The way we process images is heavily influenced by the many visual reproductions we see everyday. Artworks are often seen as digital images online and printed pages in books before ever experienced firsthand. This concept is nothing new. Walter Benjamin's The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, a famous piece of art theory, examines the nuanced effects of seeing the artwork in reality with its perceived "aura" as well as the effect of seeing its reproduction.
Our relationship with printed matter is so everyday, how it comes to be is often overlooked. Here Nicholas Gottlund uses the materials and processes of commercial printing itself as artwork, revealing the methods behind the floods of visual information that surround our daily routines. Here's from the press release at the gallery:
"Comprised of thirteen aluminum plates traditionally used in offset lithograhy, Baker’s Dozen reflects on the materials and processes of commercial printing. The plates which are typically used to print from, in this case, are the work themselves. Objects such as paper, press sheets, film and cardboard are placed on their surfaces and exposed. Each plate is inked, leaving a visible copy of the original. There is a reflexive clarity to the effect each object has on the plate. The resulting thirteen works highlight perceptual variety; moving from monochrome flats to vibrating moirés. Baker’s Dozen poetically investigates the process of reproduction in a most literal way.” - Open Space Baltimore.