Archive for March, 2012

Hybrid Moments

Posted in 2012, Surface Disruption with tags , , on March 26, 2012 by drawingsubscription

Modernity, and the commensurate genesis of institutional thought/practice which followed, provided us with the notion of utopian social structures which we both created and are subjected to.  An untenable and fallacious corporate/nation-state of humanity’s seeming perfection, culminating in some of mankind’s greatest achievements and greatest horrors.  We unlocked the atom, the very building blocks of the universe, only to turn and unleash it upon ourselves through the Atomic Bomb. Only humanity could conceive of utilizing the very structure of the universe to de-construct itself in one of the most violent events imaginable.

Our greatest asset will always be our largest handicap. Our humanity is neither intelligent nor selfless enough to deal with its own advances. That is what makes Post-modernity an interesting place.  In showing respect toward the advances of Modernity, but with a keen sense of its own failures we have placed ourselves in a location of in-between. In this, we have managed to hybridize our existence.

Thinking about Surface Disruption, and thinking about how it relates to collapsing the pervasive and lingering consciousness of Modernity, it has generated an interesting space affecting the other work happening in the studio. A coming together of the reverence for these failed notions while still articulating something of their original message. All with full understanding of the inherent limitations of ideals and the constant state of flux which alters everything, making the immediate past a thing of mourning and veneration…until the next thing takes its place.

So: “If you’re gonna scream, scream with me. Moments like this never last…”


Posted in 2012, Surface Disruption on March 19, 2012 by drawingsubscription

Surface Disruption, Vincent Como, Drawing Subscription

Surface Disruption 03 has now made its way out of the studio to the 2012 subscribers!  This series is Toner on Vellum, folded with archival double-sided tape.  All works begin with an 8.5 x 11 inch page of perfect black space, which then succumbs to the weight of its own history, collapsing the purity of the monochrome surface.  (ed 12/12 pictured)

New Edition from Kayrock Screenprinting

Posted in Other Blackness with tags , , , on March 8, 2012 by drawingsubscription

I had a great time with the fine people of Kayrock Screenprinting yesterday.  I was invited to produce an edition for an upcoming exhibition about prints which Karl is putting together.  I decided on a piece which fulfills my desire to make the world a blacker place, and references the process of its own printing.  We used a really sweet deep-dark graphite ink underneath two layers of heavy Channel Black with a silica flattening agent.  The graphite makes the edges pop just a bit and the black space came out nice and super-flat so it could suck the light out of the room. I’ll post an update once the prints are officially made available for purchase and when the exhibition is opening in a couple months.  Proper documentation will also come later, but for now, enjoy some pics from the printing.

Kayrock Screenprinting, Vincent Como, Editions

Looking at Different Inks

Kayrock Screenprinting, Vincent Como, Editions

Straining the Ink for Better Results

Kayrock Screenprinting, Vincent Como, Editions

Karl and Eli Printing

Kayrock Screenprinting, Vincent Como, Editions

Realizing Void

Kayrock Screenprinting, Vincent Como, Editions

Proofing the Infinite

Kayrock Screenprinting, Vincent Como, Editions

Drying in the Racks