Brian Alfred (American, b. 1974)
Bleachers (33/60), 2012
Hand-printed letterpress print
20 x 26 in
Brian Alfred (American, b.1974) Bleachers 2012 Hand-printed letterpress print Edition of 60 Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil Sheet: 20 x 26 inches (45.72 x 63.5 cm) Letterpress print printed in black, a fine, fresh impression of the only state, the full sheet, printed on 352gsm smooth Avalanche White Crescent Crest DT Cover paper, with margins, hand-signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil by the artist, executed in an edition of 60 examples (there are also 3 numbered Artist Proofs and 1 numbered Hors Commerce proof) each hand-printed by James Lang at Horwinski Printing, Oakland, published by World House Editions, Middlebury, Connecticut, in fine condition, unframed. The artist has said of his newest work: "Recently I have become very interested in auto racing (specifically Formula One) not only in the action, speed, beauty and danger that surrounds it, but also aesthetically. Bleachers is an image in a body of new work that plays with the abstraction of elements in the scenes of these races. Whether it's zooming in on race tracks, simplifying stadium bleachers into positive and negative space, or focusing on parts of the race which are blurred, obscured or passed over, I utilize these images as a vehicle to describe abstraction, reality and the intensity of the moment. There is an inherent beauty, grace and anticipation of the dramatic or catastrophic which creates an electric environment and that has always been something inherent in my work." In October 2012, Bleachers was recreated by Brian Alfred as a wall-size mural in New York on the facade of the East Houston Street location of the high-end retail clothier, Rag & Bone.