Spectacles, Tophats, and Ties Prints September 2017 - September 2018
In 2014-15, Minot State University received a remarkable donation from the internationally known printmaker, David Driesbach. Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, is sponsoring a number of these artworks in a traveling exhibition entitled, Spectacles, Top hats and Ties. A bespectacled top-hatted man holding a wine glass while pedaling a bicycle at night under a crescent moon. A chandelier mysteriously suspended from the sky-an open window with lace curtains billowing white against brick walls. Someone playing a violin. Greek columns, neckties, billboards with enigmatic images, light bulbs and candles-these and many other strange objects and happenings crowd my space and continue a compulsion to create etchings and lithographs.
“I have always admired the prints and drawings of Picasso, Chagall, and Ernst. In artists like Albrect Durer and the Northern Renaissance painters like Van Eyck, Bouts, and Bosch I am fascinated by their microscoptic detail. I am compelled by the brutish naivety of much Medieval Art-their architecture, illuminated manuscripts and iconography. Being primarily a printmaker, technique has always been my obsession.” - DD