In October 2013 I invited several web-to-print artists whose work I collect for Library of the Printed Web to contribute new work for an exhibition. The show would take the form of a 64-page publication.
The result is Printed Web #1.
These are artists who sift through enormous accumulations of images and texts on the web—hunting, grabbing, compiling and publishing. Nearly all of the artists here (Mishka Henner, Joachim Schmid, Clement Valla, Benjamin Shaykin, Christian Bök, & David Horvitz, Penelope Umbrico and Chris Alexander) use the search engine for navigation and discovery, enacting a kind of performance with data.
Additionally, pivotal texts by Hito Steyerl and Kenneth Goldsmith suggest a narrative frame for examining the work.
Printed Web #1 does not define a movement or an aesthetic; rather, it implies something spatial, or a new way of working in the world. Perhaps these pages present evidence of an emerging web-to-print practice forming around the artist (as archivist), the web (as culture) and publishing (as both an old and a new schema for expressing the archive).
Printed Web #1 may be purchased directly for $12. Also available at:
NYC / Printed Matter, McNally Jackson, Transfer Gallery, New Museum
LA / Ooga Booga, Family
San Francisco / Little Paper Planes
UK / Newspaper Club
Germany / Motto
France / L’Ascenseur Végétal
Korea / The Book Society
Printed Web #1
Tabloid newsprint, 30 x 36 cm (11.8 in x 14 in)
Full color printing on 52 gsm paper
First printing 1,000
Publisher: Paul Soulellis, Library of the Printed Web