JAY HEIKES, 'NIET VOOR KINDEREN' -- Highpoint Editions is honored to present a group of prints resulting from our collaboration with visiting artist Jay Heikes. During the course of Heikes’ project with Highpoint, he explored the idea of the exquisite corpse– a surrealist parlor game–through cyanotype, lithography, and screenprinting. His explorations in printmaking led him from lithography and screenprinting to working by hand with asphaltum, a medium typically applied as a protective coating on etching plates. The resulting prints typify Heikes’ interest in pushing the physical and evocative properties of materials, using them in new and visually powerful ways.
"At various moments throughout his career, Heikes has celebrated both the physical and mystical properties of his materials in an exploration of what might be considered alchemical processes more akin to the natural world than the art world. He has talked about finding a space in his work that is “just beyond corrosion, one of complete alienation between human and material where there are things to be discovered but also the possibility of destruction.” At Highpoint, his elemental investigations led him to asphaltum, a tar-like substance commonly applied to etching plates to protect them from unwanted scratches on the printing surface. Heikes proposed using this non-archival, decidedly untidy, and slightly noxious material in an unorthodox way – as ink -resulting in prints of extraordinary inventiveness and visceral power."
– Betsy Carpenter, Independent Curator
DO HO SUH'S 'KARMA JUGGLER' & 'UNTITLED': Highpoint Editions is thrilled to present our first two lithographs created in collaboration with visiting artist Do Ho Suh: Karma Juggler and Untitled. Through his artistic practice, Suh contemplates fundamental questions which often prove to be the most difficult to answer: who are we, where are we from, and where are we going? The artist’s decidedly karmic approach suggests human interconnectedness and individual identity are linked both spatially and temporally.
The internationally renowned Korean-born artist began his exploration into these complex topics with his drawings. Although Suh is also famous for his sculptures and installations, his drawings are paramount to his unique visual language which has evolved throughout his career. Karma Juggler personifies the many influences and acquired knowledge that inform each person’s perceptions while Untitled poignantly represents the experiences of those who came before us and how each person is differently affected by those influences. The ethereal subject matter and the immediacy of Suh’s drawing style are exquisitely represented in both of these lithographs, exemplified in the medium’s rich tonal range and incredible ability to capture subtle details.
MUNGO THOMSON'S 'FOREST & HUMAN BEHAVIOR': Highpoint Editions announces the release of two new prints resulting from a recent collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Mungo Thomson. Thomson’s work is deeply rooted in the legacy of Conceptual art and often employs a strong connection between language and image. His latest project with highpoint is no exception. Based on Time-Life® books, a popular series of general interest volumes published in the sixties and seventies, the prints focus on two subject areas within the series: Human Behavior (published in 1976) and the Nature Library (published in 1961).
In The Forest and Human Behavior two large screenprints are conceived by the artist as a pair meant to immerse the viewer in the contrast between wilderness and civilization. In Human Behavior, the books’ spines create a dense barrier, while The Forest seems enterable, like a door or window into the natural world. Thomson’s fascination with Time-Life® books, which he regards as a type of proto-internet (a readily available source of a great deal of information) has inspired much of his recent work in other media.