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Furrows, Plate V of a suite of five

Accession Number
1996/2.43.5

Title
Furrows, Plate V of a suite of five

Artist(s)
Terry Winters

Object Creation Date
1989

Medium & Support
woodcut on cream wove paper printed from two woodblocks

Dimensions
26 15/16 x 21 7/16 in. (68.3 x 54.4 cm);32 1/8 x 26 1/8 in. (81.5 x 66.2 cm);26 15/16 x 21 7/16 in. (68.3 x 54.4 cm);25 1/2 x 19 5/8 in. (64.7 x 49.7 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Wendy and Jeffrey Roth

Label copy
In his portfolio of woodcuts Furrows, Winters uses ambiguous biomorphic forms that reflect the artist’s love for science and appreciation of its rich abstract possibilities. The focus of this large composition is a symmetrical, vaguely botanical form which resembles a microscopic specimen magnified many times. Its off-center placement creates tension within the design.
Winters is also interested in creating ambiguities in the relationship between figure and ground. This work was printed from two woodblocks, one bearing the carved figure. The surfaces of both blocks, when inked and printed on the paper, left the pattern of their wood grain, with the grain of one block going in the opposite direction from the grain of the other block. These intersecting patterns confuse the figure/ground relationship and create complexities in an ostensibly simple design.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Keywords
abstraction
modern and contemporary art

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