Via Carbon Paper

2012/Ongoing

“The authenticity of a thing is the essence of all that is transmissible from its beginning, ranging from its substantive duration to its testimony to the history which it has experienced.”

– Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

 

Via Carbon Paper - Spot painting #01, 2017
Spot painting #01
, 2017
Carbon paper impression on wallpaper sample
44×44 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Spot painting #02, 2017
Spot painting #02
, 2017
Carbon paper impression on wallpaper sample
44×44 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Spot painting #03, 2017
Spot painting #03
, 2017
Carbon paper impression on wallpaper sample
44×44 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Critique of cynical reason (after Sloterdijk), 2017
Critique of cynical reason (after Sloterdijk)
, 2017
Carbon paper impression on wallpaper sample
44×44 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Six memos (after I. Calvino), 2017
Six memos (after I. Calvino)
, 2017
Carbon paper impression on wallpaper sample
44×39 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Untitled (The original), 2016
Untitled (The original)
, 2016
Used carbon paper and permanent marker
29,5×21 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Original (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2016Via Carbon Paper - Original (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2016Via Carbon Paper - Original (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2016
Original (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2016
Wallpaper samples with carbon paper impression and black permanent marker
27 samples with 40,5×30,5 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Via carbon paper (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014Via Carbon Paper - Via carbon paper (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014Via Carbon Paper - Via carbon paper (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014
Copy-paste (Sheet 1, 14 and 27), 2016
Wallpaper samples with carbon paper impression and black permanent marker
27 samples with 40,5×30,5 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Via carbon paper (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014Via Carbon Paper - Via carbon paper (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014Via Carbon Paper - Via carbon paper (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014
25×29 cm (Sheet 1, 14 and 27), 2016
Wallpaper samples with carbon paper impression and black permanent marker
27 samples with 25×29 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Via carbon paper (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014Via Carbon Paper - Via carbon paper (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014Via Carbon Paper - Via carbon paper (Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014
Via carbon paper 
(Sheet 1, 15 and 27), 2014
Millimetric paper sheets with carbon paper impression and blue permanent marker
27 sheets with 20,5×30,5 cm

Via Carbon Paper - Original and copy of I will not make any more commissioned art, 2014
Original and copy of I will not make any more commissioned art, 2014
Installation

Under the following of John Baldessari’s emblematic work, I will not make any more boring art, 1971, this project consists in a copy-machine, installed in the exhibition space, taking copies of one sentence written with carbon paper on millimeter paper. The sentence to be copied is the title: I will not make any more commissioned art. The written sentence is kept by the exhibiting institution as documentation of the project. Every time this work is exhibited the sentence is written on a new paper with a similar presentation, thus, highlighting the tautological production and presentation of this project. The machine is provided by the exhibiting institution or rented for exhibition purposes.

Using the carbon paper to write the sentence (by transferring the ink to the millimeter paper) is a form of manufactured copy. This manufactured original copy is then replicated hundreds of times by the copy-machine. The copy device works with no paper support so that the copies made are thrown by the machine and accumulated on the exhibition floor. This paper accumulation allows the public to walk over the printed sentence, thus, giving the viewer the opportunity to “contemplate contempt” over one’s production. The machine is programmed once or twice a day to take the maximum number of copies possible until it stops copying, an error occurs or any other malfunction happens with the copy device. All copies can be picked up and kept by viewers enabling the work as a democratic device of artistic mass production. All copies which are not kept by viewers are stacked and stocked in piles next to the copy-machine and kept afterwards by the institution that exhibited the work.