The work of artist David Kish is now on display in the Tucson International Airport (TIA) Upper Link Gallery through June 18, 2010. Featured is the saguaro rubbing series, pastel and charcoal on translucent bond paper; and the bobbing series, pastel, ink and graphite on drawing paper.
In his description of this project Mr. Kish states, "In these drawings of saguaros, I've tried to render that which is solid, craggy, glacial and defensive with rubbings that are soft, fun, transient and welcoming. I believe in the power of opposites, and getting close and personal with these fantastic plants was an experience full of contradictions, both humbling and exhilarating."
History has records of rubbings dating back at least 1,500 years. From 6th century Chinese Rubbings of stone carvings to medieval European brass rubbings of statues and crests, to Victorian tombstone rubbings to the human body rubbings of modern icons like Jasper Johns.
The medium has proven to transcend time. For example, early rice paper rubbings of ancient Buddhist texts carved into stone now preserve more information than the eroded stones themselves.
Mr. Kish is a Tucson-based, multi-media artist and designer with degrees in architecture and economics from Lehigh University. He creates, publishes, and exhibits a wide range of work including architectural maquettes, editorial essays, illustrations, fine art and a popular weekly cartoon strip. He also teaches at The Drawing Studio in downtown Tucson.