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Weekly Art Hit: ‘Untitled Woodcut #10’ by Gary Groves

Artist Gary Groves created a series of prints related to the glacial erratic rocks of Eastern Washington and how they impact the landscape. As we teeter on the brink of a new year, these images recall other cliffs that linger in our collective psyches.

In describing this particular artwork, Untitled Woodcut #10 (2001), the artist writes, “I find the strong graphic quality of this medium especially fitting for creating a feeling for the surfaces, mass, and character of these ancient glacial rocks of Eastern Washington. These are the oldest objects we have to remind us of the earth’s age and geological history.

This image has a certain aspect that I find intriguing.  It is as if the two opposing rocks are challenging each other, creating a tension that seems to energize the space separating them.  This is an example of what I am looking for, possibilities that reveal themselves in the process, taking the original subject to another level.”

 The artwork is included in Seattle City Light’s 1% for Art Portable Works Collection.

IMAGE: Gary Groves, Untitled Woodcut #10, 2001, woodcut print on paper 4/20.