Opening on September 13, 2013, Rochester Art Center will present the first survey exhibition of Minneapolis-based artist David Rathman. Including works produced from 1991-2013, this exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the artists’ output spanning a twenty-two year period. Through his masterful use of ink, oil paint, and watercolor, Rathman confronts iconic emblems and motifs regularly associated with notions of masculinity—the American West, rock and roll, boxing, football, and the automobile. Frequently incorporating text and image, his works present themselves as fractured narratives—a singular, crucial moment of action in an otherwise protracted story that has been gradually unfolding out of view. His protagonists seem to be caught in a moment of reflection or introspection, showing, at times, signs of fragility—answering for things they have done or responding to the things done to them, standing proudly firm or humbly making amends. With intertwining themes of melancholy, failure, mortality, and nostalgia, Rathman’s work examines and confronts the nuanced conditions and associated histories of learned gender roles.
David Rathman lives and works in Minneapolis. He received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1982. Rathman was the recipient of a Bush Foundation fellowship in 1992, McKnight Foundation Fellowships in 1993 and 2000, and a Minnesota Book Award in 2000. He has had solo exhibitions at Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY; Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Clementine Gallery, New York, NY; and Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN. He has participated in group shows at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Cohan and Leslie, New York, NY; and Clementine Gallery, New York, NY. Rathman’s work in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Stanford University, and the Walker Art Center.
An extensive catalog will be produced in association with the exhibition. Joining a contextualizing essay by Kris Douglas, Chief Curator, Rochester Art Center, there will be an interview with the artist by Siri Engberg, Curator, Walker Art Center, and an essay by Minnesota writer Brad Zellar.
David Rathman: Stand By Your Accidents is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.
Image: David Rathman, Above Ground, 2002, ink on paper, 22 x 25 inches.
Source: Rochester Arts Center / Baret News Wire