Through his masterful use of ink, oil paint and watercolor, David Rathman confronts iconic emblems and motifs regularly associated with notions of masculinity – the American West, rock and roll, boxing, football and the automobile. This exhibition includes works produced from 1991-2013 and provide a comprehensive overview of Rathman’s output spanning a twenty-two year period.
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. An extensive catalog accompanies this exhibition, including a contextualizing essay by Kris Douglas, Chief Curator, Rochester Art Center, 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. This exhibition is organized by Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota.