IPCNY will present Published By The Artist, an exhibition of self-published editions by a varied host of professional printers organized by Brad Ewing and Katie Michel (Planthouse). The works will be on view at 508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, from December 12th through December 17th. All editions are priced at $350 or less, with proceeds of all sales to be shared equally by the artist and IPCNY.
In the words of the Organizers:
Whether levigating stones or exposing screens, throughout art history the printer's apprentice dutifully performed such crucial preparatory tasks, often blackening his hands in the process. The lore of these sullied mitts evolved into a convenient allegory, equating the necessary alchemy that these assistants trafficked in to literally “black arts,” and therefore a stand-in for the mischievous hands of a devil – more often than not in an effort to lay blame when misfortune or calamity struck in the studio.
To this day, this de facto “printer’s devil” remains not only a necessary “evil” within the complex process of realizing editions, but like any behind-the-scenes artisan worth his/her salt, an inherently resourceful maker and self-propagator.
Published By The Artist makes reference to that last, lonely line of an artwork’s didactic listing which confesses its affiliation, not with a gallery or collector, but with its creator, while championing the discipline of such “devils” in allocating the time to cleanse blackened hands and produce their own work – often after hours – harnessing the same rigor and commitment lavished upon the realization of prints by more celebrated artists.