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Artist: Dorothea Rockburne, Canadian, active in the United States, born 1932

Locus

1972

Six etchings with aquatint, printed on paper folded before going through the press

Sheet: 101.6 x 76.2 cm (40 x 30 in.) (each). Frames for .1 and .2
Arthur Fleischer, B.A. 1953, LL. B. 1958, Purchase Fund.
1984.33.1-.6

<P>From the exhibition <EM>Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Galler</EM>y:</P>
<P>In this work, Dorothea Rockburne created lines through printing and folding. First, she etched gray lines into a copper plate and printed them on a sheet of paper, which she then folded along those lines. The folded paper was then run through an inked aquatint plate, giving the work its tone and texture. The pressure of the etching process embossed the folds, creating a sculptural quality that defies the flatness of the paper. Rockburne called the work <EM>Locus</EM> because "the generat&shy;ing point is in the center and the spines move along the center." Although <EM>Locus</EM> is not from the Vogel Collec&shy;tion---and indeed the Vogels rarely acquired works of its size due to the space constraints of their apartment---it is an investigation of process, material, and close look&shy;ing, reflecting the Vogels' sensibilities.<BR></P>

Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Status: 
Not on view
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