Altars 1, 2017, Shaped-Plate Etching with Aquatint  
Durham Press is pleased to present a beautiful new group of intaglio prints by Michael Heizer, titled Altars. While Heizer is best known for his large, monumental works, Altars features some of his signature imagery on a more intimate scale.
Altars is a portfolio of twelve prints measuring 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches each and is made in an edition of 15. Each of the prints depicts two discrete shapes in neat vertical alignment. Also serving as the basis for massive steel sculptures that were exhibited in 2015 at Gagosian Gallery, New York, these shapes recall rudimentary tools or ideographic letters and have been compared to cattle brands. For the sculptures, Heizer coated the forms with glossy white polyurethane, detailed them with screenprinted abstracted imagery, and propped them on angles over weathering steel. The prints, however, present the marks in a simplified, unadulterated state. Each mark was made from a separate, custom-cut copper plate that was inked but wiped almost completely clean before printing, leaving only a ghostly tint in the embossed area. The minimal composition emphasizes the primal, preliterate power of these shapes. At the same time, it highlights the texture of the handmade paper, and the arrangement and repetition of the marks suggests a system of language and typography.
Altars is sold as a set or as individual prints and is available directly through Durham Press. For more information about these prints and others by Michael Heizer, contact
Gwyneth Fearnhead

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