Mad Dash (9/12), 1972
Original lithograph, signed lower right
10 x 8 in
'Mad Dash' is a print that exemplifies the work of Joseph Rozman during the 1970s, moving beyond the playful pictographs of the previous decade and morphing into an increasingly surreal and psychedelic style. The print emphasizes negative space, filling the margins of the paper with black ink and leaving the central composition white. Within this white field is a figure in metamorphosis, teetering between plant, animal and man-made forms. The primary motif of the composition, however, is the cloud: a lobed cloud-form frames the central figure in a field of white, while smaller clouds dance in a line in the black margins. Like the central figure, clouds are in constant fluxus and never maintain the same shape for long. 10 x 8 inches, artwork 21.25 x 18.5 x 1.75 inches, frame Signed and dated in pencil, lower right Entitled "Mad Dash" in pencil, lower center Edition 9/12 in pencil, lower left Inscribed in pencil on reverse "Happy Birthday to David [Barnett] 2/22/73 J. Rozman 73 Your friend + 1st artist Best wishes" Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting and Museum Glass to inhibit fading and reduce glare. Housed in a modern profile silver gilded frame. Artwork in excellent condition; some wear to frame.