Genzken 2021, 29.7 x 42 cm, 11.7 x 16.5 in, Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
Mary Anne Francis
From the series Abstract Extracts
As the title of the series might propose, and sometimes, the shapes too, these designs have an origin outside the realm of pure form. Or: they have several origins which have offered raw material and a process of mediating that respectively.
In terms of their derivation, the designs are coded readings of pages from other artists' scrapbooks; the artistic outcome of an attempt to understand the way in which artists such as Hannah Höch, Burroughs & Gysin, and Eddie Squires, among others, used different materials in their practice of this form. Produced in the first place by the artist for a book to be published by Bloomsbury – Mixed Forms in Visual Culture: from the Cabinet of Curiosities to Digital Diversity – and supplied in that context with a key to the use of colours and an introduction, they can be seen as art-theory. Presented here without that apparatus, they might be enjoyed for the way in which they underline the scrapbooks’ material diversity and formal achievements, while also translating the figurative into the abstract.
This is work that seeks to probe the differences and overlaps between art and art-theory; the purely optical and the practical when those distinctions may rely much on the productive power of context.
Mary Anne Francis’ book Mixed Forms in Visual Culture: from the Cabinet of Curiosities to Digital Diversity will be published December 2021.
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- Limited edition print from the series Abstract Extracts
- Edition of 25
- 11.7 x 16.5 in (29.7 x 42 cm)
- Giclée print on 308gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag
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- Printed in the UK by The Print Space (a carbon neutral business)
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