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Item Name: Print
Title: Flocked Bunnies
Maker: David Thauberger
Year: 1977
Country: Canadian
Materials: flocked serigraph
Measurements: in frame: 74 cm x 56 cm; work: 73.5 cm x 54.5 cm
ID Number: ART 038
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: David Thauberger often uses unconventional materials in his artwork such as Letraset and glitter. This silkscreen print features a technique in which velvet fuzz, or flocking, has been added to parts of the print emphasizing the black fur of the rabbits in the image. Although a group of rabbits is usually termed a fluffle or colony, the title of this image, “Flocked Bunnies” is a playful reference to both the grouping of the rabbits, and the velvet texture added to the print. Thauberger’s composition of nine identical black and white rabbits symmetrically arranged into a grid shares a visual similarity to Pop Art prints by Andy Warhol which featured banal subject matter such as soup can labels or movie star portraits, and were also printed using an industrial silkscreen process. David Allan Thauberger (1948 – ) is an artist who has contributed greatly to the promotion and preservation of Canadian heritage and folk art in Saskatchewan. He was born in Holdfast and studied ceramics at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, earning his BFA (1971). The ceramic “Funk Art” sculptor David Gilhooly inspired Thauberger and other artists of his generation to create artwork based on their personal experience and geographical region. Thauberger earned his MA (1972) from California State University and then an MFA (1973) in Missoula, Montana before returning to Regina. Over his career, David Thauberger’s work as an artist, collector, educator, and philanthropist have been recognized with the Order of Canada (2008), the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Artist Award (2009), the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2012), and the Queen's Diamond Medal (2012). He has exhibited internationally, and his work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery (Ottawa) and CocaCola (USA).