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.
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 event that I attended in Enschede, Holland in 2008. The work produced during the 2 week long event sought to bring together the photographic image, the printed artefact and their representation within a location based contexts. Thereafter I explored the idea of capturing printed images within different environments as a curated online exhibition by inviting other practitioners that were adopting similar approaches.
The resulting collection of images entitled The Printed Reality was also realised as a physical exhibition at the Impact 6 Printmaking conference in Bristol. Dissemination of both the online and physical exhibition caught the attention of the Printeresting group (The thinking person’s favorite resource for interesting print miscellany) who were guest editing The California Printmaker journal and thought the exhibition idea would be an interesting article.
Exhibition Premise used for the article went like this:
The invention and subsequent development of the printed image has changed the way in which we learn, see and describe the world around us. Our preoccupation with viewing the world through its image has created an environment of two-dimensional projections unfolding from three-dimensional beginnings. Within the Printed Reality group the interplay between image and object is not a seamless transition but one of artifice, theatre. Here the recorded image functions as a backdrop, a stage prop positioned and presented in such a manner that we are readerly accepting of its fictional role. The performance emanates through the recording of edges and folds, casting both shadows and omitting reflections from an external world, a reality not of our own but somewhat more representative of our own. The Printed Reality Exhibition presents photographic images by seven different artists within a gallery instillation setting. The exhibition was conceived as a format for considering the relationship between print and the Internet in the era of Photography 2.0. The overlapping of the electronic image and printed presentation in The Printed Reality exhibition draws upon further associations with the use of digital platforms as a means to disseminate physical artefacts within museums, galleries and educational institutions.
UWE Repository link to full article here