Commpattern=Arms with Hearts by Dennis Ray Beall

Commpattern=Arms with Hearts by Dennis Ray Beall

Commpattern=Arms with Hearts

Dennis Ray Beall

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Title

Commpattern=Arms with Hearts

 
Artist

Dennis Ray Beall

  1929 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1963  
Technique
color etching 
Image Size
17 1/4 x 11 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lr 
Edition Size
VIII/X 
Annotations
titled, lc; dated, lr 
Reference
 
Paper
wove Arches 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
DENB146 
Price
$350.00 
Description

The technical skill, keen design eye, and dark humor of printmaker Dennis Beall make this surreal composition at once elegant and intriguingly disturbing. From a distance, “Compattern” resembles a Baroque playing card, and the black-red-white color scheme, sharply embossed edges, and expertly incised textures give the composition the feel of a high-end invitation, as if to welcome the viewer to a debutante's ball.

On closer inspection, chaos ensues. Wild, hair-like fibers collide with mutated shapes as if we are witnessing the destruction of a living thing. Hints of limbs and wings explode outward, yet remain within the refined border of the shaped plate, two perfectly intact hearts untouched in their respective corners. Beall’s works rarely allow the viewer to assume anything, and “Compattern” doesn’t deviate from that notion.

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