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Ross Bleckner

D Loop, 2002

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Lot 29
Color aquatint with spitbite aquatint and chine collé on Somerset paper
18.0 x 18.0 in (45.7 x 45.7 cm)
Artist's Proof outside main edition of 20
Signed and dated in pencil on lower left, recto; numbered in pencil with publisher's chop lower right, recto


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Ross Bleckner draws inspiration from science, psychology, and his own personal experience. The title of this print refers to a displacement loop in molecular biology, in which the structure of a double-stranded DNA is separated by a third strand; notably, this formation is especially useful in the process of DNA repair. Here three zigzags recall the molecule’s helix, a microscopic detail of the human body enlarged and abstracted in vivid blue and yellow.

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About Ross Bleckner

Ross Bleckner (American, b. 1949) is an artist who currently lives and works in New York. He studied at New York University with Sol LeWitt and Chuck Close before earning his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1973. His work is largely based on the exploration of change, loss, and memory, often addressing the subject of AIDS. In 2009, he was the first artist to be awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations.