Master’s of the Printverse

Ben Rowe, Batteries not included, MDF

Ben Rowe, Batteries not included, MDF Sculpture

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Artist Ben Rowe

Collaborative Print Studio Project:

On numerous occasions I have witnessed academics, artists, commentators and students make links between new print technologies and Science Fiction. Whether or not this is a light hearted connection it is undoubtedly a reoccurring phenomenon for example; Sci Fi and Print from Printeresting, Sci Fi inspired Workshops at MIT, RISD & Brown and Workshop 4 at VCU Qatar. I have tentatively explored similar themes in my own work but have always wanted to broaden this connection beyond my own thinking / making. More recently these sentiments have begun to take shape as part of a CFPR Editions collaborative print studio production, after a few conversation with Sci-Fi inspired artist Ben Rowe . I am therefore pleased to say that we have undertaken a collaborative project with a view to turning one of Rowe’s remarkably detailed sculptures into a limited print edition.

Ben Rowe describes the process behind his work, in part, as a ‘morphing of the digital world into a physical object,’ the intrigue and interest in the collaboration lies in the reimagining of the reversal of that process. In this instance the object is digitally captured before being rendered back into the physical as an analogue print edition. After visiting Ben in his Spike Island studio (studio 43) and discussing ideas in the following weeks we decided that the sculpture titled Batteries Not Included would be the first work to be editioned as a relief print.

In this instance the print project is the epitome of a collaborative studio endeavor when considering all of the contributors.

Artist: Ben Rowe
Project Initiator: Paul Laidler
Photographic Capture: Andrew Super
Digital File Preperation: Richard Falle
Flexo Plate Production: John McNaught
Relief Printing: Andrew Super

CFPR Editions' Paul Laidler & Andrew Super, capture Ben Rowe's sculpture

CFPR Editions’ Paul Laidler & Andrew Super, capture Ben Rowe’s sculpture

CFPR Editions' Paul Laidler & Andrew Super, capture Ben Rowe's sculpture

CFPR Editions’ Paul Laidler & Andrew Super, capture Ben Rowe’s sculpture

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Andrew Super embossing Ben Rowe Print

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Flexo plate

Ben Rowe, Batteries Not Included, 2014, Relief Print

Ben Rowe, Batteries Not Included, 2014, Relief Print

Recent interview by Coats & Scarry on Rowe’s work here

 

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