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Dorothea Rockburne , b. Oct 18, 1932
printed by Jeryl Parker


30 in. x 39 3/4 in. (76.2 cm x 100.97 cm)

Medium and Support: Relief etchings and aquatint on folded Strathmore 100% rag bristol paper
Credit Line: Gift of Henry R. Silverman, by exchange
Accession Number: 1983.46.1-6


Gallery label from Light/Dark, White/Black, January 17 - July 31, 2016

Dorothea Rockburne began her artistic career as a sculptor in the late 1960s, following the heyday of the Minimalist movement. In her print series Locus, Rockburne approaches white with reductivist intentions and uses it as a means of highlighting the intricacies of form. Folding the paper into seemingly random, yet precisely calculated, shapes before running them through the etching press, she created hybrid works that not only manifest on both sides of the paper, but also blur the boundaries between prints and sculpture. While each of the six etchings is an independent piece, together they form a complex spatial system—as alluded to by the title, Locus—which, due to the monochromatic blankness of the composition, is entirely self-referential.

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