Jacob Rauscher is a
recent Herron grad with a solid command of multiple mediums including
painting—both traditional and digital—as well as lithography.
In the monotype/intaglio print "Rat Race," you see a young woman leaning on an
antique racecar; she's dressed in pastel greens and pinks. Under the woman's
pink high heels, you see another racing car, tiny in comparison to the
woman and apparently on fire, depicted in blending hues of red and yellow.
Rauscher himself claims that this particular work questions the gender
hierarchy—that in the 1930s American women began to overturn the male
domination of society by raw assertions of sexuality in media. You might
dispute this claim, but the larger point is that Rauscher is a painter with
ideas as well as talent. His biggest ideas are of the existentialist
bent, too complex to delve into here. Such ideas often add depth to his
works. His "Children Who Used to Play," a digitally manipulated image, pictures
an empty swing set. The absence in this playground might remind you of your own
children, if you have any, and how they can only be young enough to play there
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