This 8.5" x 11" painting/collage on paper, "Chester Carlson, Inventor of Xerography", is my contribution to PRINTERESTING's upcoming event, COPY JAM!
On Thursday March 25, PRINTERESTING will host a reception at Philadelphia's Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. This event will coincide with Mark Remarque, the 2010 conference of SGC International, and the city-wide festival Philagrafika 2010.
"COPY JAM!" will be an interactive print event. During the party, fifty works by fifty artists will be displayed in a grid on the wall. Upon arrival, each guest will be handed a complimentary ticket that can be exchanged for one black & white photocopy of any work the guest chooses. There will be no sales; one ticket equals one copy. Copies will be made LIVE in the gallery for one night only!
I tried to make something on paper that would truly be a printing plate for the xerox machine - a piece that was only artwork when it had turned into a contrasty, black and white xerox. And I also wanted to use materials that seemed very inappropriate to the task at hand - a nice chunky painterly collage. The subject matter is a celebration of innovators and thinkers who made xerographic art possible.
So, March 25th, Philadelphia, be there and get a print. It's an open edition, you make the art when you press "print".