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Drawing Systems

‘Unlike the remote precision of digital programmes the drawings carry the nervous rhythms and seismic waverings of the hand made’. – Tim Head Human’s imitating machines and machines imitating humans brings together all sorts of collisions and transhumanism references. Artist Tim Head’s artwork Slow Life is a hand rendered drawing created according to instructions that are similar to digitally produced images. I’ll […]


The Pond of Tranquility

One of the best things about the technological age is the way we learn now: it’s so multifaceted. And even with all the death and destruction in my work, I still feel that what I express – and the artist I’ve become – is a celebration of this technological age. – Matthew Day Jackson With […]


Rebel Relief

  Sam Burford‘s Star Wars Relief is a timelapse photograph taken from the film Star Wars IV. Burford uses a bespoke capture device to record the film footage that is then rendered as a series of extended (and abstract) film stills (see example here). In this instance the image has been transformed into a surface […]


Already Made

Gonna go straight in to it. Like Duchamp, Myers has enabled an art work to exist by an idea alone. In keeping with Duchamp’s iconic Fountain (1917) the artist (Myers) has removed his hand from the work – albeit by employing another to create a potential object to exist, rather than appropriating an existing object […]


Bleeding Pixels

Came across the artist Paul Ferragut some time ago but as this specific work is time based then maybe this is a timely post! Ferragut’s Time Printing Machine creates a pixelated aesthetic that is realized through durational deposits of ink on paper. By using a time based algorythm to drive a mechanical plotter Ferragut has devised […]


Piety of the Polychromer

The Sacred Made Real Exhibition, The National Gallery London, 2009 So what’s Polychrome? Craftsmanship, realism, hybridity, transcription and people loving what you’ve made – eh yes please. That said  the realistic quality of the polychrome sculpture and their visual presence in the 17th Century raised concerns within certain religious establishments. These concerns were observed through the […]


The Cadillac Whiz

I recently read an old Wired article entitled The New Remasters (1996 maybe) during my searches for digital printmaker practitioners. Amongst other things the article got me thinking about two areas of print; firstly the values and distinctions assigned to reproductions and secondly the ‘fine art’ of reproduction. The New Remasters summary: In short the […]


Shore to be Shore

“Most people presume thinking has to do with words that are either spoken or thought, where as visual thinking does not have these words” Stephen Shore, West Third Street, Parkersberg, West Virginia, May 16, 1974. Found an interesting video link the other day that got me on to thinking about Michael Polanyi’s tacit knowledge and […]


(Non) Graphic Images

Laidler, P. Mandrile, C. Super, A. (2014) (Non) Graphic Images of Violence: A studio conversation, g&e Print and Art Edition Magazine (www.grabadoyedicion.com/), ISSUE 42, pp 33 – 39 ISSN 1886-2306. The article in g&e Print and Art Edition Magazine is a co/authored text in the form of a studio conversation between two researchers and an artist. […]


Are ‘Books’ Electric?

Inclusion in Publication: ‘Are ‘Books’ Electric? Some possibilities for the artist’s book in the 21st Century’. Bodman, S. L. In: Derdyk, E., ed. (2013) entre ser um e ser mil: o objecto livro e suas poéticas.Os “livros” são eléctricos: São Paulo, Brazil: Senac, pp. 121-143 ISBN 9788539603596 Sarah Bodman (Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books and […]


Donwoods Woods

Collaborative Print Studio Project A little over a year ago I began discussing the possibility of producing a print edition with the artist Stanley Donwood as part of CFPR Editions. A year later we were pleased to edition two new laser engraved artworks (February Holloway, 2013 & Wait here we will come for you, 2013) that later coincided with Donwood’s […]


Pay Close Attention

Laidler, P. (2013) Pay Close Attention. CFPR, Bristol. Grabado Y Edicion Print and Art Edition Magazine (g&e) (37). pp. 42-50. ISSN 1886- 2306 The article discusses how the technically led research inquiries at the Centre for Fine Print Research (situated within the University of the West of England, Bristol) extend into activities with artists and […]


