Copying14. 12. 2017 - 07. 01. 2018
Printeresting is a collaborative project founded and organized by Amze Emmons, RL Tillman and Jason Urban in 2008. The goal of Printeresting, which originally existed as an art blog, was to analyse the role of print in contemporary culture, drawing new connections between art, design and current events. The blog aimed to reframe the discourse surrounding the fine art print, by clarifying the many ways in which print is central to contemporary art.
For seven years, the Printeresting art blog was a multifaceted site, posting over 2000 texts with the help of nearly a dozen guest contributors. On 24 April 2015, Printeresting halted regular blog posting to focus on producing events, publications and exhibitions that forge new relationships between the actual and virtual worlds, and to allow more time to develop projects that spring from the core principles of research, community and collaboration. They discussed new models for bringing together printed, online and real world activities into singular thematically focused projects. To that end, they launched a month-long confluence called GHOST in October 2015.
The changes in the range of activities are partly the result of their own design and partly due to the rapidly changing nature of the media and economics surrounding arts writing and arts producing, and to the increasingly porous boundaries between the formerly distinct fields of artist, curator and critic. They leverage this ambiguity strategically, since it allows them the flexibility to best further their mission.
About the Copying project
We have been thinking a lot about copying.
Copies and 'print-outs' do a great deal to confound print artists and confuse lay peoples' understanding of what exactly a fine art print is. We are curious if that perceived weakness might actually provide a path to a previously unseen strength.
With that in mind, we are reaching out to artists who are already looking into related questions in their work. We have asked these artists to address something that in some way explores the notion of 'copying' and to adopt a final form that would also embody that question, so all participants were constrained to use mundane printing equipment.
What you see before you is the result of those investigations into 'copies' and what it means to copy or to make a copy.
We hope that this project raises as many questions as it answers.
We hope that this project raises as many questions as it answers
Participating artists: Kate Bingaman-Burt, Tate Foley, JULM (Jason Urban & Leslie Mutchler), Leah Mackin, Test Print (Amze Emmons), Garret Orr, Nez Pez, Nika Rupnik, Grace Synder, RL Tillman, Breanne Trammell