We are creating a body of prints that illustrates the space between the two places where we work, both the physical & mental space.
By creating & exchanging instructions, and creating & exchanging prints made from these instructions, we are establishing endpoints in lines that cross the space between us. The specific method is below.
Lara makes instructions & mails the instructions to Florian.
Lara makes a print from her instructions, Florian makes a print from Lara's instructions.
Florian mails Lara the print he made.
Lara inspects Florian’s print, then modifies her instructions & mails them to Florian.
Lara makes a second state of her print from her instructions, Florian makes a second state of his print from Lara's instructions.
At the same time, Florian makes instructions & mails them to Lara, they repeat the same steps with their roles reversed.
The disconnection of instructions from execution is a bit like making an intaglio plate, then putting it through the
press, where interpretation takes place between the plate, paper & ink, hidden from the artist.
When the artist compares the plate with the print, he can observe how the press interpreted the plate, and make
modifications to the plate to correspond with his intent for the print. Observing a number of proofs as the artist
modifies the plate makes apparent a lot of information about how the artist works, his intents, his levels of concern
with various aspects of his art.
We have designed a method, which uses printmaking as the model, to illustrate a (mainly mental) space in a manner
similar to observing the proofs as an artist works on refining a plate.
The process can also be seen as an exploration of space by two observers from two different reference points and
their attempts to communicate, to understand & misunderstand each other.
We hardly know each other in the conventional sense of having talked or spent time with each other. Our
communication has not been driven or even informed at all by our daily lives; but by this strange, cryptic, invented
language of prints and instructions. It has been a bit like building an artificial, printed world.