Art Fag City at The L Magazine: Print Ain’t Dead

by Paddy Johnson on January 20, 2011 · 1 comment The L Magazine

D. COHEN, A. KOSCHMIEDER, J. WINTER. at Foxy Production. A show exploring material transformation.

It's only a matter of time before art about reproduction becomes so popular it parodies itself. I see a rich future of photocopied and bound dick multiples, redacted government text printed in invisible ink and 3D printer reproductions of art historical works so delicately altered only the artist will be able to locate the change. None of it will be any good. Half of Miguel Abreu’s stable will have to change direction because the backlash will be so severe.
We’re not there yet though, so for the moment, the art worlders investigating the subject are a mounting number of mid-career art makers, generally enjoying a warm reception for this direction. Guyton/Walker, Scott Lyall, and Josh Smith are amongst the better known, though as this month's exhibition at Foxy Production indicates, a number of new comers are throwing their weight around too.This week at The L Magazine I discuss this three person show:

I’ve been thinking a lot about the transformation of materials since seeing Foxy Production‘s three-person show on the subject. Plently of artists turn something into something else:Rachel Whiteread transforms empty space into cast resin sculptures; Lucy Skaer turns a table into a printing device; and Tom Friedman sculpts an aspirin pill into the shape of a head.

Foxy Production’s exhibition (through January 29) doesn’t include any of these established artists: they deal primarily with emerging art that actually emerges. It makes sense then to see newcomers Deville Cohen,Andrei Koschmieder and Joe Winter in the space. Like some of those more established artists mentioned, I vacillate on how meaningful I find these transformations. That all of them employ printing technology seems closer to the connecting tissue here.

I spent the most time with Joe Winter’s installation, in part because it faces the entrance and is the most visible work. Amongst the more dominant pieces, a small printer slowly spits out images of the sky on a desk until it runs out of ink. Beside this an office light similarly drains the color from sheets of construction paper before Winters pins them on a set of semi-enclosed bulletin boards.

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Austinstephons January 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm

The art-worlders will examine the topic has been mounting a number of mid-career producers of art. They tend to enjoy a warm welcome in this direction.

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