Todd Norsten

Todd Norsten signing Wayland


In spring 2013, Highpoint Editions was delighted to release Wayland, in which screenprinting and lithography simulate tape, scuffs, and dust on paper.

In modern and contemporary painting, tape has been used by artists as a tool for creating crisp edges. Owing to this history, this print is, to Norsten, “a picture of a paint material.” The conceptual basis for the work is rooted in an interest in drawing attention to this sometimes invisible tool. In Wayland, the evocative use of text speaks to the boundary-defining role tape historically served, creating a paradox wherein, as Norsten says, “words that claim to be one thing … are made by something that is designed to be its opposite.”

The edition has sold out, but there are a few unique Trial Proofs available for purchase! Please contact us for more information.

Todd Norsten lives and works in Minneapolis. He holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Norsten has been the recipient of fellowships from Ellen Boetel Steckle, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. He has had solo exhibitions at galleries worldwide including Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN; Federica Schiavo, Rome, Italy; and Adams & Ollman, Portland, Oregon. Norsten has participated in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Arario Museum, Seoul, South Korea; Blondeau Fine Art, Geneva, Switzerland; and International Print Center New York, New York, NY. Norsten’s work resides in numerous public and private collections, including the British Museum, the Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.