Blue Iris, 2017


Multiple plate aquatint etching

30.75 x 31.50 in

78.1 x 80.0 cm

Edition of 30

This work is signed, dated and numbered by the artist on recto and comes with a print documentation certificate detailing the materials, process and publisher.

PRICE: $2,400

30.75 x 31.50 in

78.1 x 80.0 cm

Edition of 30

Unframed: $2,400
Framed: $2,825
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    About The Work

    Wingate Studio is pleased to announce a new etching in collaboration with Robert Kushner created during the summer of 2017. Blue Iris is an embodiment of Kushner’s gestural floral forms and vertical stripes in striking colors, patterns and textures. The five plates inked in cobalt, bleu concentre, turquoise, raw umber, and burnt sienna overlap to form a total of fourteen colors. The artist used soap ground and spit bite to describe cosmic-like explosions juxtaposed with grainy vertical brush marks and soft washes. Colors and textures spill beyond the bounds of their forms, blurring the distinction between figure and ground. Kushner is a veteran printmaker and has an ease and knowledge of etching that is evident in this print.

    Known for his pioneering involvement in the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970’s and ’80’s, Kushner continues to address controversial issues in decoration in a variety of media. Like the work of contemporaries Betty Woodman, Joyce Kozloff and others, his compositions evidence a response to the austere lines and restrained forms of minimalism. At the same time, Kushner incorporates the flattening description of space and objects endemic to that movement. The artist’s early performance works of the 1970’s featured patterned fabric that was ornately collaged and painted. His work in painting, sculpture, collage, print, and mosaic is characterized by colorful abstraction and botanical motifs that draw from non-western decorative arts including Japanese folding screens, Chinese and Japanese sumi ink drawings, and textiles.

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