David Rathman

David Rathman at work

“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.

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.