Durham Press proudly presents two new editions from Michael Heizer, each 46 inches square on Arches Aquarelle 356 gram Cold Press paper. Post Historic Screenprint No. 1 and Post Historic Screenprint No. 2, which combine 22 and 33 individual screens, respectively, are available in editions of 40.
Initially conceived during a session at Durham Press in 2000, Post Historic Screenprints No. 1 & No. 2 were completed after several trips to Heizer’s studios in Nevada this past year. The prints build upon the imagery and themes that have concerned Heizer throughout his career. Considered a pioneer of Land Art with Double Negative (1969-70), and City (on which he has been working since the early 1970s), Heizer primarily works sculpturally outside of typical museum and gallery spaces with excavation, boulders and construction machinery. His recent sculpture, Levitated Mass, built for the grounds of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, drew wide attention not only for its awe-inspiring beauty, but for its incredible year-long transport and installation.
Like many of his sculptures, these screenprints are inspired by ancient forms – stones, tools, and the architecture and planning of pre-Columbian sites – as well as Minimalist abstraction. His sculptural work calls attention to the ironic relationship between monumentality and capriciousness, which is reimagined here on paper. In Post Historic Screenprints No. 1 & No. 2, the formal composition of the seemingly aged and immutable objects contrasts with the quick, graffiti-like marks that surround and cover them. Artifacts are offhand, and the offhand is made to endure.
Michael Heizer was born in Berkeley, CA, in 1944, the son of an archaeologist. Since the late 1960s, he has been known as one of the most original and innovative artists in the world. His first collaboration with Durham Press, the Offering series, was completed in 1992. Heizer currently lives in the Nevada desert, where he continues to work on City, an enormous (approximately one third square mile) sculpture, supported by the Dia and Lannan Foundations and due for completion in the next couple of years. A major exhibition is planned at Gagosian Gallery in New York in 2015.