Library of the Printed Web is a collection of works by artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to create printed matter from content found on the web. LotPW includes self-published artists’ books, photo books, texts and other print works gathered around the casual concept of “search, compile and publish.”
Artists featured in LotPW use vast landscapes of data to collect and transform digital information into analog experience; every work in the collection is a printed expression of search engine pattern discovery. Many of the works in LotPW share common production and publishing techniques (e.g., print-on-demand), even as the content itself varies widely.
Founded in 2013 by Paul Soulellis, LotPW presents evidence of a strong, emerging web-to-print-based artistic practice based on the search engine and other algorithmic operations; as this view matures, the inventory of LotPW will grow to reflect new concepts and methodologies.
Rather than draw boundaries or define a new aesthetic with LotPW, this collection of printed artifacts is presented as a reference tool for studying shifting relationships between the web (as culture), the artist (as archivist) and print publishing (as a new/old self-serve schema for expressing the archive).
The collection exists as a physical archive of artists’ books housed in a special wooden display case on wheels in New York City. LotPW includes at least one copy of each item in the inventory, except where noted. A travel edition of the collection is available.
Institutions and curators are invited to borrow works from Library of the Printed Web for exhibition. Paul Soulellis is available to speak about the collection.
Library of the Printed Web continues to attract international attention from those interested in net art, artists’ books and experimental publishing. LotPW was featured in Kenneth Goldsmith’s The Artful Accidents of Google Books in The New Yorker, in West Space Journal (Melbourne) and in Studio Rivista (Milan).
Paul presented the collection and delivered the talk “Search, compile, publish—towards a new artist’s web-to-print practice” at The Book Affair at the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale in May 2013.
Printed Web is the first publication devoted to web-to-print art and discourse, published semi-annually by Library of the Printed Web. The first issue launched at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair in January 2014 and is available for purchase for $12.
To contribute work or to suggest an artist to be included in Library of the Printed Web, or for any other inquiries, contact Paul Soulellis.