The Hoarfrost Series

Robert Rauschenberg

"You can't make either life or art, you have to work in the hole in between, which is undefined." - Robert Rauschenberg

From collage and assemblage to screenprint, solvent transfers and rubbings, Rauschenberg constantly pursued new techniques for bringing everyday images and objects into the space of fine art. In the 1970s, the artist was inspired to create a new process of image transfer in his Hoarfrost series after an experience in a printing studio. After a lithography stone is used to transfer an image on to a print, cheesecloth is often used to clean it. Many times, traces of the image will remain on the cloth. This ghostly impression inspired Rauschenberg and he began replicating it in his Hoarfrost series by using solvents to transfer images from magazines and newspapers on to different kinds of fabrics.