Redwood Saw (Special Edition) by Richard Rothman. First edition (2001). First impression. Limited edition of 25 copies. Large format hardback in as new condition. Housed in a clamshell box. Signed by Richard Rothman to title page. Comes with an original exhibition quality print. The print is signed and numbered Richard Rothman on verso. Print size – 30 x 30 cm. Also includes a loosely laid booklet. No markings to book. However, there is a small soft bump to top front corner of the box. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Redwood Saw
So, in the summer of 2004, Richard Rothman travelled west with a 4×5 camera. Here, he explored the remaining fragments of ancient old-growth forests in Northern California. He pitched a tent amid the mammoth stands of redwoods and then began making formal, intricate portraits of the forest. He describes this as ‘the most visually stimulating environment I had ever been in.’ Unexpectedly, he also began developing an interest in the neighboring town of Crescent City. An economically depressed logging and fishing community. Rothman was affected by the town’s architecture, it’s emotional tenor, it’s political and religious culture. Also, the sometimes unconscious relationship that the towns people had with the corralled forest to the east and the Pacific Ocean. This represents the end of the Western frontier.
Furthermore, the contrast between the radical, ornate environment of the forest. And then the trashed, disposable landscape of the town that abutted it became the subject of a more complex project which would take some surprising twists and turns. The body of work, made over a five year period, is gathered together in the artist’s monumental first book, Redwood Saw. This stunning monograph is an ambitious attempt to represent the culture, people, and landscape of Crescent City. Also, by extension, the current American moment. Crescent City is a place that while at one time must have seemed to possess an almost limitless abundance of natural resources; it is revealed here as a compelling as well as dramatic model of a former boom town that staked its future on what can only be described as an ‘unsustainable cultural and economic reality.’
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