States and Variations

Bodrum, Turkey. September 02, 2015 [121730 MAR 16 Misprint] 2016 Edition: AP 6/9 from an edition of 25 Photoengraving on Hahnemühle paper Photopolymer plate (two per sheet): each 16-7/8 x 23-5/8” Sheet: 22-1/4 x 30-3/4” Publisher: Center for Contemporary Printmaking Printer: Plates prepared by artist and Paul DeRuvo, Connecticut
Bodrum, Turkey. September 02, 2015 [121730 MAR 16 Misprint]
2016
Edition: AP 6/9
Photoengraving on Hahnemühle paper
Photopolymer plate (two per sheet): each 16-7/8 x 23-5/8”
Sheet: 22-1/4 x 30-3/4”

Working with printmaking states and variations processes for the Misprints series. The above photoengraving was made of a work in progress photograph (#misprintstate) that was output to a digital positive film and exposed to two photopolymer plates at various tonal densities. For now I’m doing what Jasper Johns once said – “Do This Or This” with an image, and see what happens.

[#misprintstate]

 

“Bodrum, Turkey. September 2, 2015 [211943 DEC 15 #misprintstate],” 2015.
“Bodrum, Turkey. September 2, 2015 [211943 DEC 15 #misprintstate],” 2015.
“Bodrum, Turkey. September 2, 2015 [221750 DEC 15 #misprintstate],” 2015.
“Bodrum, Turkey. September 2, 2015 [221750 DEC 15 #misprintstate],” 2015.
“Bodrum, Turkey. September 2, 2015 [101516 DEC 16 #misprintstate],” 2016.
“Bodrum, Turkey. September 2, 2015 [101516 DEC 16 #misprintstate],” 2016.
Above are three Misprints that I worked on over a period of two months. These prints only exist as photo documents which I am now calling “#misprintstate“. The prints are made by applying multiple prints on the same plate and using the same source image. In early January I completely sanded down the aluminum plate [101516 DEC 16], and started again to Misprint the same image from the September 2, 2015 event.

[112306 DEC 15 #misprintstate]

“Mosul, Iraq. February 26, 2014 [112306 DEC 15 #misprintstate],” 2015. Inkjet monoprint on film, 16 x 21 inches.
“Mosul, Iraq. February 26, 2014 [112306 DEC 15 #misprintstate],” 2015. Inkjet monoprint on film, 16 x 21 inches.
Source image: Mosul, Iraq. February 26, 2014.

I’ve added “state” to the title of my Misprint to indicate and document the different changes each print is going through. The term is used in printmaking to mark any given stage of the plate before it is reworked.

Another term that has crept in my process is “matrix”, which for printmakers, it means the substrate – the plate or woodblock that produces multiple prints. However, in Misprint, this relationship is somewhat oblique and inverted. The inkjet printer which is capable of producing repeatable, predictable multiple prints is now functioning to produce one print.

Here, I would conflate printmaking “matrix” with U.S. Military use of the term “matrix” which has to do with an “area”, the name of the place, action and time, but above all there is “no prescribed format” in what is expected to occur.

A side note about the title format, specifically between the two brackets, it follows the “date-time group” at which the message was prepared for Misprint.

[232004 DEC 15 #misprintstate]

“Bodrum, Turkey. September 02, 2015 [232004 DEC 15 #misprintstate],”  2015.
“Bodrum, Turkey. September 02, 2015 [232004 DEC 15 #misprintstate],” 2015.
Shown is a recent “#misprintstate” – this piece and a few others have been sanded down and are being reworked again. These 1/4″ aluminum plates have created a new set of problems, and made it difficult to know how the final image will print. But that’s what makes this process so compelling and unpredictable, especially with the new hacked inkjet printer.

Misprints: An Interview with Paul Qaysi – Jadaliyya

Misprints: An Interview with Paul Qaysi – Jadaliyya

November 1, 2015
by Dena Al-Adeeb

"Haditha, Iraq. November 19, 2005 [200818 AUG 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint transparency, 16 x 20 inches.
“Haditha, Iraq. November 19, 2005 [200818 AUG 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint transparency, 16 x 20 inches.

