words, the suite represents “a big, rough, exciting spectacle rendered in miniature.”

“Team Gorman” and “Miller Trucking”

David Rathman returned to Highpoint Editions during summer 2011 and finished up work on a spectacular large-scale diptych of a demolition derby car and truck. The images are lithographs in black and are hand water-colored by the artist. Both vehicles are tiled into multiple prints, emphasizing their quirky, deconstructed/ reconstructed quality and the scale reflects the physicality of their subjects. A variant edition of seven unique diptychs has been produced and will be released this Fall 2011. The car and truck are available separately, or as a set.

Those familiar with Highpoint Editions will remember Rathman’s Five New Etchings (sold out) from 2002; a suite of intaglio prints featuring Western scenes and darkly humorous bits of text. More recent prints created in 2009 at HP include etchings: “It seldom matters, the words you say” and “The way we get by.” A limited number of these prints are still available; contact HP for current availability and pricing.

“It seldom matters, the words you say” and “The way we get by”

David Rathman returned to Highpoint’s printshop in June 2009. Those familiar with Highpoint Editions will remember his Five New Etchings from 2005, a suite of intaglio prints featuring Western scenes and darkly humorous bits of text. One of his new prints is a muted spit bite etching that revisits this Western imagery. In it, two cowboys move through an austere landscape with the phrase “It seldom matters, the words you say” hovering in the space above them. A second etching combines spit bite, scraping, burnishing, roulette and drypoint in a gritty image of two battered cars stacked in a junk yard; floating above the cars is the phrase “The way we get by”. Rathman is also currently at work on a large-scale diptych of demolition derby cars. Both vehicles will be tiled into multiple prints, emphasizing their quirky, reconstructed quality.

Five New Etchings 2002

The first project published by Highpoint Editions was David Rathman’s Five New Etchings in 2001. This suite of intaglio prints features silhouetted scenes from the “Old West”, annotated with darkly humorous text. An experienced printmaker in his own right, Rathman used a wide range of intaglio techniques to create these five editions, including sugarlift, spitbite, aquatint, and drypoint.

This suite of five prints is no longer available for purchase through Highpoint.

About the Artist

David Rathman lives and works in Minneapolis. He received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Rathman was the recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship in 1992, McKnight Foundation Fellowships in 1993 and 2000 and a Minnesota Book Award in 2000. He has had solo exhibitions at Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY; Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Clementine Gallery, New York, NY; and Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN. He has participated in group shows at Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Cohan and Leslie, New York, NY; and Clementine Gallery, New York, NY. Rathman’s work has been placed in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Stanford University and the Walker Art Center.