In the series Hoarfrost Editions, printed and published in 1974 by Gemini G.E.L., Rauschenberg extended the notion of variability. The series title refers to the crystalline coating of ice called hoarfrost and evokes the prints' delicacy. Preview features images of a Greek sculpture flanked by two vintage automobiles, icons of different eras. For this print and others in the series, Rauschenberg selected photographs from magazines and newspapers that were enlarged and transferred as images to various fabrics. Subsequently, crumpled newspapers dampened with solvent were placed on top of the printed cloth and run through the press under extreme pressure so that the newspaper ink transferred irregularly and uniquely to each print. Sewn in overlapping layers, the plain-weave textiles — cheesecloth, muslin, silk chiffon, silk crêpe, and silk taffeta — function like multilayer pictures, allowing for alternative readings as the viewer moves or the fabrics shift in response to the slightest breeze.
Airport Series: Cat Paws, 1974
relief and intaglio with collage on fabric
Published by Graphicstudio U.S.F,
National Gallery of Art,
Gift of Graphicstudio/University of South Florida and the Artist, 1986