Hacked Inkjet Printer

View of reconfigured inkjet printer, Brooklyn, 2015

View of reconfigured inkjet printer, Brooklyn, 2015
View of reconfigured inkjet printer, Brooklyn, 2015

Finally all three major components – the hacked and reconfigured inkjet printer, the geared stepper motors assembly, and Windows 7 and RIP software – are working together. It is actually beautiful to see.

View of disassembled inkjet printer, Brooklyn, 2015

View of disassembled inkjet printer, Brooklyn, 2015

View of disassembled inkjet printer, Brooklyn, 2015
View of disassembled inkjet printer, Brooklyn, 2015

Pictured above are a few images of the disassembled inkjet printer. This whole process from beginning to end has taken about five months. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friend David, who guided me through all the steps of figuring out how to hack, and completely reconfigure the inkjet printer. I hope to upload a video and “how-to-manual” of all the steps in the process.

Brooklyn studio, 2015.

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The Instability of Perception — Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs

A Panel Discussion Moderated by Exhibition Curator Chương-Đài Võ with Artists Ashley Billingsley and Paul Qaysi and Scholar Gabrielle Starr

February 15, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

DORSKY GALLERY
Curatorial Programs
11-03 45th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Hours
Thursday – Monday, 11:00am – 6:00pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday)

The Instability of Perception Panel Discussion Press Release

"Gaza City, Gaza. July 16, 2014 [290130 DEC 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint transparency in lightbox, 16 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches.
“Gaza City, Gaza. July 16, 2014 [290130 DEC 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint transparency in lightbox, 16 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches.

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An Aesthetics of Slowness — JAN 18

"Gaza City, Gaza. July 8, 2014 [099211 AUG 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint on speckled film, 12 x 12 inches.
Gaza City, Gaza. July 8, 2014 [099211 AUG 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint on speckled film, 12 x 12 inches.
"Gaza City, Gaza. July 8, 2014 [102055 AUG 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint on silver film, 12 x 12 inches.
Gaza City, Gaza. July 8, 2014 [102055 AUG 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint on silver film, 12 x 12 inches.
"Gaza City, Gaza. July 8, 2014 [201008 DEC 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint on speckled film, 33 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches.
Gaza City, Gaza. July 8, 2014 [201008 DEC 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint on speckled film, 33 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches.
"Yahud Monoson, Israel. July 16, 2014 [271155 DEC 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint transparency in lightbox, 16 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches.
Yahud Monoson, Israel. July 16, 2014 [271155 DEC 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint transparency in lightbox, 16 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches.
"Gaza City, Gaza. July 16, 2014 [290130 DEC 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint transparency in lightbox, 16 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches.
Gaza City, Gaza. July 16, 2014 [290130 DEC 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint transparency in lightbox, 16 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches.

Installation at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Studies, New York, 2015

An Aesthetics of Slowness
January 18 – March 29, 2015

Ashley Billingsley, Sandy de Lissovoy, Chris Freeman, Margaret Honda, Paul Qaysi, Frédéric Sanchez, Jeannie Simms, and Brian Wills

Curated by Chương-Đài Võ

Opening Reception
Sunday, January 18, 2:00-5:00 pm

DORSKY GALLERY
Curatorial Programs
11-03 45th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Hours
Thursday – Monday, 11:00am – 6:00pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday)

An Aesthetics of Slowness Press Release
An Aesthetics of Slowness Catalog

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[031000 AUG 14 Misprint]

Bedroom. Haditha, Iraq. November 19, 2005 [022138 AUG 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint, 10 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches.
Bedroom. Haditha, Iraq. November 19, 2005 [022138 AUG 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint, 10 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches.
Bedroom. Haditha, Iraq. November 19, 2005 [031000 AUG 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint, 10 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches.
Bedroom. Haditha, Iraq. November 19, 2005 [031000 AUG 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint, 10 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches.
Bedroom. Haditha, Iraq. November 19, 2005 [031050 AUG 14 Misprint]," 2014. Inkjet monoprint, 10 7/8 x 7 5/8 inches.
Bedroom. Haditha, Iraq. November 19, 2005 [031050 AUG 14 Misprint],” 2014. Inkjet monoprint, 10 7/8 x 7 5/8 inches.
Picking up not where I left off in 2013 but starting again with “Misprints” series. Responding to the material and reworking the process of fixing the image. I used a gold and silver ground for these smaller pieces and as a result took on an unexpectedly atmospheric quality.

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