Jeff Rathermel ~ Minnesota

 
   

Jeff Rathermel: "I am a printmaker, hand papermaker, and book artist. When combined, these disciplines allow me to explore two- and three-dimensional formats, the written word, mark making, repetition, rhythm, symbolism, and the power of visual narrative.

"The concept of time is integral to my work – in particular, the use of this human construct to explain and order the infinite. Defining one’s existence in an endless universe is both an intense need and an unattainable goal. With failure acknowledged and ensured, I seek to describe the indescribable concepts of forever and all through the inadequate tools of words, images, numbers and other symbols.

"My style is characterized by handwork, layered imagery, hybrid print techniques, and the inclusion of tactile elements. The processes used to create pieces are visible in their completed state, documenting time and the evolution of the work. Layers of meaning are created physically with translucent veils or metaphorically by juxtaposing disparate imagery and printmaking methods. Handmade paper provides a textured and patterned surface that may support or alter the definitions of printed images."

   

Infinity Series Volumes 1-7
By Jeff Rathermel
St. Paul, Minnesota: Jeff Rathermel, 2010. Edition of 53.

Comprised of seven volumes
Infinity in 3 Sizes (vol 1)
Alpha & Omega (vol 2)
All / Universe (vol 3)
A Small System of Balance (vol 4)
From 19 to 19 (vol 5)
Small Boxed Eternity (vol 6)
9 Approximations of Forever (vol 7)

$400


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Articulating the Infinite Series:
   
Infinity in 3 Sizes
Articulating the Infinite (vol. 1)

By Jeff Rathermel
St. Paul, Minnesota: 2010, Jeff Rathermel. Edition of 31.

3.625 x 2.625"; 13 cards. Screen prints of the infinity symbol on card stock. Laid in clear acrylic case with removable lid.

Jeff Rathermel: "Even the notion of infinity has varying degrees – a very odd concept. A string of whole numbers is infinite as is a string of even whole numbers, yet the latter represents a 'lesser' infinity. Both are forever."
$19

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Alpha & Omega
Articulating the Infinite (vol. 2)

By Jeff Rathermel
St. Paul, Minnesota: 2010, Jeff Rathermel. Edition of 31.

5.25 x 6.75 x 5" assembled object bookwork. Includes: magnifying glass with metal stand; 2 miniature books. Book details: 1 x 1.5" each; screen prints on found materials; pamphlet bindings. Two metal clasps extend from the apparatus which hold the miniature books.

Jeff Rathermel: "How do we define the beginning of an expanding universe composed of materials we have yet to capture? How can we comprehend an end that yields nothingness? Humans play god and categorize, label and map whatever they can to cope and provide a context for their lives. The small books in this piece provide latitude and longitude coordinates which assisted sailors in locating themselves in vast, dark, and often intimidating seas. The ability to hold the beginning and the end of anything, and know one’s place simultaneously is impossible in life."
$119

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All / Universe
Articulating the Infinite (vol. 3)

By Jeff Rathermel
St. Paul, Minnesota: 2010, Jeff Rathermel. Edition of 19.

3.625 x 4.75" custom cardboard container with four 2.75 x 4" books. Screen and inkjet prints on handmade and commercial papers. Pamphlet bindings.

Jeff Rathermel: "This set of books repeats imagery of a digitally constructed universe. An 'all' created by a series of algorithms and formulas that, with probability, replicates a true universe. The laws of infinity allow for all possibilities."

Rathermel (further thoughts): "This is an editioned companion piece to a larger installation I did of a variety of prints of computer generated universes. I like the idea of being able to create and carry the universe in your pocket – kind of a reference tool of sorts. Maybe even a map. That comes through in the size and wallet-like box. I also wanted to work with a juxtaposition of digital imagery and content derived through cold science and very tactile materials that appeal to the senses. This use of things like handmade paper provides humanity (maybe even a quaintness) and 'grounds' a very complex subject – that being that anything we can imagine is possible with regard to infinity. I think there is also an element of people wanting control over their destiny."
$119


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A Small System of Balance
Articulating the Infinite (vol. 4)

By Jeff Rathermel
St. Paul, Minnesota: 2010, Jeff Rathermel. Edition of 31.

3.625 x 2.625"; 14 cards. Screen prints of the infinity symbol on card stock. Laid in clear acrylic case with removable lid..

Jeff Rathermel: "The concept of 'nothing' is a true constant and fulcrum. In numbers, zero is the only true resting point. To both sides of it are infinite degrees of lesser and greater."
$19


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From 19 to 19
Articulating the Infinite (vol. 5)

By Jeff Rathermel
St. Paul, Minnesota: 2010, Jeff Rathermel. Edition of 53.

5 x 8"; 28 pages. Inkjet and screen prints on paper. Pamphlet binding.

Title page: "19 sets of 361 randomly generated integers arranged in 19 columns and 19 rows. Sets are presented as reformatted pattern blocks and as integers. Random integer sets were generated on December 15, 2010 between 17:01:25 and 17:36:18."

Jeff Rathermel: "As humans, we strive for order and seek patterns in our everyday lives. This book is comprised of 19 sets of 361 randomly generated numbers (19 x 19) arranged in grids, with each number assigned a different pattern. There is no order in any of the pages, yet in viewing the book, we instinctively search for patterns."
$29


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Small Boxed Eternity
Articulating the Infinite (vol. 6)

By Jeff Rathermel
St. Paul, Minnesota: 2010, Jeff Rathermel. Edition of 19.

2 x 2 x 1" container with 3 miniature books and 3 loose prints. Screen and inkjet prints on handmade and commerical papers. Handsewn bindings. Housed in archival box with clear removable lid.

Jeff Rathermel: "As we learn and grow as individuals, our ability to unquestionably embrace the concepts of 'forever' and 'all' is diminished by practicality and rationality. Perhaps those who can best articulate the infinite are the young."

Rathermel (further thoughts): "#6 is more personal and semi-autobiographical – thinking back to a time when I was younger and less skeptical and also more accepting of not making sense of everything. There is text in the books that provide more context in this regard. The eye motif relates to seeing and wanting to understand, the image of the young boy is meant to evoke a sense of naïveté and also vulnerability. Having multiple items – pages, booklets, etc. – in the box is meant to create a more interactive experience for viewers/readers."
$119


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Articulating the Infinite
9 Approximations of Forever [vol. 7]

By Jeff Rathermel
St. Paul, Minnesota: 2010, Jeff Rathermel. Edition of 23.

4.75 x 3.75 x 1.5"; 11 cards. Screen prints on book board. Housed in clear acrylic box with hinged lid.

Jeff Rathermel: "One approximation of forever is as good as another. All are failures – yet they are noble gestures. Some may argue that the individual who approximates forever is as accurate as an individual who admits he cannot."
$19


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