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The Barber's Dream
  • Fred Stonehouse, artist
    born 1960
    born: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States ; active: United States
    Jonathan Metzger, printer
    born 1985
    born: La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States ; active: United States
  • The Barber's Dream, 2012
  • Where object was made: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • staged aquatint biting, spit biting aquatint, foul biting, soft ground, pink surface roll
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 276 x 375 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 10 7/8 x 14 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 393 x 570 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 22 7/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in
  • Gift of the KU Department of Visual Art, Printmaking Area
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0645
Label Text

Mobile App Exhibition Label:
"Brosseau Center for Learning: Six Degrees of Separation: Prints from KU and Beyond", 04-Jun-2018
Stonehouse’s image features three alien-like figures who emerge from transparent containers against an indistinct, inky background. Each of their faces display bizarre and monstrous features, such as multiple eyes and ears, horns on their heads, and oddly shaped mouths and noses. The way in which Stonehouse utilized the aquatint printing technique, which is a type of etching that produces shaded values and an inky wash effect, strengthens the strangeness and otherness of the peculiar heads represented in the image.