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Direct gravure etching on twenty-four copper plates printed on sheets of gampi paper, joined and backed with sekishu kozo paper. Printed by Paul Mullowney and Harry Schneider, assisted by Alejandra Arias Sevilla in a numbered edition of 10 plus 3 proofs. Signed and numbered on the recto in pencil. Co-published by Mullowney Printing, Portland and San Francisco, and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco. Sheet: 102 x 72 inches.
About White Out: A Monumental Arch to American History
Sandow Birk’s White Out: A Monumental Arch to American History imagines a “remix” of American history that exclusively depicts the achievements of BIPOC individuals and communities. Birk’s timeline begins with the indigenous Hopewell tribes of the Great Plains region circa 800 BCE and carries into our contemporary moment in which critical conversations around race and inclusion are more vital than ever. At 102 x 72 inches, White Out is Birk’s largest gravure to date, and this monumental scale reflects the work’s truly expansive chronology. In revisiting the imagined architecture of Albrecht Durer’s epic woodcut, The Triumphal Arch of Maximilian (1515) – the source inspiration for Birk’s now iconic Monument to the Constitution of the United States (2011 – 2012) – White Out asks us to reconsider our shared “foundational” history as one built, formed, and shaped by people of color.