Hreppholar IV

Hreppholar IV

1991

Richard Serra

(American, b. 1938)

Gemini G.E.L.

publisher

Etching

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in honor of Brenda and Evan H. Turner 1993.219

Catalogue raisonné: Von Berswordt-Wallrabem Silke 77; Gemino RS90-3171

Description

Between 1989 and 1990, Serra created Afangar, a sculpture on Videy Island, a barren mass off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland. Afangar, which consists of eighteen thin slabs of indigenous basalt installed in pairs, acted as a catalyst for Serra's production of a group of prints that he considers among his most significant work on paper. Although these were Serra's first etchings, he worked
unconventionally, biting thick plates to a depth of 1/16 of an inch. The plates were heavily inked so that the resulting
prints have a rich, black, dense, rough surface that evokes
Iceland's unique landscape. "Piles of lava strata extend to the horizon," describes the artist. "There are no trees. Continuous glacial erosion and volcanic eruptions make for a diversity of geological formations: craters, fissures, fjords.... I was completely taken by the strangeness of the land."

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