From the Artist
“The print, Untitled, is the focus and magnification of a thread that has run through my work over the entirety of my career; the combination of two diametrical forces that create one complete, unnamed feeling.”
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About the Artwork
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“The result is a chord of major and minor notes, a flavor that is salty and sweet, or an animal that is soft and dangerous. In this print I used black freehand lines butted against colorful geometric abstraction to evoke a feeling that is more salient and dynamic than either form could evoke on its own.”
In Untitled, painter Dana Oldfather splits the composition horizontally between two very different types of images. The top portion has abstracted geometry of bright bursts of color. The lower half shows gestural black lines sprawling and spiraling in patterns that approach the veins of a leaf or the scales on a fish. This flat, black and white drawing contrasts dynamically with the abstraction above. The artist likens the tension created by the contrasting image to the concurring emotions we experience.
About the Process
Haystack works with both traditional printmakers and digital printers to ensure each artist’s print reflects the most important aspects of their studio practice. Untitled was printed in collaboration with the artist and Forth Estate at Axelle Editions (a renowned printmaking studio active from 2005 – 2015). Each print was created by silkscreen printing (also known as serigraphy). This method requires stenciling techniques wherein ink is pressed onto paper through deliberately exposed areas of a mesh screen one color at a time.