Loyola University Chicago


Bad Editions

Curated by Rafael E. Vera
Sept to Oct 2017

Throughout history, printmaking processes have been used to reproduce and disseminate ideas by way of books, pamphlets, posters, and even playing cards.  Printmaking is a rigorous discipline that demands a set of strategies that will result in the creation of a matrix, which is then used to recreate--as identically as possible--the same image multiple times.  Within contemporary art practice, the boundaries that once defined printmaking as a utilitarian reproductive technique have been experimented with, enhanced, modified, and sometimes even exterminated.  Interdisciplinary methods of art-making have created collaborations between mark-making, material, surface, and concept that beg the question: what is a print?

In Bad Editions, a series of artists explore the possibilities of printmaking as a process, as a philosophy, and as an excuse for art-making.  By incorporating strategies that deviate from tradition—turning a chair seat into a woodcut, using a pigskin instead of a copper plate, or altering existing mass media print materials—the artists in this exhibition challenge printmaking to define itself broadly. These artists take traditional methodologies as a point of departure to question the limits of the print, the role of the edition, and how printmaking techniques might inform other disciplines.

Bad Editions Curatorial Essay 


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Bad Editions