Floorboard Plus Four (1/1), 1967
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Collagraph & Watercolor signed
22 x 29 in
The present unique collagraph is an excellent example of Joseph Rozman's pictographic style. The composition is organized like a tiled floor, each square containing an abstracted image or symbol. Around the border, the subjects are readily recognizable: a delivery truck, an airplane, a tank, children with a balloon, etc. They are arranged like Egyptian hieroglyphs to evoke linguistic meaning, but they also read as memories of childhood, evoking toys scattered across the floor. All the while, the subjects acknowledge the anxieties of the 1960s by representing the tools of the Vietnam war. Overall, the print is of its moment, responding to the present while expressing a nostalgia for the past. 22 x 29 inches, artwork 27.5 x 33.5 inches, frame Signed and dated in pencil, lower right Entitled "Floorboard Plus Four" in pencil, lower center Edition 1/1 in pencil, lower left Inscribed "To David Barnett 3/21/73 J Rozman" in pencil, lower right Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting; housed in a modern profile brass-surface aluminium frame.