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Carl Nanoff

Paper Work

New Prints by Carl Nanoff

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 12:00 am – 12:00 am
  • On View: October 8, 2016 – December 30, 2016

Paper Work, a new exhibition by Highpoint cooperative artist Carl Nanoff, features seven monoprints inspired by the artist’s relationship to paperwork during his 40-year career as a draftsman.

The artist offered the following remarks:

I worked as a draftsman for 40 years and was always buried in paper work, both literally and figuratively. I enjoyed the drawing process and working on cotton or linen papers. The drawings needed to be maintained and archived and there was permanence to them. These prints are a reflection of working on paper and the paper work that went with it. I was part of the last generation of drafters to draw on paper and as my work transitioned to the computer, I still remained buried in paper. With the transition to computer, electrons were the end product, and any paper associated with it was an inexpensive disposable tool.

The idea for this series of prints was to expand on the theme of the monoprint I made earlier in the year. These prints incorporate some of the tools of my former trade; drafting β€œon the board,” print type, and rubber stamps. The prints represent the changes to the drafting process; much of which became a copy and paste repetition, just with different details.

These prints reflect the tasks of sorting through past projects, determining relevant versus obsolete or redundant. At some point the linen or cotton drawings I worked on were no longer needed. There was no longer a need for physical permanence. Their end would be the same as all the obsolete copies: shredding.

Pictured: Carl Nanoff, Training Day (detail), monoprint, 2016