Visualising Colour Tends

From collaborative print studio project to research bid: In 2011 I invited UK based artist Arthur Buxton to produce a limited edition fine art print with CFPR Editions. The invitation was led by my preoccupation with artworks / artefacts that traverses the physical & digital divide and how this post digital space maybe located within a Graphic Arts discipline. In the case of Arthur […]


The seed of an idea

Collaborative Print Studio Project: Publishers and Print Studio’s will approach artists to produce editions for a range of different reasons that may include; long standing friendships, a studio specialism, economic benefits or for esteem indicators to name but a few. CFPR Editions is situated within a University context and as an academic who seeks to […]


Printmaking – new and old technologies – a conversation

Laidler, P. and Coldwell, P. (2012) Printmaking – new and old technologies – a conversation. Porte Arte, 19 (32). ISSN 2179-80011 The article  ‘Printmaking – new and old technologies — a conversation’ was developed during a collaborative print studio project between myself and Prof Paul Coldwell. During the production of a print edition Prof Coldwell and […]


Just Press Print

Curated Traveling Exhibition: Over the last 25 years we have seen new digital tools and processes enter the traditional domain of the collaborative print studio. These developments have, to some degree brought into question the role of the traditional print studio model if we consider the ubiquitous nature of digital resources and their impact upon […]


Just Press Print

Laidler, P. (2012) Just press print. In: 2nd International Printmaking Symposium, Bentlage Rheine, Germany, 27th – 30th September, 2012. Germany: http://www.snap2012.de/index.html For the 2nd International Printmaking Symposium in Rheine, Germany I talk about an exhibition that I have been developing alongside my collaborative print studio practice entitled “just press print”. This title was chosen to […]


CFPR Editions

Fine Art Print Publishing Project. The collaborative print studio has had a profound impact upon the production and realisation of some of the most innovative prints within the discipline of fine art printmaking. Traditionally these activities have centred upon the hand and mechanical print, two cornerstones of the fine art print industry that may have less persuasion in the digital age. […]


Shock and Awe Project

Collaborative Print Project After the successful printing of Richard Hamilton’s Typo-Topgraphy of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass in 2004 the artist returned to the CFPR studio to produce a number of further inkjet printed works. The latter of these works was an ink-jet on canvas print entitled Shock and Awe 2010. The project was developed in […]


Scape Project

Collaborative Print Studio Project: In 2007 I worked with the artist Neeta Madahar (represented by Purdy Hicks Gallery, London) on a two month long project that comprised of practices relating to photography, performance and printmaking. The collaborative project proposed by artists Neeta Madahar and Jo Lansley brought together their practices in photography and performance, the […]


Typo Topography Project

Collaborative Print Studio Project: I have always had a fascination with copies, reproductions, facsimilies, replica’s, translations and multiples in the visual art’s (and beyond). Perhaps an obvious link as to why I work in print. Anyway a few years ago I was incredibly fortunate to work on a fine art digital print edition with the late artist […]


Layering space

Collaborative Print Studio Project: Going back some years with this print studio collaboration, and although inkjet technology has advanced somewhat I believe the projects sentiments are still valid: Thinking through making and working outside of industrially defined print parameters. In 2003 I worked as the Master Printer on a residency program that was organised by the CFPR […]


Human Automation

Laidler, P. (2011) Human automation. Printmaking Today, 20 (4). p. 28. ISSN 0960 9253 The article Human Automation describes a practice based series of artworks that explore the print on demand model as a means to comment  the boundaries of print practice and how process is intrinsic to content. Save


The Printed Reality

Laidler, P. (2011) The Printed reality exhibition curated by Paul Laidler. The California Printmaker: The Journal of the California Society of Printmakers. pp. 15-17. Article Intro: The generation of this article was originally developed as a photographic print series that responded to the title Boarders of Perception. The title originated from the name of an international university exchange […]