Highpoint Editions is pleased to announce our latest publication: Anti-Retro, an edition of 20 screenprints created in collaboration with artist Andrea Carlson. This edition is the first in a series of three Carlson anticipates to complete with Highpoint Editions. Anti-Retro showcases Carlson’s interest in stories surrounding objects, and their connection to cultural narratives and exchange. Against the backdrop of Mountains and a seemingly endless seascape, the viewer finds references of Western genre imagery with fighting cowboys and a perpetually falling horse inspired by the documentary Mondo Cane (1962). The far right of the print depicts the cottonwood tree from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, planted in honor of Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Oaks. To the far left sits the Little Spirit Cedar Tree of Grand Portage, Minnesota.
Carlson notes: “waterways are historically conduits for trade, interaction, and conflict, and are allegorically referenced in my work for their role in aiding the fluidity and continual change of culture. he objects, figures and texts are displayed hovering like icons, floating and centered on the page. As these objects dangle over uncanny seashores, the shore rises up, fluid, all-consuming and assimilating representing the potential for all histories to be folded back into the earth.”