etched wood cover, spiral bound
risograph printing on acid free linen paper
first printing edition of 7
signed and numbered
publication date: February 2019
distributed by the artist
Defunct Colleges is a series of 16 photographic postcards with an accompanying story on the back of each card. The collection is displayed on a postcard rack and also bound into an artist’s book. The schools pictured and their stories range greatly: Everest University, a for profit school which closed while students were left in debt, Morristown College, which offered higher education for former slaves, and the campus of Virginia Intermont which has been purchased by a Chinese university. Among the 16 cards, a few also are from the Boston area: Wheelock, Newbury, Mount Ida... This work is an exploration of campus architecture as a signifier of American intellectual power and the recent transformations taking place in the industry.
The cards were printed on a Risograph press, a hybrid between a xerox copier and screen printing. The process includes experimentation with customized halftone patterns and CMYK color separations, a mixture of high-tech and hands-on manipulations where each card has its own color variation and stands out as a unique object. Through its distorted colors and heavy halftone, the postcards transform into nostalgic artifacts hailing from the future.
Kingston Gallery, Cogent Message: Chantal Zakari, Boston, MA
boston, MA | COGENT MESSAGE, 2019
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